Recent News

The knitters at Fuller Village and Our "Girls" Are Press Sensations!

Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:15

Photo courtesy of David Ryan, Boston Globe
After selling their gorgeous wares at the Holiday Fair, the Fuller Village knitters are always on the look-out for a new project. This year Nancy Kearns suggested knitting "chicken jumpers" (sweaters) for the molting hens and chilly Malaysian rooster Prince Peep at the Wakefield Estate. They made a dozen of different sizes and bright colors. When they scheduled a trip out to see how their sweaters fit on the chickens, the Boston Globe picked up the story. After the Globe printed this article online and in the Globe South Sunday edition on 2/25, suddenly these ladies, the knitters and the hens, are "hot" with a follow-up stories by WGBH "Greater Boston"(if you missed it, you can view it by clicking here), Fox TV and the AP.
We love the fact that this great story about how the estate's programs provide intergenerational community engagement and connections. Keep your eye out for a piece about all these "chicks" in the press in coming days or check "Prince Peep"'s Facebook page to follow the story.

What's blooming?

Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:03

What's blooming?

We've added a new feature to our website! You can check out what's blooming by pointing to the "Visit" tab on our website and clicking on the new "What's blooming?" drop-down tab or by clicking on this link.

What's blooming? 

Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)

We planted these beauties a couple years ago and they are thriving in the garden. 

Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) and Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis).

They are somewhat coarse, loosely-branched, medium to large, deciduous shrubs that typically grow 12-20’ tall. They are particularly noted for their spidery, often fragrant, mid- to late winter flowers which appear before the spring foliage emerges.

The genus name comes from the Greek words hama meaning at same time and melon meaning apple or fruit in reference to the occurrence of both fruit and flowers at the same time on this shrub (particularly in the case of fall flowering members of the genus).



ATTN! DATE CHANGE: Creating a Compact Orchard 3/25

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 13:52

ATTN! DATE CHANGE: Creating a Compact Orchard 3/25!!!
Become a backyard orchardist and grow your own fruit! Even with a small yard, you can enjoy fruit from your own trees with minimal effort and cost. This step-by-step workshop on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 am-11:30 am will teach you all you need to know to plan and create a compact orchard for years of enjoyment. Participants will spend part of the workshop outside in the orchard for a pruning demonstration, so dress accordingly. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Fee  $30/$20 members.  Register through the Arnold Arboretum at or call 617-384-5277.
Offered with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

It's the "Year of the Chicken" - Why Not Raise Your Own? 2/11

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:56

Have you been thinking of raising your own chickens and enjoying your own fresh eggs?

Our annual Backyard Homesteading workshop on raising backyard chickens is a great way to explore the idea. This session, scheduled for February11th from 9:00-11:30 a.m. 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. After the indoor portion of the workshop, there will be a tour of the coops and chicken tractors on site, so dress accordingly.

Suggested donation for the workshop is $20; $15 for members.

Read more...Please pre-register by calling 617-333-0924 x22.


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