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Fall Family Fun Days Columbus Day Weekend 10/10-12

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 13:49

Fall Family Fun Days for Columbus Day Weekend at the Wakefield Estate

Enjoy the autumn colors over Columbus Day weekend! Families and individuals are invited to find a nice spot to take in nature in all its autumn splendor while enjoying a leisurely and socially distanced visit and/or BYO picnic. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the labyrinths, self-guided scavenger hunts, walks on the new QR trail, or take a self-guided garden tour. Open hours are noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11.
On Monday, Oct 12, families will have another chance for a special "Visit with the Animals" from 3:00-5:00 pm. Betty and Navajo, the lovely and engaging female guard llamas will be greeting guests along with their charges - Dart, Bug, and Ashe - three Shetland sheep that they "protect."  Families will also have the opportunity to enjoy a visit with Flora and Marty, the giant angora rabbits, and visit the chickens in their chicken coop. Visitors will especially enjoy meeting Pumpkin, the adorable and friendly miniature rooster.
Admission limited to 25 per day. Reservations and masks required. $10 individuals; $15 families. Please RSVP by calling 617-333-0924 x22 or reserve your spot through the links below. These events are weather dependent and will be postponed in the event of rain. The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is located at 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton.

Fall Family Fun Day Oct. 10 

Fall Family Fun Day Oct. 11

Family Visit with Animals Oct. 12

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Expand your Gardening Knowledge at our 3-pt Series starting 10/1

Monday, 21 September 2020 14:40

2021 Can Be A Great Year in Your Garden! 3 Session Series to Expand your Gardening Knowledge Begins October 1st.
Had enough of this year and ready for 2021? Spending time on your garden this fall is a great way to plan for, anticipate, and most importantly, look forward to next year. On October 1st, the Wakefield Estate will launch a terrific 3-session zoom series that will help you build your gardening and expand your knowledge of horticulture. Prepare you to make changes and enhance your garden in ways that you can enjoy in 2021. These sessions will be presented by Arboretum Director Debbie Merriam at 5 pm on the first Thursday of the next three months and will be offered entirely online.
October 1, 5:00 via zoom: Common ground covers and beyond
This slide presentation explores the wonderful world of ground covers and highlights the some interesting varieties that are available in the trade. Many ground covers are drought tolerant, colorful, important for wildlife and make great substitutes for turf. Planting, spacing and general maintenance will also be discussed.
November 5, 5:00 via zoom: Plant combinations in the garden
The Wakefield has an interesting collection of woody plants. Many of them have been arranged in the landscape to highlight their unique features and show off combinations of fruit, bark, leaf shape and colors. This presentation will highlight some of these combinations and the decision making process that led to those combinations.
December 3, 5:00 via zoom: Conifers for the New England Landscape
Conifers come in all sizes, shapes and colors. The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is a certified Reference Garden for the American Conifer Society. This session will discuss the evolution of the the development of the conifer collection and how these incredible plants can add color and texture to the garden year round.
To register for any of these session, call 617-333-0924. The Wakefield Estate is located at 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton.
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Bring the Family Out for a Visit with the Wakefield Animals

Saturday, 19 September 2020 03:51

Bring the family out for to the Wakefield Estate for a "Visit with the Animals" Friday, Sept. 25 starting at 4:00. Visitors will have a chance to meet Betty and Navajo, the lovely and engaging female guard llamas, and the three sheep they "protect," Dart, Bug, and Ashe. Families will also have the opportunity to enjoy a visit with the Flora and Marty, the giant angora rabbits, and visit the chickens in their chicken coop and meet Pumpkin, the adorable and friendly miniature rooster. Admission is limited and reservations are required through this link. $10 individuals, $15 for families. This event is weather dependent and will be postponed in the event of rain. Masks and social distancing required. For more information or to register, visit www.wakefieldtrust.org or call 617-333-0924 x22.  The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is located at 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton.
Attention: The Sept. 25 event is fully subscribed. We have added another session on Monday, October 12 - Columbus Day - starting at 3:00 pm. To register as an individual or family, click here.
Please include all names of all who will be attending under the "Guest Information" section.

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with Garden Haiku 9/22

Friday, 11 September 2020 12:42

This year's autumnal equinox, the day when autumn begins, falls on September 22. The word "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequinoctium, from aequus (equal) and nox (noctis) (night). Twice each year, on the first day of spring and first day of autumn,  the sun passes directly above the equator as the earth makes its yearly trek around the sun, making the daylight and nighttime hours approximately equal; it is the moment of celestial balance between light and dark. This year we will mark this natural occurrence by practicing our literary impulses and writing garden-based Haikus. Haiku is short form poetry, originating in Japan, often three lines in length with alternating syllable counts of 5, 7 and 5. They are fun and easy to write, and often powerful. We will use the gardens in the early evening equinox light for our inspiration. Masks and social distancing required. $10; space is limited and pre-registration is required via this link. This event is weather dependent and will be postponed in the event of rain. For more information call 617-333-0924.

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