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Bonsai Workshop, Saturday, June 20th at 11:00

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:29

Learn how to create your own bonsai during this one-hour session. Self-taught veteran bonsai maker Fred Trusten will guide participants in creating their own bonsai. All materials will be provided. $25/members; $35/non-members.

Registration required; call 617-333-0924 x22.

Dads, Dogs, and Dogwoods- a family fun event!

Monday, 01 June 2015 14:08

It’s that time of year again – time for our Dogs and Dogwoods event. Each June, the Wakefield Estate welcomes visitors to celebrate Dogwood Days, the annual blooming of hundreds of Polly Wakefield's kousa dogwood trees and this year's dogwood bloom display is shaping up to be spectacular -- and not to be missed!. The week-long celebration winds up with our Dogs and Dogwoods Day, and this year it falls on Father’s day, Sunday, June 21st, so it will be DADS, Dogs, and Dogwoods! Families are invited to visit with their four-legged family members in tow.


A day of fun for families and four-legged friends

Activities include:

Beautiful kousa dogwoods on display

Hot Dog stand and other refreshments available

Face painting

Self-guided garden tours

Friendly Dog Show for kids and adults at 1:00 pm

Blue Hill Brewery Tasting for Dads (and Moms) at 2:00!

$5 per person or $10 per family – no dog required!

Sponsored in part by: Woof Pet Resort & Urbanhounds




Week-long celebration of estate’s iconic dogwoods kicks off June 5th

Friday, 29 May 2015 15:39

The Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust will host its 6th annual Dogwood Days open garden celebration at the historic Wakefield Estate in Milton MA from Sunday, June 5 through Sunday, June 12, 10:00am – 4:00pm daily. 

The opening day of the week-long celebration, Sunday, June 5, will feature a number of gardens in addition to the Wakefield Estate that will be open to the public as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

The 22-acre Wakefield Estate is home to some 300 kousa dogwood trees, propagated and planted by the late Mary “Polly” Wakefield, who developed a number of kousa cultivars during her lifetime.  Mary Wakefield designed the garden rooms and allees of her estate using hundreds of dogwood trees to provide it form and structure.

The Wakefield Estate and The Garden Conservancy Open Days partnership aims to preserve America's exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public.  In the effort to increase public knowledge about the importance of these historic landscapes, hundreds of exceptional gardens nationwide are selected to participate in The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

Reservations are not required and the Open Days program is rain or shine. Admission is $5 per garden; proceeds will benefit The Garden Conservancy and the educational programs of the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust.  Visitors can buy a book of tickets to all gardens by starting their tour at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Rd in Milton, or pay $5 at each site.  To see a list of the selected gardens and directions, see The Garden Conservancy’s website:, or call the Wakefield Estate at 617-333-0924.

Dogwood Days at the Wakefield Estate features guided tours, open gardens, and a tree and plant sale, and several special events throughout the week that include:

Thursday, June 18

6:00-7:30pm:  Wine, Cheese and Trees Tour --Enjoy light refreshments while strolling the formal gardens and learn about the history of the estate’s signature trees.  Donation suggested; RSVP at 617-333-0924.

Saturday, June 20

11:00am: Bonsai Workshop

Learn how to create your own bonsai using local trees.  All materials provided; participants will create the own bonsai.  $25/members; $35/non-members.  Registration required; call 617-333-0924 x22.

Sunday, June 21

 1:00pm: 5th Annual Dogs and Dogwood Days– Bring your dog for a stroll among the dogwoods, enjoy a hotdog off the grill, and join the informal dog show -- entries receive a ribbon! 

2:00: Local Craft Beer Sampling – Bring Dad out on Father’s Days to sample some great locally brewed craft beers.

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For more information and a schedule of events visit or call 617-333-0924.

Oh Boy! A Family Fairy Festival May 16th

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:55

The woods are full of fairies! Come join Artspace Milton and the Mary M.B. Wakefield Trust to build a home for a fairy or elf on the grounds of our beautiful estate. Participate in Nature Art activities. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so RSVP Early! Suggested donation of $10 per family. rsvp  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
*subject to weather, no rain date

Artspace Milton and the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust will be hosting the Festival on May 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road.

Article written by Frank Schroth,


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