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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.


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.

Have you read the newest issue of"Dogwood Lane," our new quarterly journal?

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 12:09

We hope you have had a chance to check out our quarterly journal, entitled "Dogwood Lane." Each quarter, Dogwood Lane will focus on a different aspect of our programs and work of the Mary M. B. Charitable Trust. The first edition provided a deeper understating of how we carry out our mission to "promote life-long participatory learning using the resources of the Wakefield Estate," with a focus on three of the estate's educational programs. Subsequent issues have focused more deeply on other topics.

We hope you will take a few minutes to read our most recent issue by clicking here.

The fall edition of "Dogwood Lane" is entitled "Our Arboretum in a Warming World: Land Stewardship and Climate Change" and focuses broadly on our warming world, and more specifically, about how we are changing our landscape management approach to both anticipate and adapt to a warmer future.


Or click on one of the links below to read an earlier issue and learn more about our work. We'd love to hear what you think!

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue One - Wakefield Estate's educational programs.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue Two - Horticultural Research at the Wakefield Estate. 

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue Three - A Deeper Look at Wakefield Family History.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue Four - Focus on the Wakefield Estate's Horticultural Partnerships - Collaborations "In The Garden."

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 2, Issue One - Exploring the Wakefield Estate's Key Educational Alliances and Partnerships

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 2, Issue Two - How We Draw Inspiration From Earth Day's 50th Anniversary.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 2, Issue Three - Exploring the Impulse to Collect Plants.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 2, Issue Four - The Impact of Human Occupation on Local Land Use.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 3, Issue One - Cultivating a Passion for Trees

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 3, Issue Two - Revelations as We Rebound

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 3, Issue Three - Features and Objects, Part 1

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 3, Issue Four - Features and Objects, Part 2

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 4, Issue One - Our Arboretum in a Warming World.


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Join us for Dogwood Days 2018, a week-long celebration June 9-16, kicking off with Garden Conservancy Open Day - Saturday, June 9th

Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:11

Join us for Dogwood Days 2018 - a week-long celebration of the invaluable gift Polly Wakefield gave to the community and timed to coincide with the bloom of 300+ kousa dogwood trees.  During Dogwood Days the grounds are open daily, Saturday, June 9 - Friday, June 15, 10am-4pm daily.  The week includes open gardens, guided tours, tree sale and a variety of special events, capped off with our 6th Annual Dogwood Days Garden Party. Join your friends at the garden party and enjoy fabulous food and drinks, live jazz, and the chance to bid on many great items in the silent auction.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. To buy yours, click here.

For information about any of these events please call us 617-333-0924.

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