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Help out at our 1st Volunteer Day of 2015 on May 9th!

Thursday, 30 April 2015 10:41

Help out at Volunteer Day at the Wakefield Estate May 9th from 9-12 noon

Spring has arrived and the Wakefield Estate is very busy preparing for this year’s Dogwood Days festival June 14-21. There is lot of work to be done and a Volunteer Day is scheduled May 9th, 9:00 am-noon if you want to pitch in and 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.  With your help, it will be the best volunteer day ever! Come spend the morning 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 x22.



Spring Floral Inspiration with Lisa Ahern of Cedar Grove May 13th

Friday, 24 April 2015 13:06

If you've had enough of winter and are impatient for convincing signs that spring is here, join us for our spring floral decoration demonstration. Cedar Grove Gardens' floral designer extraordinaire Lisa Ahern, will show how to create simple but dazzling decorations to brighten up your home using spring flowers, bulbs and kitchen garden plants. Those attending will leave with lots of great ideas and have a chance to win a raffle of some items created during the session. The session will run from 6:30 until 8:30. Light refreshments will be served. Cost for this session is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Space is limited so please pre-register by calling 617-333-0924 x22.

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April Stone Soup Profiles a real treasure: the Dove Tree 4/30

Friday, 24 April 2015 09:38

This month's Stone Soup and Speaker event will offer a portrait of one of the estate's pride and joy: the Dove Tree. Not commonly seen in most gardens, the dove tree or Davidii involucrata, is also known as the handkerchief or ghost tree because of its large white "handkerchief" like flowers and bracts that hang from every branch in May. Jen Kettell will share the intriguing story of this great tree and the plant hunters who first found it in Asia. A former staff horticulturalist at the Arboretum, Kettell now heads of her own horticultural education and consulting business. Stone Soup and Speakers events are held on the final Thursday of each month through May. These warm and casual programs begin at 5:30 pm with a bowl of tasty home-made soup, followed by a short presentation by the featured speaker. Space IS limited. Pre-registration is required. To RSVP or for more information, please call 617-333-0924.

The final session of the 2015 Stone Soup and Speaker Series is May 28 and will focus on our beloved Chinese Dogwood, Cornus kousa, just in time for Dogwood Days!


Seeing a lot of winter damage in your yard? Restorative Pruning 4/11

Friday, 27 March 2015 14:45

Horticultural Triage: Assessing and Repairing Your Winter-damaged Landscape

As this year's record-breaking snow load recedes, it is revealing the extensive damage to our landscapes. We all know that this winter and all that snow has been brutal on plants, trees and shrubs, with many broken branches and limbs. Our Restorative Pruning Workshop, April 11, 9:00-11:30 am, led by the estate’s Landscape Director Debbie Merriam, will cover the basics of good pruning theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on evaluating and restoring plants that have been damaged by weather.  After a brief classroom session, Debbie will demonstrate some rejuvenative pruning methods and participants will practice their skills on plants in the estate’s formal garden. Dress accordingly.  Please bring safety glasses and hand-pruners if you have them; if not, they’ll be provided.  If time allows, Debbie will also cover transplanting and soil health. Cost for this session is $10 for members; $20 for non-members.  Space is limited; pre-registration required. To register, call  617-333-0924.

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