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Estate co-sponsors 3/9 event about NE Women in Landscape Design

Monday, 25 February 2019 16:03

The Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust is proud to be a collaborator for a special event sharing the personal legacies of extraordinary women influencing New England landscape design at the turn of the century.

This seminar will illuminate the lives of Mary (Polly) Wakefield, Eleanor Cabot Bradley, Martha Brooks Hutcheson, Marian Roby Case, and Marjorie Russell Sedgwick, who designed and developed exceptional professional and personal landscapes and garden spaces and maintained significant roles in the conservation and preservation of appreciable New England open space. Learn about the Arnold Arboretum’s role in their endeavors, how the women’s legacies are carried on through charitable organizations, and how we can continue to raise the visibility of these special places.

The other co-sponsors are The Trustees of Reservations and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

The program includes an associated exhibition in the Arnold Arboretum’s historic Library Reading Room and light refreshments.

Saturday, March 9, 9:30am–1:00pm, Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building. Fee $50. 

For more information and to register, click here.

MARY (POLLY) WAKEFIELD’S lifelong dedication to the environment and horticulture can be found in her legacy of beautiful land, trees, and gardens at her estate in Milton, as well as the Public Garden in Boston, as a founding member of the Friends of the Public Garden.

MARJORIE RUSSELL SEDGWICK was a propagator of rare plants, and in collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University introduced new plants to her home, Long Hill and Sedgwick Gardens, in Beverly.

MARTHA BROOKES HUTCHESON studied gardens throughout Europe, then in 1900 enrolled in the original Landscape Architecture program at MIT. In 1935, she was named a fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, the third woman to receive this honor.

When ELEANOR CABOT BRADLEY inherited her family’s 90-acre Canton estate in 1945, she preserved the turn-of-the-century natural surroundings, maintaining a commitment to the elegant gardens, fields and woodlands.

MARION ROBY CASE operated an experimental fruit and vegetable farm in Weston from 1909 until 1942 to study the science of agriculture. The Case Estate, now owned by the Town of Weston, was once managed by the Arnold Arboretum as a 65-acre botanical garden containing rare plant specimens.

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Raising Your Own Backyard Chickens Workshop Saturday, 2/9

Friday, 11 January 2019 09:19

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 9th 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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2019 Stone Soup & Speaker Series kicks off 1/30 with an exploration of outdoor science education

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:29

This year's Stone Soup and Speakers Series, A Look Deeper, will focus on a deeper exploration into the different aspects and angles of our work here at the Wakefield Estate: outdoor and experiential education, tree and plant research, and local history. The topics relate to the central subject of our newly launched quarterly journal, Dogwood Lane. The January -April series will take place the last Wednesday of the month, beginning January30th with a talk by one of our educational partners and Erica Max, the estate's Program Director, on the use of the Wakefield landscape as an outdoor classroom.
Donations welcome; please rsvp as space is limited. The program starts at 6:00 pm when guests can enjoy a bowl of homemade soup before settling in to enjoy the speaker's remarks. For more information, or to rsvp, call 617-333-0924.

Mushroom Propagation Workshop 3/31

Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:14

Take home your own gourmet mushroom log for years of mushroom harvesting!
Don't miss the Wakefield Estate's annual mushroom growing workshop on Saturday, March 31st from 9:00-11:30 am! After an introduction of different mushroom growing methods, we will teach you how to inoculate logs with mushroom spawn and send you home with your own "seeded" log which can provide mushrooms for up to 5 years. This is a great family-friendly event. Please bring your own drill and half-inch drill bit if you have one. All materials provided. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Cost: $20/members; $30/non-members; $50/Family. Co-Sponsored by Brookwood Community Farm. Call 617-333-0924 to register today.
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