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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.

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.


Can You Capture Nature's Beauty? Autumn Photography Contest 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 15:28

Autumn is one of the prettiest times of the year here, and to celebrate its beauty we are hosting our first photography contest. On the last three Wednesdays of October, we welcome photographers of all levels and ages to stroll the gardens and capture the remarkable autumn landscape in pictures. On those days, the grounds will be open from 2:00-5:00 pm to photograph autumn scenes. Each photographer may submit up to 5 photos. The prize categories are: Best Autumn Color, Best Close-up, Best Panorama. The winning "Best Autumn Color" photo will be showcased as our banner photo in November's e-newsletter, and we will post all entries on our facebook page. Masks and social distancing required. $10 individuals; $15 families.
For more information call 617-333-0924.
Pre-registration required via these links: October 14October 21October 28.
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