Recent News

Learn to Create Your Own Orchard! Workshop 3/16

Monday, 25 February 2019 15:11

Become a backyard orchardist and grow your own fruit! Even with a small yard, you can enjoy fruit from your own trees with minimal effort and cost. This step-by-step workshop, to be held March 16 frrom 9:00-11:00 am, will teach you all you need to know to plan and create a compact orchard for years of enjoyment.

Participants will spend part of the workshop outside in the orchard for a pruning demonstration, so dress accordingly. $30; $20 for members of Wakefield Estate or Arnold Arboretum. Space is limited; pre-registration required.

Register through the Arnold Arboretum at or call 617-384-5277. Offered with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

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Feb Stone Soup-a deeper look into topic of Estate's Horticulture

Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:54

Continuing with this year's Stone Soup and Speakers Series, A Look Deeper, and our new quarterly journal's deeper exploration into the different aspects and angles of our work here at the Wakefield Estate, our February talk will feature Deb Merriam on the subject of the ongoing horticultural research. Donations welcome; please rsvp as space is limited. The program starts at 6:00 pm when guests can enjoy a bowl of homemade soup before settling in to enjoy the speaker's remarks. For more information, or to rsvp, call 617-333-0924. To read the latest edition of Dogwood Lane, our quarterly journal, click here.



Meet our new llamas at Blue Hills Winter Soupfest 2/23

Friday, 25 January 2019 09:21

Meet our new llamas at Blue Hills Winter Soupfest - Homemade soups, craft beer, and winter family fun for all - Saturday, February 23, 1:00-4:00 pm

 Come and meet our new llamas, including 3-month old Betty, at the Blue Hills Winter Soupfest - an afternoon of hearty homemade soups, locally crafted beer and winter fun for the whole family. The Winter Soupfest is a fundraiser to support the estate's outdoor education program. Enjoy a winter afternoon at the estate with your friends, roast a marshmallow and make a 'smore, and enjoy soup, hot cider and beer, around the fire pit. Visitors will have a chance to snap a selfie with the llamas and join in a walk with the animals. Tickets are $20 per person; children under 18 free, but all must register. Ticket price includes a take-away Wakefield Estate mug with which you can refill for all-you-can-eat homemade soup, cider and beer. Tickets must be purchased in advance and on-line here. Snow date: Sunday, February 24, 1:00-4:00 pm. For more information, call 617-333-0924 or click here.

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Celebrating Jack the Llama, RIP sweet beast

Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:51

We are heartbroken to share the sad news of the passing of our beloved Jack the llama. He died as he lived his years here at the estate: surrounded by his flock of adoring sheep. He will be missed by many. Hundreds of visiting students were delighted to feed him out of their little hands and often said it was their favorite moment of their day-long field trip. We hope you had a chance to meet him. He'll be in our hearts forever.
Enjoy these, some of our favorite photos of that sweet wonderful beast or check out this slideshow or this recent photo montage on Jack the Llama's facebook page.

If you'd like to contribute to our getting a new llama this year, click here and note "in memory of Jack."

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