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Eric Martin to kick off 2022 Summer Garden Music series Wed, July 20th

Thursday, 23 June 2022 16:09

Eric Martin to kick off Summer Garden Music series Wed, July 20th


Join us for a delightful and relaxing evening in the garden with the kickoff of our 2022 Summer Garden Music series on Wednesday, July 20th from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. This month's evening of garden splendor, music and refreshments will feature one of Milton’s own- guitarist, blues harp wiz and singer/songwriter Eric Martin. He is best known for his enchanting renditions of blues and early rock classics, as well as his catchy originals. The performance will be a casual and low- key amplified acoustic format. The Garden Music series offers visitors an opportunity to stroll the gardens and hear great music at the stunning golden hour as the sun begins to dip towardd sunset. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather. The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is located at 1465 Brush Hill Road. Tickets are $10. All ages are welcome. Please purchase a ticket via this link or call to RSVP: 617-333-0924 x22.



Our Spectacular Silent Auction Is Live ONLINE NOW!

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 11:27

Our Spectacular Silent Auction Is Live ONLINE NOW ending June 19th at 8:00 pm
This year's Dogwood Days would not be complete without our annual silent auction! Our silent auction is again happening ONLINE, and bidding is LIVE. You can bid on some amazing auction items from your home computer or via this link.
There are currently over 45 fantastic items up for bid that appeal to every age, interest, and budget. It's easy to bid — simply click on an item and you can register as a bidder with your email.
Final bids need to be placed by 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 19. Top bidders will be notified and given instructions on how to pick up their items here at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum.
Bid high and bid often if you want to win some of this year's terrific items including:
Fantastic Red Sox box seats for the game Saturday, July 30th vs Milwaukee Brewers
Amazing Club Seat tickets for the match between our New England Revolution and NYC FC (defending champs)!
A Three-hour Boat Ride Rid from Manchester-by-the-Sea for up to 20 on the "Double Eagle"
Private Guided Tour of the Boston Public Garden
Stunning Framed Artwork
$250 Wegman's Gift Card
Live Edge Wood Bench
A Honey Share from the Wakefield Beekeeper
2-week summer session with Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN) session
A Sago Pine bonsai
Lobster Rolls for six on a beautiful Nahant Patio
"Llama beans"
A Pair of Honey Locust Handled Santoku Knives
A Craft Beer Basket from Distraction Brewery
One of Polly's Dogwoods planted by us
2 Dozen of our Hen's Fresh Eggs
A Kid's Party with some of our animals
Garden consults by local experts
American Girl Doll Tenney Grant with extra knit accessories
and much, much more!

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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 13:25

Dogwood Days 2022
Saturday, June 11 - Sunday, June 19
Open Daily, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dogwoods Days at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is the annual celebration of the legacy of Polly Wakefield’s collection of over 300 dogwood trees in full bloom. Dogwood Days 2022 features diverse events designed to showcase the spectacular late-spring blooms and appeal to all ages.
The arboretum is open to visitors every day during Dogwood Days - $5 entrance fee. For special events where tickets and/or membership are required, there is a link for more information and to purchase a ticket or membership.
Below is a daily schedule and brief summary of the events planned during Dogwood Days.
Saturday & Sunday, June 11-12 - Family Weekend
Dogwood Days kicks off with a weekend full of events for kids and families with fun activities for all ages including sunrise birding, our annual sheep shearing, Dogs and Dogwoods Day, family yoga, DIY garden strolls, picnics, scavenger hunts, and more.
Monday-Sunday, June 13-19, Open Hours, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily. The grounds will be open for visitors to stroll and enjoy the splendor of our kousa dogwood collection and its spectacular display! DIY picnics, Plein air art, and photography are strongly encouraged. A guided tour will be given daily at 1:00 pm.
In addition, there are several special events that require pre-registration via the links below:
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 pm:
Thursday, June 16, 6:00 pm:
Special Evening Dogwood Tour
Friday, June 17, 6:00 pm:
Dogwood Days Members’ Soiree (Membership required)
Saturday, June 18, 4:00-6:00 pm:
Stay tuned for further details about all these amazing Dogwood Days programs and our Dogwood Days Online Silent Auction, or visit our website for more information. To arrange a group tour or donate an item to our silent auction, or volunteer during Dogwood Days, please call 617-333-0924 x22.

Wine, Cheese and Dogwood Trees June 15

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 21:22

Join us for a fun evening with wine, cheese and dogwood trees and some great trivia related to all three while touring our amazing dogwood collection in full bloom. Arboretum Director Debbie Merriam will also discuss Polly's work in selecting kousa dogwoods for their many unique features and patenting the most special trees. Cost $15. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, click here.
(Rain date: Thursday, June 16)
Please join us!


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