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ACS Reference Garden

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 10:13


The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is a Certified Reference Garden for the American Conifer Society. The purpose of the ACS Reference garden Program is to provide public access to a wide variety of conifer collections throughout the United States that will:

Educate gardening groups, such as Master Gardeners, botanical organizations and the general public about growing conifers

Familiarize gardeners with new varieties of conifers

Demonstrate conifer uses in the home landscape and provide inspiration as to uses of conifers in the garden

Promote new memberships and build enthusiasm among current Conifer Society members

Dogwood Days

Friday, 01 April 2022 08:31

Dogwood Days 2023

Saturday, June 3rd - Sunday, June 11th

Open Daily, 9:00am-4:00pm

Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum

1465 Brush Hill Road

Milton, MA


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 2023 featured diverse events designed to showcase the spectacular late-spring blooms and appeal to all ages.

Dogwood Days 2023 was a high bloom year! The event was held Saturday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 11th, with the arboretum open to visitors daily from 9:00am-4:00pm with a $5 entrance fee.

In addition to viewing the magnificent bloom in the dogwood allee and the surrounding gardens, guests enjoyed several special events including sheep shearing, guided tours, the Dogwood Days Lawn Party, and Family Day.

Our annual Plant Sale included trees and plants, including those associated with our collection such as kousa dogwoods, Japanese maples, Paperbark maples, Silver maples, Burr oak, Bitternut Hickory, European ginger, Mayapples, and Petasites.

Dogwood Days 2023 Schedule of Events

Saturday June 3rd

  • Sheep Shearing - 10:00AM
  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM
  • Dogwood Days Lawn Party - 5:00PM (Tickets required, click here to purchase)

Sunday, June 4th

  • Family Day - Join us for a self guided scavenger hunt, lawn games and visits with the animals.
  • Games - 10:00AM
  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM
  • Animal Visits - 2:00PM
  • Nature-based Activities
  • Plant Sale (Trees and plants available include several associated with our collection such as kousa dogwoods, Japanese maples, Paperbark maples, Silver maples, Burr oak, Bitternut Hickory, European ginger, Mayapples, Petasites, and more.)

Monday June 5

  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM

Tuesday, June 6

  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM

Wednesday, June 7

  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM
  • Summer Garden Music - 6:30PM. (Space is limited; tickets must be purchased in advance, click Here to purchase)

Thursday, June 8

  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM

Friday, June 9

  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM
  • Wine Cheese and Conifer Trees Trivia Tour (Tickets required, click here to purchase)

Saturday, June 10

  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM
  • Garden Rendezvous with the American Conifer Society - 9:00AM-4:00PM

Sunday, June 11

  • Guided Tour - 1:00PM

For more information call 617-333-0924 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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April Stone Soup Series Explores FUNGI! April 26th by ZOOM

Thursday, 31 March 2022 14:58

April Stone Soup Series Explores FUNGI!
A discussion about the fascinating facts about fungi revealed in the book: Entangled Life
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 pm
In our recent issue of Dogwood Lane Quarterly, we offered another opportunity to deepen your knowledge and connection to the wider natural world by providing our quarterly book recommendation. This quarter, we invite you to read Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life, How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, an international bestseller that explores fungi - "a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that support and sustain nearly all living systems." It is not necessary to have read the book in advance of the session, but you will definitely want to afterward!
The zoom presentation exploring this book will take place Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm. To receive the zoom link for this session, please register here or email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
This will be re-broadcasted later on Milton Public Access Television.
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Mark Your Calendar! School Vacation Week Programs Daily April 19 - 24

Thursday, 31 March 2022 14:51

School Vacation Week Programs Daily April 19-24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us during school vacation week from 10 am-3 pm for a visit, picnic, or to enjoy some special family-friendly programs we have planned. Activities will celebrate spring and have a nature focus. Tuesday-Friday there will be a scheduled activity at 11:00 am including a ponding session on Tuesday, a Jr. Birdwatching session on Wednesday, a "worm watching" and worm compost session on Thursday, and a tree planting demo and tree raffle on Friday. In addition, there will be a daily woodland walk led by Erica Max, Education Director. All week, visitors can enjoy our "make it station," BYOPicnics, and DIY visits with the animals.
Registration is not required and admission is free but suggested donations of $5 per visitor are appreciated.
Subject to cancellation due to weather or COVID complications; see or our Facebook page for any last-minute changes. For more information, call 617-333-0924 x 22.
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