Framingham, MA - New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods opens its 2011 season April 15. The Garden’s season extends through October 31, 2011, Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From April 15 through July 4, extended hours are scheduled on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to give the public a chance for an early morning walk or to catch the perfect light for photographing native plant species in bloom. Admission fees are $10 for Adults 18-64, $7 for Seniors 65+, and $5 for Youths 3-17. Last admissions are one-half hour before closing. Guided walking tours are offered free with paid admission when the Garden is open weekdays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 2 p.m.
The theme for the 2011 season is People, Plants, and Pollinators. New interpretive signage explains the importance and role of native plants in New England and develops the horticulture and conservation messages of using native plants in different New England habitats and gardens. The Idea Garden has undergone a face lift with expanded ideas and conservation messaging presented. The Invasive Plant Jail has been moved to this location, providing a stronger location for the message to visitors about the problems arising in New England from the spread of these invaders and what can be done about them. Also, in the Idea Garden, an expanded edible garden and herb garden give visitors a fascinating view of native edible plants and medicinal herbs.
Last winter, a significant amount of tree work was performed in the Garden which opened up the canopy above many of the flower beds to more light. Trees had been allowed over the years to grow mightily from tiny specimens of the 1930s. By opening up the canopy, the Garden will be able to feature more native plant species and recognize its heritage from the 1930s and 1940s when the trees were much lower and not shading the area so much. The stock beds, which have not been used for many years, are being refurbished to allow the Society to grow many plants for sale which need this habitat.
Three exhibits are planned for the season;
June 15 – August 31: Native BUZZ: Creative Container Gardening for Pollinators
August 17 – September 21: People, Plants, & Pollinators Take 1-Photo Show of Historic Photos
September 21 – October 31: People, Plants, & Pollinators Take 2-Photo Show
Garden in the Woods began in 1931 when Will C. Curtis purchased 30 acres to create his dream of a “big wildflower sanctuary in which plants will be grown, their likes and dislikes discovered, and the knowledge gained passed on in an effort to curb the wholesale destruction of our most beautiful natives.” Thirty-four years later Curtis and his partner Howard Stiles deeded the property to New England Wild Flower Society. The Garden was then expanded to 45 acres with new plantings along new trails and in extended habitats. The beauty and charm of the original Garden, with winding paths and a choice collection of rare and beautiful plants, are still hallmarks of the Garden today. With more than 1,000 native plant species and 100 rare and endangered species, the Garden is an ever-blooming place to visit spring, summer, and fall and learn about native plants and sustainable gardening.
2011 Calendar for Garden in the Woods
April 15 - Opening Day
April 23 - Earth Day Celebration – free general admission - special events from 12-4p.m.
April 30 – “Civil War Era” Native Plant Garden Tour – 1 p.m.
May 6 - National Public Gardens Day
May 8 - Mother’s Day
May 13 - GO WILD! Fundraising Party/Auction
May 30 - Memorial Day – Open
June 19 - Father’s Day
June 21 - Animal Ambassadors "Rainforest Reptiles" 10-11a.m.
June 15 - Members Day
June 15 (thru August 31) – Opening Day – Container Show - "Native BUZZ: Creative Container Gardening for Pollinators” - Invitational, educational competition (professional and people’s choice awards)
July 4 - Independence Day – Open
July 19 - Animal Ambassadors "Animal Adventures" 10-11a.m.
July 20 - Members Day
July 20 (thru September 20) - Opening Day – Photo Exhibit “People, Plants, Pollinators” Take 1
August 9 - Animal Ambassadors "Eyes on Owls" 10-11a.m.
August 14 - Free Lecture on Native Plants and the Civil War 1 p.m.
August 14 – “Civil War Era” Native Plant Garden Tour 2 p.m.
August 17 - Members Day
August 28 – “Civil War Era” Native Plant Garden Tour 2 p.m.
September 5 - Labor Day – Open
September 21 - Members Day
September 21 (thru October 31)-Opening Day–Photo Exhibit “People, Plants, Pollinators” Take 2,
September 24 - Museums Day with Smithsonian Magazine special pricing
September 25 – Grandparents Day – special events 1-4 p.m.
October 2 - Annual Native Plant Lecture and Certificate Awards
October 10 - Columbus Day – Open
October 19 - Members Day
October 31 - Closing Day
The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Founded in 1900, the Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters is located at Garden in the Woods, a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 35 staff and more than 1,000 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. Education programs are offered in every New England State as part of the largest native plant education program in America. The Society also operates a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts, which grows plants for retail customers and for landscaping and restoration projects, and has eight sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public. For more information, visit www.newenglandwild.org.
Looking for that special garden ornament? A specimen tree? Or maybe tree pruning from one of the area’s most reputable contractors? Then prepare to bid early and often at the annual on-line auction In the Garden at www.cogdesign.org, April 5-12. All proceeds help bring gardens and parks to the greater Boston area.
In the Garden offers specialty goods and services for the discerning gardener and attracts great interest and spirited bidding. Among the prized offerings this year are a topiary lemon cypress from specialty nursery Snug Harbor Farm, one-of-a-kind artwork for indoors and out, pampering soaps from the Royal Horticultural Society, and much more. Retail values for auction selections range from $25 to $1,600.
COGdesign provides pro bono landscape design services wherever people need plants, gardens and parks, from homeless shelters and public schools to community gardens and neighborhood green spaces, throughout the greater Boston area.