Weston Nurseries Proven Winners Garden Day

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Proven Winners Garden Day 2018 is here again, and we’ll be traveling to Pleasant View Gardens for an exciting day of gorgeous plants and garden inspiration.

Pleasant View is located in Loudon NH and is one of the founding growers of the Proven Winners plant brand. Our annual bus trip & tour includes a fun and informative day exploring their gorgeous display gardens, a keynote seminar from bestselling garden author Kerry Ann Mendez, a sneak peek of their trial gardens and new plant introductions for 2019, and a behind the scenes tour of their incredible production greenhouses. This private event is available only to garden centers like ours, and is one of the highlights of our Summer season. We look forward to sharing it with you!

The $50 fee includes transportation, box lunch, and a day of garden inspiration. We will depart on Friday morning from our Garden Center in Chelmsford and ride in style on a deluxe motor coach to and from Loudon NH. Bring your friends and relax while we do the driving! While you’re at Pleasant View you’ll also be served a box lunch of your choice.

For more information visit Weston Nurseries Proven Winners Garden Day Trip .


Bedrock Gardens Open Days

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The garden includes many structural elements such as paths, an espaliered fence, an arborvitae hedge, architecturally interesting rocks, pergolas, and garden art. The beds have exceptional plant varieties, often started as seedlings, including many unusual specimens of perennials, trees and shrubs.

Our First Open House is Saturday, July 21, 2018
Members: Admitted at 9 am.
General public: Admitted at 10 am.
Garden Closes at 5 pm.
Suggested donation: $10. Children 12 and under are free.
Boxed Picnic Lunches can be pre-ordered by July 18. Details and menu here.
Free Guided Garden Tours: 10:30 and 1 pm
Free Tour of the Art: 12 and 3 pm

For more information visit Bedrock Gardens


Friends of Stark Park Garden Tour

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When: Saturday, July 14, 2018 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Where: Stark Park, River Rd. Manchester, NH
Cost: Tickets will be available for $15 in advance or $20 in Stark Park starting at 9 a.m.
What: Manchester's Friends of Stark Park Garden Tour!

Join the Friends of Stark Park and expand your love for the outdoors by spending a delightful day on a self-guided, self-paced Garden Tour featuring several private gardens in the vicinity of Stark Park, the General John Stark Gravesite AND get an inside look at the Stark House on Elm Street.  This is a rare opportunity to tour this house thanks to the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). 

You will begin your Garden Tour at beautiful historic Stark Park to obtain your tour program book and map, revealing the locations of our “secret gardens.” You are welcome to visit the gardens in any order. You can linger in one and pass through another more quickly -- you control your time. Volunteers will be at each garden to check tickets and direct you to the gardens. These lovely, stylistically, and horticulturally diverse gardens are creations of inspiration ranging from homeowner gardeners to professionally designed landscapes. Get an up-close, behind the gates look a variety of different landscapes! Whether you are an experienced gardener or just getting started, these unique locations will give you many ideas to consider for your own landscape.

The Friends of Stark Park continue to work hard to maintain the improvements that have been done so far in the park. Future improvements include reducing the number of invasive species such as Burning Bush and European Spindle Tree among several other invasives, trail improvements, opening up views to the gravesite from the trails below and opening views to the river. Our Master Planning Committee is continuing to develop ideas for future improvements.

We encourage everyone to enjoy lunch at the park on our new benches that should be installed before the garden tour!  Take a tour of the park and learn 20 different trees that have new tree labels posted throughout.  Best of all, get a closer look at General John Stark’s Gravesite.  Our gates will be open.

If you have any questions prior to the event, don't hesitate to reach out via our Contact page, or through email at info@starkpark.com.

Purchase Tickets Here


Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change Conference

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The second annual RISCC Management Symposium will be held Thursday July 12, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Join us for this one-day symposium to learn, share perspectives, and discuss climate change and invasive species management issues on a regional and global scale. Free and open to the public -- registration now open!

