Recent News

Historical Restoration in Progress at the Isaac Davenport Mansion

Monday, 04 January 2021 11:33

The original plaster on the ceilings and walls of the Isaac Davenport mansion date back to when the house was completed in 1794. As one can imagine, being over 200 years old, the plaster in many spots has pulled away from the lathe behind, sagging from the ceilings in some rooms and about to crumble from the walls in others. Rather than remove and replace with blue board and new plaster, the Trustees decided to carefully restore the original plaster using a technique that injects an adhesive through the plaster in order to re-adhere it to the lathe - it is a slow and painstaking process. First, workers drill hundreds of holes in the ceiling - the holes allow them to pump the adhesive material through the plaster using a compressor. Once the adhesive is injected, large washer-like disks are screwed up into the lathe through the plaster to snug it up tight. A day later, with the adhesive dry and the plaster tight against the lathe again, the disks are removed and the holes and cracks filled before applying a final skim coat of new plaster, primer and a top coat of finish paint.
Working on historic structures as old as the Davenport mansion often reveals some historic features long since buried or forgotten; restoration projects often take on the feeling of an archaeological excavation. When the custom-built mirrors were removed in the main parlor in order to restore the walls, the workers discovered what is believed to be the original wall paper - a beautiful block-printed design that was common for that period.
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Wakefield Arboretum Offers Wreath Making Kits for DIY Holiday Wreaths

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 12:47

Don't let the pandemic keep you from enjoying your favorite holiday traditions!  
Due to ongoing public health concerns, people wishing to participate in the popular wreath-making workshop held each year at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretums will pick up all the supplies they need to make their holiday wreaths at home. A zoom session will be held Saturday, December 5 at 5:00 pm providing a short demonstration on how to make a wreath base, followed by a segment by floral designer extraordinaire Lisa Ahern on how to embellish the base and turn it into a custom-made show stopper! Attendance at the zoom session is optional. The DIY wreath kit will contain all you need to make a custom-made show stopper for your holiday decor, including a metal wreath frame, fresh, locally-sourced evergreens and natural botanical flourishes and ribbons.  Wreath kits will be available for pick-up Wednesday, December 2 through Friday, December 4 between 9am and 3pm daily, or call to make special arrangements.  Supplies are limited; pre-registration is required via this link or by calling 617-333-0924 x22. The wreath kits are $40; $35 for members.  The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is located at 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton.
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Expand Your Knowledge of Conifers at our Zoom Session 12/3

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 12:16

Join us for the final session in our fall zoom horticulture series and expand your knowledge of conifers. Arboretum Director Debbie Merriam will present this session Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 pm. Please register here to receive the zoom link or call 617-333-0924.
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.

Halloween Weekend Open Hours 10/31 and 11/1

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 08:21

Enjoy nature's autumn display while enjoying a leisurely socially distanced visit and/or DIYpicnic. We'll have fun fall-focused activities for all ages including phenology walks, halloween candy hunts, self-guided scavenger hunts and leaf-rubbing. Visitors are welcome to come in their halloween costumes.

To register, use these links: October 31 and November 1.



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