Dogwood Days 2017: A Week-long Celebration

Dogwood Days 2017: A Week-long Celebration


Plan to visit us during our signature event: Dogwood Days - the annual week-long celebration of estate’s iconic kousa dogwood trees this June!

Each June, the Wakefield Estate welcomes visitors to celebrate the annual blooming of hundreds of Polly Wakefield's kousa dogwood trees. We’re excited to announce that this year’s Dogwood Days will include our fifth annual Dogwood Days Garden Party on June 17th (rsvp required), kicking off week-full of special events, including open hours, guided tours, a tree sale and more. This year, Dogwood Days will begin on Saturday the 10th with one of the estate's most enjoyed event: Dogs and Dogwoods. Starting that day for a week, the grounds will be open daily for self-guided walks around the formal gardens where hundreds of kousa dogwoods will be at their peak bloom. 

Schedule is subject to change. Please call 617-333-0924 to confirm specific program info.

In conjunction with our Dogwood Days Celebration, we will hold our annual plant sale. This is your opportunity to add some special woody plants and perennials to your own yard, including some of the estate's signature kousa dogwoods, metasequoias, tulip trees, and mayapples. 


Program highlights include:

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 17th: Our annual Dogwood Days Garden Party. Help us kick off Dogwood Days with this wonderful celebration of the glorious dogwoods and grounds held at the Isaac Davenport Mansion! Festivities begin at 5 pm. For more information or to RSVP, call 617-333-0924.

Saturday, June 10: Bonsai Workshop

Learn how to create your own bonsai using local trees.  All materials provided; participants will create the own bonsai. 11:00 am-noon. $25/members; $35/non-members. Space is limited for this session so registration is required; call 617-333-0924 x22.

Sunday, June 11: Garden Conservancy Open Day Program, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Each year hundreds of exceptional gardens nationwide are selected to participate in Garden Conservancy’s Open Days. This year, the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust has partnered with the Garden Conservancy to organize “Greater Boston Area Open Days” on June 11th featuring the Wakefield Estate, and other outstanding gardens. Begin your day at the Wakefield Estate, pick up a map and head out to see some great and inspiring gardens. For more information, visit the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program website for the Greater Boston Open Days. Admission to each garden is $7. Discounted admission tickets are available in advance through the Garden Conservancy website. They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.

A guided tour of the Wakefield Estate will be offered at 1:00 pm, rain or shine.

Monday, June 12 – Saturday, June 17

During Dogwood Days week-long celebration, the estate will be open to the public daily from 10am-4pm for self-guided garden tours and plant sale. Stroll about the estate grounds and formal gardens to view hundreds of breathtaking kousa dogwoods at their peak bloom. Plein air artists are invited to capture the blooming dogwoods on canvas and will have the opportunity to sell their work at a later event or enter a competition for the image to be used on the 20187 Dogwood Days poster. If your garden club or organization would like a private guided tour, please call us at (617) 333-0924. During Dogwood Days, a donation of $5 for admission is suggested.

Wednesday, June 14: Wine, Cheese, and Trees Tour

Enjoy light refreshments while strolling the formal gardens and learn about the history of the estate’s signature trees.  6:00 -7:30 pm. For admission to this special evening, a donation of $10 is suggested and a RSVP is requested at 617-333-0924.

Saturday, June 17: 5th Annual Dogwood Days Garden Party

Join us at the 5h Annual Dogwood Days Garden Party here at the historic Wakefield Estate and arboretum. This year, the party will be the final crowning event of our Dogwood Days, an annual celebration of the estate's 300 kousa dogwood trees' glorious full bloom. The Dogwood Days Garden Party is our annual fundraiser, celebrating the legacy of Polly Wakefield and her extraordinary gift to the community: preserving the Wakefield Estate and making it open to the public.

This year the party will showcase hors d'oeuvres created by these six local chefs:
Chris Douglass (Ashmont Grill and Tavolo);
Tony DeRienzo (Novara);
Anthony Haley (Antonio's Bacaro);
Suzanne Lombardi (The Plate);
Joan MacIsaac (Effie's Homemade);
Francis Santos (ester).
In addition, there will be live music, a silent auction and wonderful food and drinks, takes place in the beautiful formal gardens of the estate, surrounded by hundreds of kousa dogwood trees in full bloom. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. Ticket order forms can be accessed here and mailed to our address: Wakefield Charitable Trust, 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186.

Directions to the Wakefield Estate

From Rt. I-95/128
Take exit 2B in Canton for Rt. 138 NORTH.  Proceed through set of lights.  About a half-mile or so later, just after passing the Trailside Museum on your right, bear right onto Canton Ave and then take an immediate left onto Brush Hill Rd.  You will cross over Rt. 138 – go another 100 yards or so and enter the Wakefield Estate through the first opening in the stonewall on your left – you will see a long and straight dirt lane.

Address of Estate: 1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton, MA  02186
Tel: 617-333-0924


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