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Mother's Day Tea with a Twist (of lemon perhaps!)

Friday, 30 April 2021 08:51

After canceling Mother's Day Tea last year in the early days of the pandemic, we are determined to welcome families for a celebration of Mother's Day, with some modifications to ensure everyone's enjoyment and safety.
As part of the Mother's Day celebration, visitors are invited to stroll the arboretum's beautiful formal garden during open hours 1:00-4:00 pm. This year, the tea will be self-serve and families can enjoy their tea in some of the prettiest areas of our arboretum. Guests will receive a bag of tasty treats to enjoy and will be sent home with their own small bouquet.
Visitors are required to register in advance via this link. $10 per person. (Kids are free but will not receive separate treat bags or bouquets.) Space is limited.
For more information or questions, call 617-333-0924 x22.
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Celebrate Arbor Day at our Arboretum!

Friday, 16 April 2021 12:48

Celebrate Arbor Day at our Arboretum
Friday, April 30th, Saturday, May 1st, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Celebrate Arbor Day strolling at our Arboretum and in our woods. During these past months, we've seen how valuable it is for individuals and families to have opportunities to get outdoors in nature. While we still have to require masks and social distancing and limit attendance, we invite you to celebrate with a scheduled visit to the arboretum on April 30th or May 1st, 10 am-3:00 pm (rain date - May 2nd). Visitors will have the opportunity to take self-guided walks and visit with some of the animals. Activities will be outdoors; dress appropriately. Registration is required via this link; space is limited. For more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.




Dogwood Days 2021: It’s Happening! Save the dates June 5-20!

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:42

Dogwood Days 2021: It’s Happening!
Our annual celebration of Polly Wakefield’s legacy and her kousa dogwood collection will take place over two weeks this year,  June 5 - 20.
We will be updating the Dogwood Days calendar of events with information and details on this page - so please visit here often for the latest updates.
This year’s Dogwood Days will feature smaller, more intimate events in line with the latest COVID protocols.  
Activities will include:
Themed Garden Tours
Garden Music
Horticultural Activities
Dogwood Yoga and Wellness Day
Families and Kids’ Day
Members' Beer Garden
(Due to the nature of the pandemic, all events and activities are subject to change or cancellation)
This year, Dogwood Days will also launch our new membership program.
We encourage all to to support the work of the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum by purchasing or renewing your membership.
You can become a member today HERE.
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"New" discovery about "The Lady of the Lake" Mural

Friday, 02 April 2021 10:28

"New" discovery about The Lady of the Lake Mural

Another important discovery! If you have visited the Isaac Davenport Mansion, you will certainly remember the monochrome mural that graces the walls of the dining room. In March, we learned from Lorraine Bigrigg, Partner and Senior Conservator at Studio TKM Associates that the mural was produced in the 19th century by the Zuber paper company in Paris ( based on the painting by J. Michel Gue "Les Vues d'Ecosse" (views of Scotland). The mural depicts the medieval tale set in Scotland of The Lady of the Lake, the narrative poem written by Sir Walter Scott. A close-up assessment and documentation of this rare mural is the first step toward its conservation.

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