Tuesday, 25 January 2011 09:59
Two dozen brave souls (including several families) enjoyed the Wakefield Estate's first Mid-winter Evening Garden Tour on Saturday, January 22. Several of the estate's older and most handsome trees were illuminated with uplighting providing a dramatic spectacle against the black night sky. Under the added light of the nearly full moon bouncing off the brilliant white snow, visitors strolled through the garden on paths the Wakefield staff had etched out of the deep snow with a snow blower. Before and after their walks, everyone congregated in the estate's Front Garden, where a fire pit was ablaze in the large stone bird bath offering a chance to warm up or toast a marshmallow or sausage.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 10:38
The Wakefield Estate is partnering this year with the Hyde Park Presbyterian Church and the SHOUT After School Tutoring Program to provide children from the Henry Grew school in Hyde Park academic enrichment opportunities. Last week the kids collected a number of items from the landscape - berries, leaves, nuts, cones, ferns - with which to make colorful collages. Following the art project, each child writes in their journal to describe their experience. One student wrote in her journal: “Today we went to the Wakefield Estate. It was great. I collected stuff: leaves and seeds and made a collage. It was great. I took it home to show my mother. I hope we get to come back to Wakefield." We hope so too!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:54
Last week for the third consecutive year, floral designer Lisa Ahern worked her magic and gave a dazzling holiday floral demonstration to a standing room only crowd. The evening session began with participants enjoying mulled cider, wine and snacks in the farmhouse, cozy with a fire flickering in the wood stove. Then Ahern displayed how to make several stunning decorations ranging a simple arrangement of cranberries, twigs and paperwhite bulbs to an elaborate but easy to assemble thanksgiving centerpiece bursting with fruit and vegetables of the fall harvest. Based on word of mouth, Ahern and these holiday happenings have developed a devoted following and generally sell-out. This year was no exception with staff scurrying to accomodate an overflow of attendees. Ahern, who works at Cedar Grove Gardens, donates all proceeds from her session to benefit the estate's charitable trust.
Monday, 15 November 2010 15:34
In early October, the Wakefield Estate was pleased to host the 2nd Annual Women¹s Tree Climbing Workshop. Sponsored by the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, the workship gave women arborists the opportunity to learn how to climb using a multitude of styles in climbing equipment & techniques. Designed as a two-day camping overnight event, the participants enjoyed great company, great weather, gorgeous fall foliage and fantastic food from Puddingstone Kitchen. Photos courtesy of and copyrighted by Julie McIntosh Shapiro.
Page 4 of 19«StartPrev12345678910NextEnd»