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Have You Noticed Our New Historic Site Sign?

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 13:49

The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum has had many visitors stop by after noticing our new sign at our entry, but hopefully, many of you have also noticed the stunning new sign installed by Milton 350th Anniversary Committee, acknowledging the property's historic significance and recent designation as a Historic District on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The National Register nomination form for the district was approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for "its association with the growth and development of the town of Milton and the broader Boston basin, tracking changes in agricultural practice and in settlement form as the region’s density and character changed over three centuries." The NR nomination acknowledged that the "landscape includes buildings, structures, fields, and gardens that are well-preserved examples of key types that have been identified as emblematic of the periods of their construction and use," adding that "these resources reflect the unfolding of the family’s relationship with the land and the community, as the site shifted from farm to country place to suburb, supporting its historic significance.".

Equinox Garden Tour - September 22nd at 6 pm

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 11:46

How quickly the summer has passed! The fall equinox, the day when autumn begins, is quickly approaching. 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. Join us to observe and celebrate this astronomical event with an evening tour of the garden and a visit to our beautiful labyrinth.
Register here, or by calling 617-333-0924 x22. This event is weather-dependent; the rain date is September 23rd at 6:00 pm.


If you missed #DogwoodDays2021 you can enjoy it here!

Thursday, 01 July 2021 07:44

If you missed coming out to Dogwood Days 2021 - or if just want to relive the memorable times - we have put together a slide show of its highlights for your enjoyment. To view it, click here.
We hope you will come visit soon. The dogwoods are past but we have spectacular blooms you will enjoy! The Arboretum is open regular business days 9 am-3 pm, by appointment (call us at 617-333-0924 x24), or during special programs like our Second Saturday and Sunday Open Hours on July 10th and 11th and Garden Music on July 21st. Hope to see you soon!

Dogwood Days 2021 Online Auction is now on!

Monday, 14 June 2021 12:24


Dogwood Days 2021 Online Auction is now on!
Final winning bids due by 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 20
Register via this link.



This year's Dogwood Days would not be complete without our annual silent auction! While there is no garden party this year, our silent auction is happening ONLINE, and bidding is now live. Right now, you can bid on some amazing auction items from your home computer or via an auctria app on your phone at this link.
There are currently over 35 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 20. Top bidders will be notified and given instructions 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
  • Stunning Framed Artwork
  • $200 Wegman's Gift Card
  • A Honey Share from our Beekeeper
  • A Lovely Waterford Frame
  • Honey Locust Handled Santoku Knife
  • A Craft Beer Basket
  • One of Polly's Dogwoods planted by us
  • A handmade Hungry Caterpillar crib quilt
  • Lobster Rolls for 6 on a Nahant Terrace
  • 2 Dozen of our Hen's Fresh Eggs
  • Italian Liqueur Sampler
  • A Kid's Party with our Animals
  • Themed Baskets including:
.........."All Things Llama"
.........."Who Let The Dogs Out?!"
.........."Pamper Yourself"
.........."Movie Night"


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