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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 13:25

Dogwood Days 2022
Saturday, June 11 - Sunday, June 19
Open Daily, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dogwoods Days at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is the annual celebration of the legacy of Polly Wakefield’s collection of over 300 dogwood trees in full bloom. Dogwood Days 2022 features diverse events designed to showcase the spectacular late-spring blooms and appeal to all ages.
The arboretum is open to visitors every day during Dogwood Days - $5 entrance fee. For special events where tickets and/or membership are required, there is a link for more information and to purchase a ticket or membership.
Below is a daily schedule and brief summary of the events planned during Dogwood Days.
Saturday & Sunday, June 11-12 - Family Weekend
Dogwood Days kicks off with a weekend full of events for kids and families with fun activities for all ages including sunrise birding, our annual sheep shearing, Dogs and Dogwoods Day, family yoga, DIY garden strolls, picnics, scavenger hunts, and more.
Monday-Sunday, June 13-19, Open Hours, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily. The grounds will be open for visitors to stroll and enjoy the splendor of our kousa dogwood collection and its spectacular display! DIY picnics, Plein air art, and photography are strongly encouraged. A guided tour will be given daily at 1:00 pm.
In addition, there are several special events that require pre-registration via the links below:
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 pm:
Thursday, June 16, 6:00 pm:
Special Evening Dogwood Tour
Friday, June 17, 6:00 pm:
Dogwood Days Members’ Soiree (Membership required)
Saturday, June 18, 4:00-6:00 pm:
Stay tuned for further details about all these amazing Dogwood Days programs and our Dogwood Days Online Silent Auction, or visit our website for more information. To arrange a group tour or donate an item to our silent auction, or volunteer during Dogwood Days, please call 617-333-0924 x22.

Once-a-Month Weekend Open Hours - May 21 & 22

Monday, 02 May 2022 10:14

Once-a-Month Weekend Open Hours
Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Bring a DIY picnic!
May is a wonderful time to visit the arboretum and enjoy the constantly changing array of blooms and delights.
This month’s weekend open hours will be Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 22. These weekend hours have been popular with families or small groups who enjoy a morning visit with the Wakefield animals, take a stroll or savor a DIY picnic in a spot of their choice. Open hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Suggested donation $5 per adult. For more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.
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ATTENTION! Saturday Open Hours CANCELLED . Hope to see you Sunday!

Friday, 18 February 2022 10:24

ATTENTION! Saturday Open Hours are CANCELLED. Hope to see you Sunday!

With the warm temps, rain and wind on Friday, we anticipate that our paths and surfaces will be muddy and unstable. We expect that surfaces will dry up and freeze by Sunday for Open Hours as scheduled 11 am - 3pm. Bundle up and come out for a refreshing walk and visit the animals..

For more information, call 617-333-0924.


Winter Tree ID Workshop & Tour Jan. 22nd at 10 a.m.

Friday, 14 January 2022 13:14

Many of us can identity a few tree species, like maples and oaks, based on their leaf shapes. Once they shed their leaves in fall, recognizing various tree species can be more difficult but not impossible. A tree's bark, twigs or buds, leftover fruit or seed pods, overall shape, and other features all provide valuable clues.
Join us for a special workshop and arboretum tour that will focus on the special skill of identifying trees in the winter. Learn how to put your observational skills to work along with some of the tricks that make it possible to recognize various tree species even when they are dormant.
There is no fee for this session but registration is required via this link. If possible, this will be an in-person all outdoor session so dress accordingly. In the event of COVID complications, it will be switched to a zoom session.


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