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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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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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