Session topics include:

  • Invasive species impacts in a changing climate
  • Developing proactive invasive species regulations
  • Emerging challenges for invasive species management

    Featuring presentations by:

  • Cascade Sorte, Univ. of California Irvine
  • Bethany Bradley, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Montserrat Vila, Estación Biológicade Doñana
  • Brendan Quirion, The Nature Conservancy
  • Regan Early, Univ. of Exeter
  • Jenica Allen, Univ. of New Hampshire
  • Julie Richburg, The Trustees of Reservations
  • Gregg Sargis, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jeffrey Dukes, Purdue University

For more information vist RISCC.


Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival

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The 4th Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival will take place July 6-15, 2018!

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is an annual celebration of the region's blue, pink, and white signature flowers and everything gardens on Cape Cod! This ten day festival's main attractions are the daily tours of private gardens, each designed and maintained by the individual homeowners and carrying a unique charm. You are sure to enjoy such eclectic spaces, not to mention the good feeling of supporting a variety of local nonprofits. 

Gardens are only one part of the festival. Enjoy workshops and lectures presented by leading international horticulturalists, discover promotions at participating nurseries and home centers, take a class to learn proper hydrangea pruning techniques, or even watch a painting demonstration by renowned Cape Cod artists both in-studio and in the gardens themselves. 

Garden tours are $5 per person per garden. You can pay cash at each garden on the day of the garden tour.
Each garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only on the days specified. All garden tours are rain or shine and nonrefundable. *** = Different prices apply

For more information visit Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival


Grow Native Massachusetts 2018 Workshop Season, Plant Sale & Traveling Workshop

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2018 Workshop Season

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Getting to Know Our Native Plants: Beauty and Bounty in the Lazy Days of Summer

Instructor: Meredith Gallogly, Grow Native Massachusetts
August 9, 2018 (Thursday) | 5:30pm - 7:45pm 
$28
Member | $38 Non-Member | $100 Workshop Sponsor

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Getting to Know Our Native Plants: Asters, Goldenrods, and Friends

Instructor: Meredith Gallogly, Grow Native Massachusetts
September 8, 2018 (Saturday) | 10:00am - 12:15pm
September 12, 2018 (Wednesday) | 5:00pm - 7:15pm 
$28
Member | $38 Non-Member | $100 Workshop Sponsor

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Invasive Plant Identification and Management

Instructor: Chris Polatin, Polatin Ecological Services
September 22, 2018 (Saturday) | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Great Hall at Cedar Hill, 256 Beaver Street, Waltham
$42
Member | $52 Non-Member | $100 Workshop Sponsor

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Landscaping for Bird Diversity

Instructor: Claudia Thompson, Founder of Grow Native
October 17, 2018 (Wednesday) | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Great Hall at Cedar Hill, 256 Beaver Street, Waltham
$28
Member | $38 Non-Member | $100 Workshop Sponsor

Learn More and Register

 

 


Massachusetts Master Gardener 2018 Symposium

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 Yes, September seems "forever" away. And, yes, there's still plenty of time to sign up. But Early Bird registrants not only save money, they are also less likely to forget the date.  For Symposium details − including speakers' bios and a complete agenda −    click here .   Our 2018 Garden Marketplace will feature a number of practical, fun and unique items, including proven and recently-introduced plants as well as book signings by all four speakers.

Yes, September seems "forever" away. And, yes, there's still plenty of time to sign up. But Early Bird registrants not only save money, they are also less likely to forget the date.

For Symposium details − including speakers' bios and a complete agenda − click hereOur 2018 Garden Marketplace will feature a number of practical, fun and unique items, including proven and recently-introduced plants as well as book signings by all four speakers.


Fall Chrysanthemum Show-Botanic Garden of Smith College

Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018

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The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show features an extraordinary display of blooms in a variety of shapes and colors. The Fall Mum Show has been a popular college and community tradition since the early 1900s and showcases the hybridizing experiments of the horticulture class. The public gets a chance to vote on their favorites.

The Fall Chrysanthemum Show always begins the first Saturday in November and runs for two weeks including the third weekend.

Location: Lyman Conservatory

Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College.

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
MEMBERS ONLY 9:00 to 10:00 am daily (please bring your membership card)
The suggested donation is $5.00
Parking info >>

Group visit info>> 
Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance.
*NO Guided Tours during the flower shows.

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Slide show of past Chrysanthemum Shows