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2nd Annual Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Weekend 11/3 and 11/4

Monday, 22 October 2018 10:32

Three local iconic garden estates will host the 2nd Annual Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Weekend, showcasing their autumn landscapes and designed gardens on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 10am-3pm daily. The Trustees’ Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, the Mary Wakefield Estate, and Historic New England’s Eustis Estate will open their grounds to visitors to celebrate the fall season with landscape and garden tours, nature crafts, seasonal beverages and treats, and activities for the whole family. At the Bradley Estate, located at 2468 Washington Street in Canton, guided tours will be offered at 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and visitors can enjoy hot cider, outdoor games, a fall-themed scavenger hunt and make-your-own fall bouquets. The Eustis Estate, at 1424 Canton Ave in Milton, offers landscape tours at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm along with craft activities for families with the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, cider making demo and apple tasting, lawn games and live music – featuring Ukulele Union of Boston (Saturday) and Boston Guitar Orchestra(Sunday). The Wakefield Estate, located at 1465 Brush Hill Rd in Milton, will feature guided walks through its unique arboretum and grounds, including its new dwarf conifer collection that features over 25 species of conifers, at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm, caramel apple making for kids and hard cider sampling for adults, along with nature-based crafts and tree identification activities for the whole family. At each estate, tickets for members are $5; $10 for non-members; $20/family. Children under 18 are free. Visit all three and obtain a free program voucher to redeem at one of the estates through December 2018. For more information call 617-333-0924 or visit the websites of each location for more information:
The Eustis Estate:
The Wakefield Estate:
Eleanor Cannot Bradley Estate:


Wakefield Wellness Day POSTPONED to Sunday, Oct. 14

Friday, 12 October 2018 11:44

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the wet and cold forecast for Saturday morning, the Wakefield Wellness Day is postponed to its rain date: Sunday, October 14. The 8:00am garden yoga is cancelled; however it will be offered later in the morning at 10:15. Please arrive at 9am for coffee/tea and an introduction to the morning's schedule. Please call 617-333-0924 with any questions.

Don't Miss Holiday Inspiration with Cedar Grove's Lisa Ahern Oct. 17

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:06

With the holidays sneaking up, it's time for "Holiday Inspiration with Lisa," our annual holiday decoration demonstration by Lisa Ahern, floral designer for Cedar Grove Gardens. On Wednesday, October 17, 6:30-8:00 pm, Lisa will share her tips on how to create beautiful and easy floral accents for the holiday home, emphasizing creative and fun ways to make your home and table "shine" during the holidays. Enjoy some light refreshments, mulled cider or a glass of wine while watching Lisa work her magic! Most of the arrangements created during the workshop are raffled among those present at the end of the evening. Price for the workshop is $25 per person, $15 for members. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 617-333-0924 x22.

Thanks to Richard O'Mara of Cedar Grove Gardens for donating all materials used at the demo and Lisa for donating her time and expertise. Cedar Grove Gardens is a great place to get all your holiday decorations.

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Blue Hills Octoberfest to be held at Wakefield Estate Oct. 20th

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:47

The Wakefield Estate will host its 1st annual Blue Hills Octoberfest on Saturday, October 20 from 2:00-5:00pm. The event will feature live music, delicious street food, kids activities, farm animals, garden games and a fine selection of locally crafted beers by Turtle Swamp Brewing of Jamaica Plain. The Blue Hills Octoberfest is a benefit to raise funds for the Outdoor Environmental Education Program, which enables over 2000 Boston-area students to enjoy a day of outdoor learning each year at the Wakefield Estate. This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Blue Hills and Brookwood Community Farm.
Adding to the festival-feel of the event, live music will be performed by Electric Standard, a trio of local musicians that plays an eclectic mix of original songs and classic blues, rock and soul. Delicious food for will be prepared by The Chubby Chickpea, a Boston-based food truck serving Israeli street food, specializing in vegetarian and gluten free options - in addition to delicious chicken! - and creative side dishes.
The Blue Hills Octoberfest will feature locally crafted draft beers from Turtle Swamp Brewing of Jamaica Plain, the first true home of American brewing. Turtle Swamp Brewing is a neighborhood brewery that strives to be a good neighbor, while making consistent beer with high quality and local ingredients. "The beer of Jamaica Plain."
Tickets are $20, kids are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance via this link or the website: Ticket price includes garden entrance, one free pour of Turtle Swamp Brewing draft beer, and a raffle ticket for a private tour and beer tasting at Turtle Swamp Brewing with its founder/owner. The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 21, 2:00-5:00pm.
The Wakefield Estate is located at 1465 Brush Hill Rd. in Milton. for more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.
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