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Winterfire 2022 Jan 8 and 2nd Sat/Sun Open Hours 1/8&1/9

Monday, 03 January 2022 10:43

Celebrate the newness of 2022 with a visit to the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum. To kick off the New Year, the arboretum welcomes visitors to tour the grounds over this weekend. The arboretum will be open Saturday and Sunday, January 8 & 9, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for self-guided strolls. In addition, on Saturday eve, January 8th, the arboretum will host its annual “Winterfire” event from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Winterfire combines lightscape with landscape to highlight several of the estate's signature trees and garden features against a deep mid-winter sky, and features a warm fire in the Front Garden to warm yourself with some hot chocolate. So bundle up and come out to enjoy a refreshing visit to the arboretum and a visit with some of the animals. Events are subject to cancellation due to weather and/or COVID complications; see or the Facebook page for any last-minute changes.
For more information, call 617-333-0924.  Dress warmly and bring a friend! While this event is free, donations are appreciated.

Year-end Message from Mark Smith, our Executive Director

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 13:13

Dear Friends of the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum,

As I look back on this year - and what a year it was! - I am grateful for thecommunity we have created and engaged here at the Mary May BinneyWakefield Arboretum. Despite a global pandemic, shutdowns, quarantines, and social distancing, I was constantly reminded of the importance and role an outdoor place like our arboretum can play at times such as these. Having access to beauty, nature and serenity proved to be an important lifeline for those needing some distance from the varied impacts of Covid-19.

Like everyone else, we started the year with high hopes that life would get back to normal in 2021, which here at the arboretum means dozens of school field trips, in-person lecture series, our annual Dogwood Days Garden Party, and so much more. But schools remained closed, indoor group activities were forbidden, and large outdoor gatherings posed risks many did not want to take.

So, we adapted and pivoted:

  • Rather than welcoming hundreds of school-age students here for a full day of nature-based science education, we went to them - virtually. We got up to speed on how to effectively use Zoom as a platform for education, and we learned new ways to present science education to kids that were fun and informative.

  • Over the winter months, we hosted our annual Stone Soup Lecture Series online, engaging members and visitors alike in the history and collections of the arboretum.

  • When vaccines came online and the weather warmed, we held our annual Dogwood Days celebration, adapting it to meet the concerns and needs of our members by creating a varied menu of activities - workshops, tours, even a beer garden - drawing hundreds of enthusiastic and socially-distanced garden lovers.

And to top it all off, we kicked off our new membership program and gained the support of nearly one hundred new members - people who place value in the work we do here at the arboretum to preserve a rare and unique cultural landscape and use it for the benefit of the community.

Your support is a vital source of revenue - but even more: it gives us and those we serve encouragement in knowing that what we do here matters. To make a secure online donation, please visit our website at or donate using Paypal or credit card via our link.

Warm regards,

Mark Smith, Executive Director


Join us for our Holiday Open House Dec 10 and 12-14

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:08

We hope you will join us at our annual holiday open house Dec 12th through 14th. It's a chance to get into the holiday spirit and see the historic Davenport Mansion decked out in beautiful greens and holiday decorations.
Following our participation in the Merry Historic Milton Familyfest, The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum's Holiday Open House will be held daily Sunday, December 12 - Tuesday Dec 14, 11:00 am-3:00 pm.
Admission to the open house is a suggested donation of $5, members are free. Group rates are available. For more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.

Merry Historic Milton FamilyFest at Three Historic Estates

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 14:18

Merry Historic Milton FamilyFest
at three historic estates:
The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum,
The Eustis Estate, & The Forbes House Museum
Saturday, December 11, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Enjoy a day of festive family fun at three historic estates in Milton. Tickets provide admission to the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum, the Forbes House Museum, and the Eustis Estate. Each location will have a unique experience with holiday-themed activities and seasonal refreshments.
  • The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum will have botanical ornament-making, gingerbread cookie decorating, animal visits, a photo booth, garden strolls and tours of the holiday-bedecked mansion.
  • The Eustis Estate will have storytime with Santa from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., holiday crafts, and the decorated mansion open to explore.
  • The Forbes House Museum will have holiday crafts, stories at the Lincoln Cabin, a hot chocolate bar in the historic barn, and the house open for tours.
Most activities will be outdoors. Masks are required for any indoor visits.
For tickets, use this link.
Members $20
Nonmembers $25Children under 18 $10
Ticket includes admission to the festivities at all three historic estates.
For more information call 617-333-0924 x22.



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