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Join us for Dogwood Days 2019 - it is going to be SPECTACULAR!

Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:55

Plan to visit us during our signature event: Dogwood Days - the annual week-long celebration of estate’s iconic kousa dogwood trees this June!
Each June, the Wakefield Estate welcomes visitors to celebrate the annual blooming of hundreds of Polly Wakefield's kousa dogwood trees. We’re excited to announce that this year’s Dogwood Days will kick-off with our seventh annual Dogwood Days Garden Party on June 8th (rsvp required), followed by a week-full of special events, including pop-up sessions with garden experts, guided tours, our Wine, Cheese and Trees event, Dog and Dogwoods Day and even a "Dogwood Beer Garden." During this week-long celebration from Sunday, June 9th until Saturday, June 15th, the estate will be open to the public daily from 10am-4pm for self-guided garden tours and plant sale. Stroll about the estate grounds and formal gardens to view hundreds of breathtaking kousa dogwoods at their peak bloom. If your garden club or organization would like a private guided tour, please call us at (617) 333-0924. During Dogwood Days, a donation of $5 for admission is suggested. 
Schedule is subject to change. Please call 617-333-0924 to confirm specific program info.

In conjunction with our Dogwood Days Celebration, we will hold our annual plant sale during open hours. This is your opportunity to add some special woody plants and perennials to your own yard, including some of the estate's signature kousa dogwoods, Japanese maples, mayapples and more. 

Program highlights include:

Saturday, June 8
7th Dogwood Days Garden Party
The Dogwood Days Garden Party is the Wakefield Estate’s annual fundraiser, celebrating the legacy of Polly Wakefield and her extraordinary gift to the community. Help us celebrate Dogwood Days with this wonderful celebration of the glorious dogwoods and grounds held at the Isaac Davenport Mansion! Festivities begin at 5 pm. For more information or to RSVP, call 617-333-0924. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. To buy your ticket, click here or call 617-333-0924 to receive an invitation in the mail.

Sunday, June 9
Opening Day - 2019 Dogwood Days
This year, there are even
more great reasons to get out for Opening Day of 2019 Dogwood Days at the Wakefield Estate. On Sunday, June 9th, not only will your get to see one of the best displays of kousa Dogwoods in years, but you can also catch an enticing short "pop-up" programs with some of the very best local experts and celebrate our new Dwarf Conifer Collection: a reference garden for the American Conifer Society.

10 AM: Coffee and conversation with Debbie Merriam, Wakefield Arboretum Director will lead a session in the garden on the history of dwarf conifers and the unusual efforts by plantsmen of searching for and harvesting brooms that will be used to create some of these amazing plants.

11 AM: Christie Dustman, award winning landscape designer and ACS member will do a one-hour program on conifers and how to use smaller/more unusual conifers in gardens. With our new Dwarf Conifer Garden as a back drop and "canvas," Christie will share her insights and tips on blending dwarf conifers into your garden with use of companion plants and garden objects.

12 PM: Jeff Thompson, Norfolk County Agricultural High School staff member and accomplished horticulturalist will lead a walk-about and discuss the use of both ground covers and a variety of woody plants to enhance the landscape.

The Gardens will be open from 10am to 4pm. The entrance fee is $5 and will include all workshops.

Wednesday, June 12
Wine, Cheese and Trees event - 6:30 pm
Enjoy light refreshments, a glass of wine and try your hand at "tree trivia" while strolling the formal gardens. Learn about the history of the estate's signature trees. Donation suggested; Please RSVP at 617-333-0924.

Saturday, June 15- Something for everyone!
Central New England Woodturners Demo and Display, Dogs & Dogwoods Day & Dogwood Beer Garden 

- a day of fun for families and four-legged friends featuring "dog" related activities, including an informal dog show at 1:00 pm. Stroll the gardens and enjoy the dogwoods at their peak. All dogs must be kept on leash and be under their owner's control. Woodworkers from Central New England Woodturners will be doing demonstrations on their lathe and displaying their work all day and folks can relax at the Dogwood Beer Garden from 1:00-4:00 pm and  join us for a refreshing pint of locally-crafted draft beer, live music and brats. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click  here  to secure your tickets.
10:00-4:00 pm - Woodturning Demo and Display
1:00 pm - Family-friendly Dog Show
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Dogwood Beer Garden

Directions to the Wakefield Estate
From Rt. I-95/128

Take exit 2B in Canton for Rt. 138 NORTH.  Proceed through set of lights.  About a half-mile or so later, just after passing the Trailside Museum on your right, bear right onto Canton Ave and then take an immediate left onto Brush Hill Rd.  You will cross over Rt. 138 – go another 100 yards or so and enter the Wakefield Estate through the first opening in the stonewall on your left – you will see a long and straight dirt lane.
Address of Estate: 1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton, MA  02186
Tel: 617-333-0924

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Celebrating Spring, Mothers, and Gardens Sat. May 11th with Garden Yoga at 1:00 pm

Monday, 29 April 2019 08:37

Celebrate your mother with us, as we celebrate our "mothers" - Mother Earth, mama llamas, and others at our annual celebration of spring and Mother's Day Tea, this year on Saturday, May 11th. Reservations are not needed if your family just wants to enjoy a stroll or visit with the animals during Open Hours which will be 1:00-4:00 but are requested if you plan to attend the tea starting at 3:00. $10 donation requested for adults attending tea and children are welcome for free. RSVP by calling 617-333-0924 x22.

Open hours for garden strolls & animal visits throughout
1:00 pm -  Garden Yoga Session -reservations required.
2:00 pm -  Llama visit and selfies
3:00 pm - Mother's Day Tea - reservations required.

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4/19: Join us for Earth Celebration Day!

Friday, 22 March 2019 11:49

Earth Celebration Day!
Join the Wakefield Estate and the Milton Shade Tree Advisory Committee for a celebration of the earth and nature at the 3rd Annual Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 19th, 10:00am-1:00pm 
Enjoy outdoor activities for the whole family, including
Family Yoga in the sheep meadow (bring your yoga mat!)
ATTENTION! Garden Yoga is postponed until Celebrate Spring, Mothers, and Gardens event on May 11 at 11. Hope you'll join us.
Worm Composting
Recycling info & games
Tree phenology and citizen scientist activities
And more!          
Suggested donation of $10 per family. 

Learn how you can "soften your footprint on the earth” with easy and simple goal setting activities for the whole family.  To register, call 617-333-0924 x22. The Wakefield Estate is located at 1465 Brush Hill Road.
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Exhition: Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo May 2-4

Friday, 22 March 2019 11:33

In conjunction with Artweek Milton's May 1 lecture "Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo and the Democratization of Natural History," theWakefield Estate will host an exhibition of its Royal Octavo collection, a set of hand-colored litho-graphs from the 1840s, recently discovered among the book collection at the estate. The exhibition will be held in the Davenport Mansion at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton, Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4; 11am-3pm daily - $5 suggested donation.

By understanding Audubon’s life and artistic process alongside the personal underpinnings and political implications of the octavo edition, a new conception of the artist and his world emerges – one in which the man comes of age alongside his nation, and sets in motion a host of historical events and movements to come.

 

Public Lecture: Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo and the Democratization of Natural History

Wednesday, May 1, 7:00-8:30pm

Cunningham Park Hall, 75 Edgehill Road, Milton, MA, 02186

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Exhibition: Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo

The Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton

Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4; 11am-3pm daily - $5 suggested donation

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