Recent News

New online series continues 3/10: Our Arboretum Through a Magnifying Glass: "Winter Wildlife"

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 15:16

This online series shines a spotlight on important elements in our garden that are often overlooked but are instrumental in the ecological cycles happening all year long. This month's talk on March 10 will focus on Winter Wildlife and highlight species adaptations that allow mammals, reptiles and insects to survive winters in New England. The February snow cover reveals clues to these adaptations.To register for this session and receive the zoom link, click here.
Save the date for the final session in this series:
April 7: The movement of water in the landscape will look at hydrology, a key factor in the life and health of the arboretum. Natural and manmade systems have altered the flow of water over hundreds of years. This presentation will take a closer look on how water moves from Great Blue Hill through the arboretum's landscape and into the Neponset River watershed. To register for this session, click here.
The first session, "The Wonderful World of Bark," was held Wednesday, February 10th, and focused on the fantastic variety of barks in our collection and the role that bark plays in protecting the tree, photosynthesis and habitat for other species. Upon request, you can view the recorded session via a link.

VIRTUAL Backyard Homesteading Series: Raise Your Own Chickens 2/4

Thursday, 28 January 2021 21:49

The COVID pandemic has led many to begin gardening and raising their own food. Our annual Backyard Homesteading workshops offer a chance to find out how. Our first session on raising backyard chickens 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, we'll be offering this session virtually by Zoom on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 pm. After a slide show covering the basics, we'll take a virtual tour of the coops and chicken tractors on site. Suggested donation for the workshop is $10/$5 for members. Register via this link or calling 617-333-0924 x22.

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January Stone Soup and Speaker zoom rescheduled to 2/3

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 10:04

Our January Stone Soup was rescheduled! Hope you will join us Wed. Feb. 3rd for the rescheduled Stone Soup and Speaker event, our first in the 2021 series Meet the "Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum."

There is still time to register by calling 617-333-0924 or emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Once you've registered, we'll send you the zoom link to join us. Please register before 6:00 pm.
If you have any questions, please call 617-333-0924 x22.
And if you want to whip up a quick yummy soup for a cold winter day, this recipe might do the trick:
or this one:


Arboretum collection is now catalogued & viewable via Plantsmap

Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:38

The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum woody plant collection has been catalogued and can be viewed at:

The plantsmap can also be accessed from the "Visit" menu tab on the home page of this website.

We are excited to have over 672 plants in our arboretum mapped and navigatable for visitors using plantsmap. Plantsmap is a website community that hosts botanical collections with customized tools that aids sites in documenting, organizing, mapping, tagging and sharing information about plants. Our plantsmap also highlights our dwarf conifer and ground cover collections which were the topic of recent zoom virtual garden tours led by Deb Merriam, our Arboretum Director. is a mobile-friendly website so there is not a need to download an app. Visitors to have free and open access to explore and discover plants, collections, resources, and events.


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