News Archive

Wakefield Estate Takes on the Winter Moth; Begins to Test Different Non-Toxic Control Strategies

Sunday, 02 November 2008 16:21

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Have you noticed all the moths flying in front of your car’s headlights on some of the more balmy evenings recently? These are winter moths (Operophtera brumata) and as many of you know, this pest has been responsible for widespread defoliation for most of the last decade.  Equally problematic, in its larval stage, the moth crawls into unopened buds of many early blooming trees, especially fruit trees and maples. Without blooms, fruit trees will not produce fruit. The winter moth infestation has caused significant damage at the Wakefield Estate, especially in the orchard.

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Thacher Students Try Their Hand at Propagation

Saturday, 01 November 2008 16:17

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Thacher Montessori students from Sally Fitzgerald’s Science Lab are conducting an experiment in their new greenhouse using some plant material from the Wakefield Estate. After collecting seed pods from some of the Wakefield Estate’s honey locusts, the students prepared the seeds by soaking them in near boiling water and then planted them in pots to take back to the school. The students also dug and seedlings that had self-sown to compare with their seedlings.

 

 

 


Sarah Greenwood 8th Graders Plant Trees and Memories

Thursday, 30 October 2008 15:07

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On October 30th, twenty five 8th graders from the Sarah Greenwood school in Dorchester came to the estate to do community service, planting seven new apple trees and bulbs. After completing the project, the students enjoyed a pizza lunch. After lunch, there was time for a tour of the site and a scavenger hunt.

It was an amazing day and we are grateful for their help, and happy they had a chance to enjoy the estate.

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Thacher Adolescents Plant Ahead for Springtime Beauty

Friday, 24 October 2008 15:01

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On Friday, October 24th, students from the Adolescent Program at Thacher Montessori planted spring bulbs in the “Front Garden” of the Wakefield Estate. In Spring, this formal hedged garden is one of the most beautiful areas at the property with the early blooms of the red and white Cercis canadensis (redbud), azaleas, and spring ephemerals including Virginia bluebells, mayapple, Jack-in-the-pulpit and trillium. The daffodils planted by the students will add to the tulip and tiger lily bulbs still present from Polly Wakefield’s work in this area, and will create an amazing springtime display.

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