Dogwood Days 2018: A Week-long Celebration

Dogwood Days 2018: 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 sixth annual Dogwood Days Garden Party on June 16th (rsvp required), wrapping up a week-full of special events, including open hours, guided tours, a tree sale and more. This year, Dogwood Days will begin on Saturday the 9th with Garden Conservancy Open Day. From June 9th until June 15th, the grounds will be open daily from 10 am until 4 pm 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 16th: Our annual Dogwood Days Garden Party. Help us celebrate the end of 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. To buy your ticket, click here.

Saturday, June 9

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 again partnered with the Garden Conservancy to organize “Greater Boston Area Open Days” on June 9th 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.

Bonsai Making Workshop - 11 a.m. Learn how to create your own bonsai using local trees.  All materials provided; participants will create the own bonsai.  $25/members; $35/non-members.  Registration required; call 617-333-0924 x22.

A guided tour of the Wakefield Estate will be offered at 1:00 pm, rain or shine. For more information, click here.

Sunday, 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 2:00pm. Stroll the gardens and enjoy the dogwoods at their peak. All dogs must be kept on leash and be under their owner's control.

Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15

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. 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 13
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; RSVPs appreciated at 617-333-0924 x22.

Saturday, June 16th, 5:00 pm
6th 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. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets call Call 617-333-0924 or click here to buy your ticket now

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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