Dogwood Days 2017: A Week-long Celebration

Dogwood Days 2017: A Week-long Celebration


Plan to visit us during our signature event: Dogwood Days - the annual week-long celebration of estate’s iconic kousa dogwood trees this June!

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 our fifth annual Dogwood Days Garden Party on June 17th (rsvp required), kicking off week-full of special events, including open hours, guided tours, a tree sale and more. This year, Dogwood Days will begin on Saturday the 10th with one of the estate's most enjoyed event: Dogs and Dogwoods. Starting that day for a week, 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. 

Schedule is subject to change. Please call 617-333-0924 to confirm specific program info.

In conjunction with our Dogwood Days Celebration, we will hold our 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. 


Program highlights include:

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 17th: Our annual Dogwood Days Garden Party. Help us kick off Dogwood Days with this wonderful celebration of the glorious dogwoods and grounds held at the Isaac Davenport Mansion! Festivities begin at 5 pm. For more information or to RSVP, call 617-333-0924.

June 10th

Dogs & Dogwoods Day - all day
Join us for a day of fun for families and four-legged friends featuring "dog" related activities, including an informal dog show at 1:00pm. Stroll the gardens and enjoy the dogwoods at their peak. All dogs must be kept on leash and be under their owner's control.
Bonsai Workshop, 11:00am
Learn how to create your own bonsai during this one-hour session. Self-taught veteran bonsai maker Fred Trusten will guide participants in creating their own bonsai. All materials will be provided. $30/members; $40/non-members. Space is limited for this session so registration is required; call 617-333-0924.
Woodturners Demo – all day
Members of the New England Woodturners Club will join Dogwood Days on June 10th and 11th to demonstrate their skill working the lathe to turn pieces of wood into art and practical items.

Sunday, June 11

Garden Conservancy Open Day Program, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Each year hundreds of exceptional gardens nationwide are selected to participate in Garden Conservancy’s Open Days. This year, the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust has partnered with the Garden Conservancy to organize “Greater Boston Area Open Days” on June 11th featuring the Wakefield Estate, and other outstanding gardens. Begin your day at the Wakefield Estate, pick up a map and head out to see some great and inspiring gardens. For more information, visit the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program website for the Greater Boston Open Days. Admission to each garden is $7. Day passes for admission to all five gardens are $30 and can be purchased at the estate.

A guided tour of the Wakefield Estate will be offered at 1:00 pm, rain or shine. Judith Tankard, an expert on Ellen Biddle Shipman will be on hand at the "former Mrs. Holden McGinley Garden." for more information, visit

Woodturners Demo – all day

Members of the New England Woodturners Club will join Dogwood Days on June 10th and 11th to demonstrate their skill working the lathe to turn pieces of wood into art and practical items.

Monday, June 12 – Saturday, June 17

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 20187 Dogwood Days poster. If your garden club or organization would like a private guided tour, please call us at (617) 333-0924. During Dogwood Days, a donation of $5 for admission is suggested.

Wednesday, June 14
Wine, Cheese, Trees and Trivia Tour, 6:30 pm
Enjoy light refreshments and a glass of wine and try your hand at "tree trivia" while strolling the formal gardens. Learn about the history of the estate's signature trees. Donation suggested; Please RSVP at 617-333-0924.
Saturday, June 17th, 5:00 pm
5th Dogwood Days Garden Party
The Dogwood Days Garden Party is the Wakefield Estate’s annual fundraiser, celebrating the legacy of Polly Wakefield and her extraordinary gift to the community. This year the party will showcase hors d'oeuvres from six local restaurants including the Ashmont Grill, Novara, Antonio's Bacaro, The Plate, ester, and Effie’s Homemade. Enjoy live music, a silent auction and wonderful food and drinks. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets call Call 617-333-0924. For more information about Dogwood Days see
year the party will showcase hors d'oeuvres created by these six local chefs:

Chris Douglass (Ashmont Grill and Tavolo);
Tony DeRienzo (Novara);
Anthony Haley (Antonio's Bacaro);
Suzanne Lombardi (The Plate);
Joan MacIsaac (Effie's Homemade);
Francis Santos (ester).
Craft Beer provided by Saranac.
 In addition, there will be live music, a silent auction and wonderful food and drinks, takes place in the beautiful formal gardens of the estate, surrounded by hundreds of kousa dogwood trees in full bloom. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. Ticket order forms can be accessed here and mailed to our address: Wakefield Charitable Trust, 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186.

 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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