Evenings With The Experts - Grow Native Massachusetts


A Public Lecture Series at the Cambridge Public Library

  • First Wednesdays of each month, from February through May
    7:00 — 8:30 pm
  • Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
  • Each talk will last about an hour with time for Q&A afterward.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm for general seating. Seating is unassigned and will be available on a first-come basis.
  • Events are free and open to all.

2018 Programs

  • February 7
    The Beautiful Adaptations of Native Plants: Inviting the Wild into our Gardens
    Dan Segal, Owner of The Plantsmen Nursery

    Native plants have evolved a broad array of adaptations in the wild, yielding not only the ornamental features embraced in horticulture but many fascinating mechanisms for survival. Dan will take us beyond 'pretty' plant features to explore the origins of these adaptive traits, and the critical importance of regional variation. This insight helps us to select plants that are genuinely suited to our landscapes.  He will also compare and contrast large-scale nursery production that favors the cloning of cultivars, with small-scale nursery propagation that favors seed-grown straight species.  To know and source native plants effectively, understanding their propagation can be just as important as species selection.  

    Dan Segal is the owner of The Plantsmen Nursery near Ithaca, NY, specializing in native plants, local seed collection, and natural landscaping. Dan has collected and propagated over 1,000 species of native plants in his three decades of work as a nurseryman, giving him great insight into the fascinating variety of adaptations that plants have evolved to survive. He founded the Ithaca Native Plant Symposium in 2009. 
    This lecture co-sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.
  • March 7
    Lessons Learned when Field Botany Meets Design
    Uli Lorimer, Curator of the Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Ecologically attuned designers are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration in the design of managed landscapes. But connecting field botany to horticulture is complex, and insights gained from observations in the wild don’t always translate directly into a cultivated garden. Uli will use the recently expanded native flora garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a cultivated pine barrens and coastal plain grassland, as a case study— sharing lessons learned along the way as the project evolved from a concept into a dynamic, living landscape. Good design allows for change and succession to occur, and flexibility in design intent is a valuable strategy because things do not always work out as planned.

    Uli Lorimer has been the Curator of Native Flora at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Garden for over a decade. He was instrumental in the expansion of the Garden’s native plant collection, using only material sourced from the wild and grown from seed. As Field Chair at BBG, he coordinates fieldwork with regional botanists and leads botanical expeditions for naturalists and horticulturists. 
    This lecture co-sponsored by Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • April 4
    Revealing a Sense of Place

    Matthew Cunningham, Principal and Founder of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design

    Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join us, as Matthew explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.

    Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.

    This lecture co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects

  • May 2
    Evoking Nature: Form and Function on the High Line
    Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture, Friends of the High Line

    The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique challenges. Andi will describe how her team uses traditional and innovative horticultural techniques, how they work to promote the park’s biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and how they foster an emotional connection to nature in this challenging urban environment. 

    As Director of Horticulture for the Friends of the High Line, Andi Pettis leads a world-class team of gardeners who care for this beloved elevated park in Manhattan. Andi’s horticulture career in New York City spans nearly two decades, including work in both private and public garden settings, park management, and teaching at the New York Botanical Garden. 

Location, Parking & Transit Info

Cambridge Public Library Location Map

Limited public parking is available under the Library, with an entrance ramp on Broadway. Fee is $1/hour.

Limited metered spaces are available in the area, including on Broadway, Cambridge Street, Quincy Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and around Cambridge Common. Cambridge resident street spaces are available throughout the area.

If you are driving, know that this is an active urban area, and allow time to park. Please carpool if you can. It reduces the competition for spaces.

Additional garage parking is available at market rates in Harvard Square (a short walk across Harvard Yard) at the Harvard Square Parking Garage and several other locations.

The closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line.

Fall Chrysanthemum Show - Botanic Garden of Smith College


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.

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

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.

Hampshire Life feature of 2016 Chrysanthemum Show
Slide show of past Chrysanthemum Shows

Concord Museum Garden Tour


Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, 2018.

Celebrating 29 Years of a New England Tradition.

The famed Concord spokesman for individualism and self-reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once wrote: “When I go into a good garden, I think, if it were mine, I should never go out of it.” This year the Concord Museum is celebrating 29 years of “going into good gardens” on the annual Concord Garden Tour. 

