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ATTN! DATE CHANGE: Creating a Compact Orchard 3/25

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 13:52

ATTN! DATE CHANGE: Creating a Compact Orchard 3/25!!!
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 on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 am-11:30 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. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Fee  $30/$20 members.  Register through the Arnold Arboretum at or call 617-384-5277.
Offered with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

It's the "Year of the Chicken" - Why Not Raise Your Own? 2/11

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:56

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 February11th 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.

Read more...Please pre-register by calling 617-333-0924 x22.


Join us for Winterfire 2017: A Light Shines in the Darkness 1/21

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 11:52

Once again, it's time for one of our favorite events: the Wakefield Estate's annual Winterfire! Our 7th annual Winterfire will be held Saturday, January 21st from 5:00-7:00pm. This event 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.


2017 Backyard Homesteading Series Kicks Off with Propagation 1/28

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 11:47

We are kicking-off the 2017 Backyard Homesteading Workshop Series with our first-ever winter propagation class! This class will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10:00 am-12:30 pm. Winter in New England is a time when our deciduous trees and shrubs are dormant. But gardeners don't need to stop because of the cold! There are always things that can be done in the garden. Instead of purchasing expensive new plants to add to the home landscape, gardeners can use winter downtime to propagate woody vines, shrubs and trees without a greenhouse. This workshop will give instruction on how to build a winter propagation bed, basic winter ID techniques, harvesting cuttings from our extensive woody plant collection, preparing the cuttings for propagation and successful winter propagation techniques. 
Cost $35 non-members; $25 members. Space is limited; call 617-333-0924 to register.  A portion of this class will take place outdoors - so dress warmly and bring hand pruners if you have some.

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