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Reading, Looking & Writing: Poetry Workshop 9/24

Monday, 08 August 2016 09:28

Don¹t miss our first-ever writer¹s workshop, Reading, Looking & Writing that will focus on poetry-writing with noted poet Gail Mazur. The grounds and collections of the Wakefield Estate will provide the backdrop and inspiration for a lively discussion about the origins and development of poems followed by a time for each to practice new skills and craft and share original poems. The Workshop will run from 11:00 am - 3:45 pm. Following the workshop at 4:00 pm, the public is invited to hear Ms. Mazur read poems from her published work.

Gail Mazur, a highly acclaimed writer and poet, is the founder of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Harvard Square, which became, with its weekly readings, a center of poetry life, bringing national and international writers to read in a lively informal atmosphere. Her first collection, Nightfire, was published in 1978, followed by The Pose of Happiness, The Common, They Can¹t Take That Away from Me, Zeppo¹s First Wife: New and Selected Poems ­ which was winner of The Massachusetts Book Prize. 

Space is very limited; pre-registration required.  $40 members; $50
non-members. Lunch provided. The reading at 4:00 pm is free and open to the public; please RSVP. Call 617-333-0924 to register or to RSVP.

Dogwood Days 2017: A Week-long Celebration

Monday, 23 May 2016 13:35

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), this year capping off a week full of special events, including open hours, guided tours, a tree sale and more. Starting Saturday the 10th, 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. This year Dogwood Days will kick off with one of the estate's most enjoyed event: Dogs and Dogwoods.
Program highlights include (schedule subject to change, call to confirm):
Saturday, June 10: Dogs and Dogwoods Day - one of the year's most fun events!
For more details about any of these, visit the link from our home page for Dogwood Days, or click here.
Sunday, June 11: Garden Conservancy Open Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, June 12 - Saturday, June 17 -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. If your garden club or organization would like a private guided tour, please call us at (617) 333-0924.
Wednesday, June 14: Wine, Cheese, and Trees Tour
Saturday, June 17th: Dogwood Days Garden Party
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Help out at Volunteer Day, May 14th -12 noon - 3 pm

Monday, 09 May 2016 11:48

There is lot of work to be done preparing for Dogwood Days and a Volunteer Day is scheduled May 14th, 12 noon - 3:00. If you want to pitch in and help, or have a school, church or community group you can recruit, we need your help! Trees need to be potted up for our tree sale. Gardens need to be prepped for planting from weeding to mulching to planting and transplanting a wonderful variety of plant material. Come spend the afternoon with at the Wakefield Estate and learn about planting while helping prepare for one of Milton's biggest celebrations. High school students needing to complete community service hours are especially welcome! For more information or to volunteer, call 617-333-0924.

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Summer Open Hours Sunday, July 9 & 16, 1:00-4:00 pm

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:10

With the success of Dogwood Days, we always receive questions about visitation. While we are open for business Monday through Friday, we are generally open for visits by appointment only, during scheduled open hours, or during our public programs. We request visitors to call to schedule a visit (617) 333-0924 x22

We will have public open hours Sunday, July 9th and 16th from 1:00 - 4:00. Check our calendar for additional hours as they are scheduled or call for more information.

For these open hours, it is not necessary to schedule a visit.

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