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Dogwood Days 2021: June 5-20, 2021
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Dogwoods Days at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is the annual celebration of the blooming legacy of Polly Wakefield’s collection of over 300 dogwood trees. This year’s Dogwood Days will take place over two weeks, and will feature smaller, more intimate events designed to showcase the spectacular late-spring bloom and appeal to all ages, including garden yoga and meditation, horticultural events and guided tours, sheep shearing, dogs and dogwoods “shows,” garden music and three special events for members.

Please see below the daily schedule and brief summary of the events planned during Dogwood Days. The arboretum is open to visitors every day during Dogwood Days - $5 entrance fee; please note open hours as they may change from day to day. For those events where space is limited or membership required, there is a link for more information and to pre-register and purchase a ticket or membership.

For more information call 617-333-0924 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SATURDAY JUNE 5: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm - FAMILY AND KIDS’ DAY

Dogwood Days kicks-off with a weekend full of events for kids and families. Join us for a self-guided scavenger hunt, visits with the animals, kids’ arts, DIY picnic and games.

Some events require pre-registration; see schedule below:

7:00am - Sunrise Coffee and Birding - register here.

The arboretum is home to a wide variety of birds, including songbirds, flycatchers and woodpeckers. Join Executive Director Mark Smith for a cup of coffee and an early morning stroll through the woods and formal gardens to catch a glimpse of the birds of the property; if we’re lucky, we may see the pair of pileated woodpeckers who are nesting here. Space is limited. Register here.

8:00am - Sun's up Sheep Shearing 

Observe Kevin Ford, aka "The Blade," shear our three sheep, Dart, Bug and Ashe, using traditional method of long shears. He's fast, so it'll be quick but visitors can look up-close at the fleeces and hear about the process.

1:00pm - Dogs and Dogwoods - Register here.

Our annual “Dogs and Dogwoods” is back - an informal dog show where every canine is a winner! Dogs must be well-mannered and kept on a leash at all times. Space is limited.

2:00pm - Guided tour - There will be a guided tour of the formal gardens each day during Dogwood Days including a stroll through hundreds of blooming kousa dogwood trees cultivated and planted by the late Polly Wakefield.

SUNDAY JUNE 6: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm - FAMILY AND KIDS’ DAY

Dogwood Days’ opening weekend is full of events for kids and families. Join us for a self-guided scavenger hunt, visits with the animals, kids’ arts, DIY picnic and games.

Some events require pre-registration; see schedule below:

1:00pm - Dogs and Dogwoods - Register here. See description above.

2:00pm - Guided tour - See description above.

MONDAY JUNE 7: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

TUESDAY, JUNE 8: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 9: Open Hours 9:00am -3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

5:00pm - Special Tour: Polly’s Dogwoods

Join us for a fascinating educational tour to learn how Polly Wakefield got started in horticulture, and how and where her interest in kousa dogwoods began. Register here. After the tour, become a member and join the Wine, Cheese and Trees Trivia Tour at 6pm.

6:00pm - Wine, Cheese and Trees Trivia Tour (membership required - link to reg. page) (Membership required)

Back by popular demand, the Wine, Cheese and Trees Trivia Tour is a fun way to learn about trees all while sampling fine wine and unique cheeses. Space is limited. Rain date: Thursday, June 10. Register here.

THURSDAY JUNE 10: Open Hours 9am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

FRIDAY JUNE 11: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

SATURDAY JUNE 12: Open Hours 9:00am-3:00pm - Conifer Day

Join us for a close-up look at the arboretum’s conifer collection, two conifer-focused classes and a special conifer tour of the Wakefield Arboretum.

Time TBD - Pairing Conifers and Deciduous Plants - Landscape designer Christie Dustman and Arboretum Director Debbie Merriam will do a presentation focused on pairing conifers with a variety of deciduous plant material. They will use the Wakefield Arboretum as the backdrop for this conversation and discuss existing pairings and how the landscape could be enhanced by additional plantings.

Time TBD - Creating Hypertufa Containers for your garden - Join Michael Larkin from Harrisburg PA , Landscape Designer and Artesian for a demonstration on how to create unique Hypertufa containers for your garden. Hypertufa is a combination of portland cement and various aggregates mixed together to imitate natural Tufa stone. The containers can be used for growing succulents, alpines, and mini conifers. Michael has been making Hypertufa garden art for over 15 years and loves to teach gardeners how to make and enjoy them in their garden.

1:00pm - Conifer Tour

(Wine and Cheese Social - Private event)

SUNDAY JUNE 13: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm - GARDEN YOGA AND WELLNESS DAY

Join us for a day focused on health and wellness in the outdoors: garden yoga, sound mediation, walking our forest labyrinth and forest bathing for kids.

9:00am - Morning Yoga - registration link

Enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating outdoor yoga session in the early light of the summer landscape on Sunday, June 13 at 9:00 am. Certified instructor Samantha Wechsler will lead a class designed for all levels of practice. Bring your own mat and dress in comfort-able clothing. The session is held outdoors, and we recommend face masks and social distancing. This session is weather-dependent and will be postponed in the event of inclement weather. Cost $20. Pre-registration here.

10:30am - Sound Meditation - registration link

Come experience and enjoy the unique experience of a meditation sound journey, including crystal bowls, rain maker & other sound instruments. Sound baths benefits can include feelings of relaxation, feeling restored & refreshed. Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and warm layers of clothing. The session is held outdoors, and we recommend face masks and social distancing. This session is weather-dependent and will be postponed in the event of inclement weather. Cost $20. Pre-register here.

11:00am - Kids and the Outdoors

MONDAY JUNE 14: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guide Tour - See description above.

TUESDAY JUNE 15: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00 pm

1:00pm- Guided Tour - See description above.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 16: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

5:00pm - Special Tour: Polly’s Dogwoods

Join us for a fascinating educational tour to learn how Polly Wakefield got started in horticulture, and how and where her interest in kousa dogwoods began. Space is limited. After the tour, enjoy Garden Music at 6:00pm.

6:00pm - Garden Music - registration link

Join your friends to enjoy the enchanting light of the late afternoon with our popular Garden Music event. Singer and songwriter extraordinaire Eric Martin will play some of his bluesy repertoire. $10 per person. Space is limited. Rain date: Thursday, June 17

THURSDAY JUNE 17: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

FRIDAY JUNE 11: Open Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm

1:00pm - Guided Tour - See description above.

SATURDAY JUNE 19: Open Hours 9:00am - 12:00pm

3:00pm - Members’ Dogwood Beer Garden - registration link (membership required)

Join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon beer garden surrounded by the beauty of the arboretum with activities for the whole family. Enjoy live music, kids activities, farm animals and delicious locally crafted draft beer. Space is limited and membership required. To purchase a membership in order to register for this event, click here.

Annual Membership fee: $75/individual / $125/family

Your membership supports the educational programs of the Mary May Binney Wake-field Arboretum, which includes providing outdoor environmental education to over 2000 elementary school students each school year.

SUNDAY JUNE 20: Open Hours 9:00am - 12:00pm

1:00pm - Members Boxed Picnic - registration link (membership required)

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