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Mushroom Propagation Workshop 4/8

Friday, 24 March 2017 13:31

Mushroom Propagation Workshop 4/8

Take home your own gourmet mushroom log for years of mushroom harvesting!

Don’t miss the Wakefield Estate’s annual mushroom growing workshop on Saturday, April 8th from 9:00-11:30 am! After an introduction of different mushroom growing methods, we will teach you how to inoculate logs with shiitake mushroom spawn and send you home with your own “seeded” log which can provide mushrooms for up to 5 years. This is a great family-friendly event. Please bring your own drill and half-inch drill bit if you have one. All materials provided. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Cost: $20/members; $30/non-members; $50/Family. Co-Sponsored by Brookwood Community Farm. Call 617-333-0924 to register today. 

 

 

 

March Stone Soup & Speaker Series w/Alan Banks 3/29 6:00-7:30pm

Monday, 06 March 2017 12:15

This month, our Stone Soup and Speaker series continues with remarks by Alan Banks, Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline. Banks will explore how industrial developments in the 19th century led Milton's own visionary Charles Eliot tocreate Trustees of the Reservation and ultimately, the Boston Metropolitan Parks System, one of the first of its type in the world.This year's Stone Soup & Speaker Series, held on the last Wednesday of the month through April, is looking closely at several key periods of our local history to highlight stories of our past that reveal important connections to our present and future.Soup is served at 6:00 pm followed by the talk at 6:30. $10 suggested donation. Space is limited and this year's series has been very popular, verging on "standing room only" attendance, so re-registration is important and required. To RSVP or for more information, please call 617-333-0924.

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The knitters at Fuller Village and Our "Girls" Are Press Sensations!

Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:15

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Photo courtesy of David Ryan, Boston Globe
After selling their gorgeous wares at the Holiday Fair, the Fuller Village knitters are always on the look-out for a new project. This year Nancy Kearns suggested knitting "chicken jumpers" (sweaters) for the molting hens and chilly Malaysian rooster Prince Peep at the Wakefield Estate. They made a dozen of different sizes and bright colors. When they scheduled a trip out to see how their sweaters fit on the chickens, the Boston Globe picked up the story. After the Globe printed this article online and in the Globe South Sunday edition on 2/25, suddenly these ladies, the knitters and the hens, are "hot" with a follow-up stories by WGBH "Greater Boston"(if you missed it, you can view it by clicking here), Fox TV and the AP.
We love the fact that this great story about how the estate's programs provide intergenerational community engagement and connections. Keep your eye out for a piece about all these "chicks" in the press in coming days or check "Prince Peep"'s Facebook page to follow the story.

What's Blooming?

Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:03

What's blooming?

We've added a new feature to our website! You can check out what's blooming by pointing to the "Visit" tab on our website and clicking on the new "What's blooming?" drop-down tab or by clicking on this link.

What's blooming? 

Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)

We planted these beauties this past spring and they are thriving in the garden. 

Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) and Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis).

They are somewhat coarse, loosely-branched, medium to large, deciduous shrubs that typically grow 12-20’ tall. They are particularly noted for their spidery, often fragrant, mid- to late winter flowers which appear before the spring foliage emerges.

The genus name comes from the Greek words hama meaning at same time and melon meaning apple or fruit in reference to the occurrence of both fruit and flowers at the same time on this shrub (particularly in the case of fall flowering members of the genus).

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