Concord: “A Talk, a Tour and Tea: An Afternoon in Hawthorne’s Garden’’ offers a glimpse of the legumes and blossoms grown in 1842 by Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, plus a light English-style tea, story-telling, and garden vegetables for the sampling, Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Old Manse, 269 Monument St. $25. 978-369-3909.
Framingham: In “Late Season Container Gardening,’’ instructor Dan Jaffe helps participants get past the potted chrysanthemum-and-pumpkin style of decorating for their front porch this fall on Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, at the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road. With summer winding down, it’s time to jazz up those tired container plantings you’ve been watering since June. Discover native plants that carry color, texture, and form into the fall and learn tips on design, maintenance, and over-wintering. $36. 508-877-7630, www.newenglandwild.org.
Watertown: “On Tap!’’ is a tap-dance extravaganza featuring the faculty and guests of the Beantown Tap Fest, showcasing an incredible stylistic range of the dance style, from traditional jazz solos to evocative contemporary choreography, with participants including “Stomp’’ veteran Michelle Dorrance, local tap maverick Josh Hilberman, and “Noise/Funk’’ alum Sean Fielder, accompanied by the Yoko Miwa Trio, Friday, 8 p.m., at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. $30; seniors $27; ages 12 and under $15. 617-923-0100, www.beantowntapfest.com.
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