Boston Globe Garden Writer Carol Stocker will answer your garden questions live on-line at Boston.com 1-2 p.m. Friday. For a free Orchard Pruning Workshop Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., go to the Shirley-Eustis House Orchard located at 33 Shirley Street in Roxbury, Ben Crouch of Jamaica Plain’s Land of Plenty Gardens will provide pruning tips on how and when to cut your trees, along with secrets on how to boost production and quality of fruit, and tree health and longevity.
As part of the Boston Orchard Program, Boston Natural Areas Network is partnering with the Shirley Eustis House Assoc., the Food Project , Land of Plenty, and the Boston Tree Party. The free program is for everyone interested in learning more about protecting their trees. Reservations are required. Contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Boston Natural Areas Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together local residents, partner organizations, public officials and foundations to preserve, expand, and enhance urban open space, including community gardens, greenways, and urban wilds. For more information about the organization, becoming a member or the calendar of events, visit www.bostonnatural.org or call 617-542-7696.
The author of "Boston's Gardens & Green Spaces" will lecture Sunday, June 12, 12:30 p.m., on the role of public spaces in greater Boston's historic and contemporary landscapes. She explores how the philosophy behind public spaces has shifted over the years and the significance of native flora and green space to the city's overall health. Tower Hill's Orangerie is featured in her up[ to date book, which has been well reviewed and will be fore sale. The lecture and admission for Tower Hill members is $15, non-members $20
Sandwich, Mass.—Heritage Museums & Gardens kicks off summer with the Heritage Rhododendron Festival, running through May 30 from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. This ten-day celebration features horticultural walking tours, children’s activities, a plant sale of rare rhododendrons, and workshops about rhododendron care, flower arranging, digital photography, and nature painting.
The 100-acre grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens feature thousands of rhododendron shrubs that burst into pink, red, and cream-hued bloom in late May. These plants are the legacy of two rhododendron-obsessed men. Charles Owen Dexter, a man of varied interests who became famous for hybridizing and propagating rhododendrons, lived on the property between 1921 and 1943. His plant breeding goals were hardiness, clear bright colors, fragrance, and large, showy blossoms. Other unique rhododendron cultivars in the Heritage gardens are the work of horticulturist Jack Cowles, who lived and worked on the estate from 1957 to 1967.
Heritage Museum & Gardens is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Museum admission is $15.00 (adults), $12.00 (seniors), $7.00 (youth, ages 4 to 16), and free for members and children age 3 and under. Heritage is conveniently located off Route 6 at 67 Grove Street in Sandwich, Massachusetts. For more information, call 508.888.3300 or see www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org.
Heritage Museums & Gardens, a 42-year-old not for profit, is the largest public garden in Southern New England. It is located on 100 acres of gardens and nature trails on the banks of Shawme Pond in Historic Sandwich. In addition to the magnificent grounds, known for their encyclopedic collections of daylilies, hostas and hydrangeas, the estate holds a nationally significant collection of Dexter rhododendrons, specialty gardens, water features, and sculpture. Hidden Hollow, a new family-friendly feature, is a place for exploration of the natural world and learning about environmental stewardship. Heritage offers three buildings housing permanent exhibits of world-class automobiles, a working carousel, American folk art, and changing special exhibits on aspects of American culture. Heritage holds nationally significant collections of American folk art and other artistic and historical artifacts.
BOYLSTON, Mass.- Tower Hill's annual Plant Sale has been re-branded as "SPROUTS!" - to include specialty commercial nurseries that will augment the selection from non-profit plant societies, and Tower Hill's own selection of perennials, herbs & everlastings, shrubs & trees including Cary Award winners, native plants, houseplants, annuals, and vegetables. Also for sale will be souvenir plants-divisions from the Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Vendors will offer unusual garden ornaments and accessories. Knowledgeable volunteers and staff will be on hand to help shoppers with their selections.
In addition, two Silent Auctions feature a variety of choice, hard-to-find plants
and garden ornaments. The Cactus & Succulent, Conifer, Daylily, Epimedium, Fern,
Heather, Hosta, Indoor Gardener, Lilac, Miniature Plant, and Rose Societies will
also offer their specialties, as well as how-to-grow information.
Refreshments are available cafeteria-style at Twigs Café. The Shop at Tower Hill
also offers tools & supplies, garden gifts and new and used gardening books. Admission is $5 per carload.
A Preview Party and Sale with a Live Auction of Garden Services, will be held
on Friday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, Call 508-869-6111 ext 136 to order,
or order online at the Garden's website.
For information on other June plant sales, classes and garden tour, please refer to previous postings.
The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury presents "We're Flowering in West Roxbury 2011." It will be held on Sat. June 25 from 10am-3pm. The tour is self-guided and is held rain or shine. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of. They may be purchased by calling 617-469-3368 or 617-327-4019 or at Roche Bros. on Centre St. West Roxbury
For information on other garden tours and plant sales, please view previous columns.
