Dogwood Days 2013: A Week-long Celebration

A week-long celebration of the estate’s kousa dogwood trees, featuring open gardens, guided tours, tree sale, and more

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 include a week-full of special events, including open hours, guided tours, a tree sale and more. The grounds will be open daily for self-guided walks around the formal gardens where hundreds of kousa dogwoods will be at their peak bloom. Program highlights include:

Saturday, June 8: Garden Conservancy Open Days Program, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Each year hundreds of exceptional gardens nationwide are selected to participate in Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. This year, the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust has partnered with the Garden Conservancy to organize “Greater Boston Area Open Days” on June 8 featuring the Wakefield Estate, the Forbes House Museum and 3 other outstanding Milton gardens. For more information, visit the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program website for the Greater Boston Open Days at http://www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays/open-days-schedule/openday/712-greater-boston-area-open-day. A guided tour of the Wakefield Estate will be offered at 1:00 pm, rain or shine.

Tree and Plant Sale:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In conjunction with our week-long Dogwood Days Celebration, we will hold our first annual plant sale. 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, metasequoias, tulip trees, and mayapples.

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

Sunday, June 9: Dogs and Dogwoods Day

Join us for a day of fun for families and four-legged friends featuring “dog” related activities including a light-hearted dog shows for kids and adults,  a chance to “dig” like dogs love to do at our  “Dig it” Summer Archaeology demonstration, enjoy a yummy “dog” at our Hot Dog stand or just enjoy a stroll in the garden or a “roll” in the grass at the Rolling Lawn. This event is free – donations are welcome and appreciated. During your visit, make sure to check out our plant sale. Take home one of the Wakefield Estate’s special plants to start your own collection.

Monday June 10 – Friday, June 14

During Dogwood Days week-long celebration, 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. Plein air artists are invited to capture the blooming dogwoods on canvas and will have the opportunity to sell their work at a later event or enter a competition for the image to be used on the 2014 Dogwood Days poster. If your garden club or organization would like a private guided tour, please call us at (617) 333-0924.

Friday, June 14: Dogwood Fire, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CANCELLED due to wet and muddy conditions.

Dogwood Days will conclude with a rousing fire in the front garden.  Join the Wakefield staff in celebrating the conclusion of the 2013 Dogwood Days by roasting a sausage or marshmallow after an evening stroll through the estate’s formal gardens and kousa dogwoods   Please call to register: 617-333-0924.

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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