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Conifer Day Celebration and Open Garden with Experts 10/5

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:47

A day of conifer focused programs to celebrate the Wakefield Estate and Arboretum's dwarf conifer garden and our designation as a Reference Garden for the American Conifer Society
Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am (raindate: Sunday, October 6)
On Saturday, October 5 the Wakefield Estate will hold an Open Garden Day enabling visitors to enjoy the estate in its autumn glory with a special emphasis on our conifer collection. Celebrating the Arboretum's new dwarf conifer garden and designation as a Reference Garden for the American Conifer Society (ACS), this special day will include a morning of conifer-focused workshops by renowned experts from 9:00-12:00pm. Each class will run around 45 minutes. Master Gardeners can receive CEUs for attending.
The day begins at 9:00am with coffee/tea in the garden. At 9:15, the first workshop will be led by Debbie Merriam, the estate's Arboretum director, on starting and caring for a home collection of dwarf conifers. At 10:00am, esteemed landscape designer Christie Dustman and ACS lifelong member and self-described "Conehead" Elmer Dustman will lead sessions on pruning deciduous plants and conifers, demonstrating on the estate's conifer and maple collections. Finally, there will also be a hands-on session on creating a labyrinth and topiaries with 200 donated baby spruce trees. Admission for individual sessions is $10; $20 for all and includes garden admission.

Visitors who choose not to attend the educational sessions are welcome to enjoy self-guided tours of the estate and dwarf conifer garden. Admission to the garden is $5.
For more information, call 617-333-0924 x22 or visit our website at

2nd annual Blue Hills Octoberfest at the Wakefield Estate 10/5

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:28

Join your neighbors and friends at the 2nd annual Blue Hills Octoberfest on Saturday, October 5 from 2:00-5:00 pm. Rain date: Sunday, October 6, 2:00-5:00pm.
Enjoy live music, authentic Octoberfest fare, kids activities, farm animals, garden games and locally crafted draft beer from Turtle Swamp Brewing of Jamaica Plain. The Blue Hills Octoberfest is a benefit to raise funds for the estate's environmental and outdoor education programs which serve over 2000 Boston school students each school year.
Special Octoberfest fare will feature smoked bratwurst and sauerkraut along with pulled pork and vegetarian options prepared by Keanes Wood Fired CATERING, which specializes in wood-fired catering slow cooked in their red-oak fired smokers.
Along with the festive food and craft beer, enjoy the sounds of Creek River 3 - a lively acoustic trio that plays a diverse mix of roots, country, folk and pop songs.
Tickets are $20; kids free. Tickets must be purchased in advance on-line. Ticket price includes garden entrance, one free pour of Turtle Swamp Brewing draft beer, and a raffle ticket for a special Octoberfest prize.
To purchase tickets click here.
Rain date: Sunday, October 6, 2:00-5:00pm.
The Wakefield Estate Arboretum is located at 1465 Brush Hill Rd. in Milton. For more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.

Summer Garden Music for families featuring Abby Vail 9/22

Friday, 21 June 2019 19:16

Rain put a damper our Summer Garden Music series so we are determined to celebrate the last day of summer with a special afternoon concert on Sunday, September 22nd, featuring local singer/songwriter Abby Vail. Scheduled from 4:00-6:30 pm, it's a perfect opportunity for a family visit to the estate's gardens, play games, and visit the animals before settling down to enjoy the late afternoon music starting at 5:00 pm. Enjoy light refreshments and wonderful music as we say goodbye to summer. Admission $10; please RSVP by calling 617-333-0924. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather - check our website or facebook page for updates.


The Sun Has Set on Dogwood Days 2019! It was one of the best!

Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:38

Well, the sun has set on Dogwood Days 2019 and it was extraordinary, with a smorgasbord of activities ranging from fun to awe inspiring to enlighting and informative.

The Garden Party kicked things off in spectacular style. It was a wonderful gathering full of good company, delicious food, lively jazz, and all surrounded by hundreds of flowering dogwood trees.  It could not have been a more beautiful evening.
Guests heard from a variety of speakers that evening about how this annual fundraiser to celebrates the amazing legacy of Polly Wakefield left. They heard the excitement of young Sergenio, a second-grader who read to us of his experience walking in the woods for the very first time and learned how members of the Massachusetts Master Gardeners use Polly’s landscape as a outdoor classroom and chance to share their knowledge.  
One highlight of this year's Dogwood Days was the "unveiling" of our new dwarf conifer garden and on opening day, a trio of experts shared their talents with visitors at "pop-up" sessions relating to dwarf and standard conifers. Thanks to Christie Dustman of Christie Dustman & Company and Jeff Thompson, faculty member at Norfolk Agrigulture High School for their outstanding session and donating their time. Once again, our Wine, Cheese, and Trees Trivia event was a big hit with participants on Wednesday. On closing day, we reved up our "Dogs and Dogwoods Day," pairing it with our Dogwood Beer Garden which featured craft beer, live music by Electric Standard and a wood-turning demo by Central New England Woodturners.
Thanks to all our generous patrons, donors, volunteers, garden clubs, and visitors for making this year's Dogwood Days one for the record books! Enjoy these photos capturing the spectacular beauty of this year's Dogwood Days. If you missed it, come visit soon!
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