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Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Tour Nov. 4-5

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:57

Experience three iconic garden estates in the Blue Hills awash in fall colors! On November 4th and 5th from 10 am until 3 pm, The Trustees’ Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, the Mary Wakefield Estate and Historic New England’s Eustis Estate will be celebrating the fall season with unique crafts, seasonal beverages and treats, and activities for the whole family. At the Bradley Estate, come “make and take” beautiful centerpieces and fall decorations using the fruits of our harvest from the kitchen, woodland gardens and trails. From dried flowers, to gourds and pine cones we will have plenty of material to choose from. The Wakefield Estate will feature guided walks through its unique arboretum and grounds, nature-based crafts, autumn seed collecting and fun activities for the whole family. Landscape tours will be highlighted at the Eustis Estate, built in 1878 and designed by renowned architect, William Ralph Emerson. At each Estate, member tickets are $5; and nonmembers: $10. Children under 12: free. See all three and obtain a free program voucher to redeem at one of the estates through December 2017. Check the websites of each location to learn of the amazing fall to early winter fun-filled family events to choose from.

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Fantastic Fruit on Display! - a new feature on our website

Friday, 22 September 2017 11:04

We've added a new feature to our website! You can check out some of the fantastic fruit currently on display at the Wakefield Estate by pointing to the "Visit" tab on our website, "drop down" to the new "Fantastic Fruit on Display" tab and slide over to one of the tabs describing some of the intriguing plants currently in displaying gorgeous or unusual fruit or seed pods. Check back frequently because we will be adding additional entries as the fruit on different trees and shrubs ripens and is prime for viewing.

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Join us for our final Summer Garden Music, Friday Sept. 15th

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:47

We have something extra special planned for our final evening of garden music! This time join us on Friday evening, September 15th at 6:00 to stroll the gardens or just kick back, enjoy a refreshing beverage and hear great music and savor the final days of summer. Eric Martin, who gave such a fantastic and fun performance during last summer's series, returns to serenade summer's swan song. Martin, a local Brush Hill resident and prominent Boston singer-songwriter and musician known for his bluesy repertoire and talent on the guitar, blues harp and vocals, is sure to provide the perfect sets for an enjoyable Friday with friends. Suitable for all ages. Tickets $10 for adults; subject to cancellation due to weather.

Reservations required. Please call to RSVP: 617-333-0924.

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2017 Interns Wrapping Up a Packed Six Weeks

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:37

This year, the Wakefield Estate Summer Landscape Intern crew was small but mighty, with just three very special and carefully chosen members. With two young women who are horticulture majors at Norfolk Aggie, and a graduating senior from Academy of the Pacific Rim who is headed to Unity College to pursue Environmental Studies, this year's crew has exceeded our expectations, proving that indeed "less can be more." The 2017 crew has helped further spruce up the estate's landscape and created a spectacular new woodland trail which will delight students in the fall. This year many visitors have remarked that the estate has never looked better, and the summer work of the interns will help us maintain the high standard we've achieved.
The 2017 Summer Landscape Intern Crew includes: Ava Burke, Colleen McDonough, and Sebastian Boucher.
Great job team, and best of luck in the fall!
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