Hostas are a wonder plant for shade, with leaves of various sizes, textures and colors. This annual teaching even is hosted by the New England Hosta Society this year. Only a few full registrations are still available.Visit hosta2011.org or contact Kathie Sisson at 860-673-1426 for more information
Painters for a Purpose supports the Elizabeth Stone House with new exhibit at the Arnold Arboretum. Opening reception will be Saturday June 11, 1:00pm. This is a group of South Shore artists who donate 30% of their sales from each exhibit to a local charity. For their upcoming exhibit at the Arnold Arboretum, they have chosen the Elizabeth Stone House. The opening reception will be in the Hunnewell Building at the Arboretum and is free and open to the public. There will be an Artists talk: Wednesday, June 29 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Located in Roxbury, MA, the Elizabeth Stone House is committed to countering the effects of trauma and breaking the cycles of violence and abuse—one family at a time. Through residential and community support services, the Stone House helps families heal and women reclaim control over their lives. The Stone House helps women and families rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and other forms of trauma. The Stone House provides residential and non-residential programs, as well as an emergency shelter for those who are in immediate need.
Saturday, May 21; 9:30am - 2:30pm at the Espousal Conference Center, 554 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 02454: Perennials, herbs, shrubs, and trees $3-$10 for most, also gardening gloves, worm farms, and worm castings. Experienced gardeners will be on hand to help with selection. Professional landscape designers will be available for individual design consultations for $25 for half an hour. Bring photos of your yard or project.
Proceeds from the Plant Sale will be used for COGdesign's Nursery Garden, on the grounds of the Espousal Center, which supplies plants to other community projects throughout greater Boston. For more information visit cogdesign.org
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The 20th Annual Long Hill Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unusual plants include tulip tree, Japanese snowbell, dove tree, and Japanese maple.The sale includes a silent auction, hundreds of perennials, including many native, and a connoisseur’s corner. Enjoy a stroll through the historic Sedgwick Gardens which will be in peak bloom. Horticultural experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Rain or shine.
The Hanover Garden Club will have a Members' Favorites Plant Sale on Saturday, May 21, at Riley Hall, Hanover Center, Rt. 139, Hanover, MA, 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds fund the purchase of flowers for the traffic islands.
Boston Globe Garden Guru Carol Stocker will be answering questions live on Boston;com 1-2 p.m. today live.
Stockbridge, MA. . .Berkshire Botanical Garden announces its 2011 theme, Out on a Limb along with a lineup of informative and fanciful exhibitions and events as it celebrates its 77th year providing garden information and inspiration.
The display gardens open May 1, 9 am-5 pm with the first annual Roy Boutard Day celebrating the vision and leadership of the Garden’s director from 1954-1984. This free, community celebration marks the start of the season with a 1 pm tour and tales of the Garden led by horticulturist David Burdick, followed by a reception at 2 pm with a traditional Mai Bowle punch.
Also on May 1, the Garden launches its season with the opening of “Out On a Limb: Architects Take a Bough,” featuring an installation of six tree houses created by noted architects and designers. This exhibition is sponsored by Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd. The Out on a Limb theme continues June 11 with the opening of “Bird Necessities,” an exploration by artists and designers of how to provide birds with shelter, food, water and habitat. Both installations will remain in place through Columbus Day.
The Garden’s 34th annual Plant Sale, “Furnishing Your Garden,” is scheduled for May 6-7. Over 5,000 plants in every category appropriate to northeastern gardens will be on sale. The sale is highlighted by a dramatic plant display à la Chelsea flower Show by designer David Dew Bruner. Specialty vendors from the Berkshires and Hudson, New York will provide an exceptional selection of plants, garden gifts, home furnishings and antiques. Hours are Friday, May 6 11 am–5 pm and Saturday, May 7 9 am-5 pm. Early buying is available to Garden members Friday, May 6, 8 to 11 am. Free admission. The Plant Sale is sponsored by Ed Herrington, Inc.
Cocktails in Great Gardens, a popular series of Friday evening visits to spectacular private gardens, provides a rare opportunity to roam private spaces with the host gardeners themselves in the waning light of the summer day. This year’s dates are June 17 in Lenox, MA, July 15 in Great Barrington, MA and August 19 in Stockbridge, MA. Admission is limited and reservations are required. Members $20 / Nonmembers $ 25; all three great gardens:
2011 is the year of the rose at Berkshire Botanical Garden, where guest gardener Michael Marriott, rosarian for David Austin Roses has redesigned the rose garden with beautiful, fragrant hardy English Roses. A July 16 rose garden celebration will include a 2:30 pm lecture by Mr. Marriott on naturally healthy roses, followed by a reception at 4 pm. Members $30 / Nonmembers $35. Reservations are required.
The Garden’s annual Fête des Fleurs, a dazzling midsummer garden gala held at the height of the season’s bloom, will be hosted at Berkshire Botanical Garden on July 23. Gala tickets will be available through the Garden’s web site or by calling 413-298-3926.
The Grow Show on August 6-7 is a spin off on best-in-show gardening featuring categories ranging from home raised blooms to vegetables as art in a new twist combining flower show tradition with garden whimsy. There will also be a photography competition with the area’s best photographers. Hours are August 6, 1-5 pm and August 7, 10 am-5 pm. The Grow Show is held in conjunction with “Contained Exuberance,” a popular annual exhibition of container gardens highlighted by an instructive tour with the designers August 6 at 11 am.
Families have been flocking to the Garden’s beloved Harvest Festival for over 75 years. This year’s festival, scheduled for October 1-2, 10 am-5 pm, promises to live up to its reputation as a Berkshire mainstay, with new attractions, live music, a world-class silent auction (Saturday only), one-of-a-kind gifts, locally grown produce and fun for all ages.
The year concludes with the Garden’s Holiday Marketplace, where a twinkling winter wonderland is abuzz with holiday cheer. Choose from