Recent News

Time to take on the Gypsy Moths! 2/17

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 13:36

The Gypsy Moths are Coming! Learn how to identify and destroy this invasive pest before it does serious damage to your backyard and neighborhood! 

The Gypsy moth, an invasive pest, is making a comeback in New England. Introduced to the United States in 1869, the gypsy moth population explodes to very high numbers approximately every 10 years. During these outbreaks, the caterpillars strip trees of their leaves, defoliating neighborhoods or even entire forests in late June. While most healthy trees can survive a single defoliation, successive infestations can kill trees, especially those already stressed or which suffer drought or other damage. This is the second year of Gypsy moth infestation in the Blue Hills. It’s time to defend our trees! 

Come and learn many interesting facts about this pest including its connection to the spread of Lyme disease, reasons for its importation into the U.S. and how you can help manage the outbreak. This workshop will be held Saturday, February 17, 10 am-1 pm and be led by the Wakefield Estate’s Landscape Director Debbie Merriam. A brief presentation indoors will be followed by outdoor identification and removal of egg sacks from trees. Rain or shine; and dress accordingly. Space is limited, call 617-333-0924 to rsvp. $5-10 donation. Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Blue Hills.


Raising Your Own Backyard Chickens Workshop 2/10

Monday, 15 January 2018 13:55

Have you been thinking of raising your own chickens and enjoying your own fresh eggs?

Our annual Backyard Homesteading workshop on raising backyard chickens is a great way to explore the idea. This session, scheduled for February 10th from 9:00-11:30 a.m. 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. After the indoor portion of the workshop, there will be a tour of the coops and chicken tractors on site, so dress accordingly.

Suggested donation for the workshop is $20; $15 for members. Please pre-register by calling 617-333-0924 x22.

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1st Stone Soup & Speaker event of 2018 Wed. Jan. 31st

Friday, 05 January 2018 10:28

Join us for our 6th annual winter Stone Soup and Speaker series of engaging talks and delicious homemade soups. This year's theme -
"Digging Deeper: 
Exploring The Wakefield Estate's Collections"
- allows for a deeper look at four different aspects of the estate's collections. To kick off the series, Executive Director Mark Smith will give an overview of the estate's collections, which include rare books, art, furniture, jewelry, archives, archaeological artifacts, and our world-class arboretum plant collection.
Save the dates - the Stone Soup and Speaker series will be held the final Wednesday of each month, January - April.
January's Stone Soup will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31st starting at 6:00 pm when guests can enjoy a bowl of homemade soup before settling in to enjoy the speaker's remarks.
This program is held in the Isaac Davenport mansion located at 1465 Brush Hill Road.


Join us at Winterfire 2018 Sat. Jan 20th from 5-7 pm

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 14:09

Once again, it's time for one of our most popular family events: the Wakefield Estate's annual Winterfire! This annual event will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 5:00-7:00 pm. It combines lightscape with landscape to highlight many of the estate's signature trees and garden features against a deep mid-winter sky. Enjoy some hot chocolate and roast a hot dog or sausage on an open fire. This is a fun, family-friendly event. Subject to cancellation due to weather; see or our Facebook page for any last minute changes. Dress warmly and bring a friend! While this event is free, donations are appreciated.

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