Recent News

Plant & Pathogen Update for Gardeners by Zoom 3/3

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 15:33

Join us Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30 via zoom for an informative session about new plant pests and pathogens impacting New England gardeners and nature enthusiasts.Arboretum director Deb Merriam will do a brief presentation and discussion of several new invasive species that are beginning to show up in New England. This talk will help participants identify these problematic species, contact the proper government agencies that are tracking these species and learn what can be done to limit their impact on our native plants.

Registration is required via this link to receive the zoom link for this session. For more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.

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Raise Your Own Backyard Chickens - Workshop 2/26 IN-PERSON

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 13:40

Raise Your Own Backyard Chickens - Workshop 2/26 9:00 -11:00 am IN-PERSON
The COVID pandemic has led many to begin gardening and raising their food. Our annual Backyard Homesteading workshops offer a chance to find out how. Our Raising Backyard Chickens session is designed for people interested in learning how to start a backyard chicken coop and grow healthy, productive chickens for years of enjoyment and fresh food. This year's session will be in-person, but we recommend masks and full vaccination status. After a slide show covering the basics in the Carriage Barn, we'll take a tour of the coops on-site so dress accordingly. Please note: this session may be switched to online due to weather or COVID considerations. Suggested donation for this session - $20; $12 for members. Register via this link, by calling 617-333-0924 x22; or email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Winter Tree ID session/walk Saturday, 2/26 at 11 am

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 13:38

Many of us can identity a few tree species, like maples and oaks, based on their leaf shapes. Once they shed their leaves in fall, recognizing various tree species can be more difficult but not impossible. A tree's bark, twigs or buds, leftover fruit or seed pods, overall shape, and other features all provide valuable clues.
Join us for a special workshop and arboretum tour that will focus on the special skill of identifying trees in the winter. Learn how to put your observational skills to work along with some of the tricks that make it possible to recognize various tree species even when they are dormant.
There is no fee for this session but registration is required via this link. This will be an in-person all outdoor session so dress accordingly. For more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.

2022 January Stone Soup Looks Closer at the Mansion Renovation 1/26

Friday, 14 January 2022 12:06

For us, a highlight of 2021 was the extremely favorable response and interest in recent issues of our quarterly, Dogwood Lane. For this winter's Stone Soup Speakers Series, we will build on some of the highlights of recent issues, and share a "live" and more in-depth telling of the back story of some of the more intriguing features. The 2022 Stone Soup and Speaker series will begin a fascinating closer look at the 2021 historical restoration of aspects of the Isaac Davenport Mansion and what was revealed during the process. The Stone Soup speakers series is normally a convivial gathering around homemade soup, but some of this year's sessions will again be conducted virtually via Zoom. We will miss the actual sharing of soup and breaking of bread due to the pandemic, but we hope to share a recipe or two of our favorite winter soups.

The January Stone Soup session will be held on Jan. 26th at 6:30 pm via Zoom and be broadcast later on Milton Public Access Television. To receive the zoom link for the Jan. 26th session, please register here or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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