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Come visit us VIRTUALLY!

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:08

We're switching it up to meet the new needs of a new situation - come visit us VIRTUALLY!
In response to an ever-changing and evolving situation brought on by COVID-19, we are trying to step it up and enable all of you and the 1000 elementary students we would welcome this year to enjoy VIRTUAL visits to this amazing landscape. This month, we will be posting a series of videos, photos, texts, and instagram "insta-walks" on our various social media platforms. We hope you will join us for "plant of the day," a walk on some of our beautiful trails, and learn about a broad array of our horticultural highlights such as this tour of our dwarf conifer collection. We will be posting on our website at, our Facebook page, our Instagram page and on our twitter page.
Check us out frequently and learn more about this place and about horticulture and all kinds of cool stuff. Hope to see you there!

Walden Warming - a lecture by Richard Primack 5/18 at Milton Library

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 12:11

Most people know Henry David Thoreau as a writer and botanist, but he was also a climate change scientist! For the past 17 years, Professor Richard Primack and his team have been using Thoreau's records from the 1850s and other Massachusetts data sources to document the earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants, the earlier flight times of butterflies, and the more variable response of migratory birds. Most noteworthy, plants in Concord are also changing in abundance due to a warming climate. This work has received extensive media coverage as an example of the biological effects of climate change, and is now being extended to the neglected autumn season. What would Thoreau tell us to do about global warming if he were alive today? For more information, click this link.
Co-sponsored by the Milton Public Library.
Please note:  In the event we are not able to gather publicly, this event will be conducted on-line.
This event is free to the public but capacity is limited so pre-registration is required via this link. For more information, call 617-333-0924.

CANCELLED! Backyard Homesteading - Grow Your Own Mushrooms! 4/4

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 12:08

Take home your own gourmet mushroom log for years of mushroom harvesting!

 Don't miss the Wakefield Estate's annual mushroom growing workshop on Saturday, April 4th from 9:00-11:30 am! After an introduction of different mushroom growing methods, we will teach you how to inoculate logs with mushroom spawn and send you home with your own "seeded" log which can provide mushrooms for up to 5 years. This is a great family-friendly event. Please bring your own drill and half-inch drill bit if you have one. All materials provided. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Cost: $20/members; $30/non-members; $50/Family. Call 617-333-0924 to register today.

After the session, join us for a bowl of mushroom barley soup and stay for our Tree Planting Session from 12 noon-1:30 pm. You'll not only leave with your mushroom producing log, but also a beautiful tree to plant in your own yard!


CANCELLED - Compact Orchard Workshop 3/28

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 11:55

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the compact orchard workshop scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled.
Planning and Creating a Compact Orchard Workshop
Saturday, March 28, 9:00-11:00 am

Become a backyard orchardist and grow your own fruit! Even with a small yard, you can enjoy fruit from your own trees with minimal effort and cost. This step-by-step workshop will teach you all you need to know to plan and create a compact orchard for years of enjoyment. Participants will spend part of the workshop outside in the orchard for a pruning demonstration, so dress accordingly. Space is limited; Fee $20 member, $30 nonmember
Offered by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust. Pre-registration required; register here.
For more information, call 617-333-0924.



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