The Museum’s Guild of Volunteers has organized this pre-eminent garden tour, an unequalled opportunity both to share in the delights of beautiful and historic private gardens in Concord and to support the Museum’s Education Programs which annually serve over 12,000 students from 85 Massachusetts communities and 22 states. 

The Museum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. The Garden Tour will take place on two days, Friday and Saturday, June 1 and June 2, rain or shine. Each of the private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new gardeners designing their first perennial bed and accomplished landscapers with acres of “garden rooms.”

The tour of Concord-area gardens is self-guided and self-paced, beginning each day at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 4:00 p.m. Garden-goers should arrive at the Museum to pick up their maps prior to starting out. Tickets are good for either or both days, but each garden may only be visited once.  No refunds; no photography. 

Early Registration Tickets are $30 Concord Museum Members, $40 Non-Members. Tickets purchased after May 28 or at the door are $35 Concord Museum Members, $40 Non-Members. Check back for more registration links and information. 

Camellia Blooming Season


Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 

Sunday, February 20 - Friday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


Visit our celebrated collection of camellias in the 1804 camellia house at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. 

Many of the trees are more than one hundred years old. At this time of year, they put forth a profusion of blossoms in all sizes and shapes. 

Houseplant And Begonia Sale


Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, Mass. 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 19, 20 and 21, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


This exotic houseplant sale features begonias and semi-tropical plants. Browse our large selection of hard-to-find houseplants, along with succulents, cactus, citrus, rare bulbs, gesneriads, flowering plants, fairy and terrarium plants, and striking foliage plants.

Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases.

Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

New England Rose Society 2018  Yankee District Convention & Floral Workshop

Taking the next step - Moving on from Traditional

National Arrangement Chair, Nancy Redington, and National Award winning Arranger, Joan Singer, will again present a day of developing arranger skills. They will be assisted by two skilled arrangers and arrangement judges, Curtis Aumiller, who will be also speaking on Saturday and our very own District Floral Arrangement  Chair, Craig Dorschel. There will be a review of Traditional arrangements as a refresher before moving on into the styles classified as Modern. Beginners, if they desire, will be accommodated with extra time in the traditional styles in order to feel comfortable to move on to the Modern classifications. The day will be filled with hands-on experience for all participants with “one on one” instructor support.  In the afternoon, Craig Dorschel will demonstrate the Oriental manner styles most seen in rose shows. His skills in Ikebana will illustrate the relationship of Oriental to Modern Designs.

The workshop will be held Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton, 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA 01810, in the Salon D Ballroom. Lunch, drinks, refreshments, handouts, oasis and plant material will be provided. You are welcome to bring any plant material.

Download Floral Workshop registration form from this Link.

Download District Convention registration form from this Link.

Download District Convention schedule from this Link.

Webinars by Kerry Ann Mendez


A Striking, Sustainable Flower Garden by Design


Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Who doesn’t want head-turning, planet-friendly gardens that are the talk of the neighborhood and the pollinator world? Topics covered in this presentation include right plant-right place with an emphasis on natives; smart water practices, natural insect controls, sources for neonic-free plants, maintaining healthy soil, living mulches, winning the war against weeds naturally, and more.

Learn More & Register

Beauty and the Beast: Bold and Fine Foliaged Plants Make Wonderful Dance Partners


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)

Contrast…..Tension….. Energy…….Beauty! Dynamic foliage is the magic ingredient that elevates ho-hum gardens to unforgettable works of art. Large leaves among numerous small-leaves specimens add immediate drama as well as balance. Foliage choices are endless, offering a vast array of colors, shapes and textures….deciduous and evergreen. This lecture zooms in on big, brawny specimens as well as delicate beauties. The marriage of the two is breathtaking – far more remarkable as a team than solo players. Suggested pairings and design tips are included.

Learn More & Register

Fascinating Plants for Shade Gardens

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)


This illuminating presentation will help you see your way out of the dark to reveal a candy store brimming with gorgeous specimens for part shade or shade. Featured plants include perennials, flowering shrubs, annuals, bulbs and flowering vines ranging in hardiness from Zones 3 to 8. The lecture also includes design tips and lovely plant combinations. Who knows….you might even want to plant a shade tree after watching the Webinar!

Learn More & Register 

Twofer Perennials: Plants with Eye-Catching Flowers and  Foliage


Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)

Do you dream of a garden packed with abundance, drama and multi-season interest? Then this lecture is for you. Discover knockout perennials that dazzle the eye with a one-two punch – extraordinary flowers and foliage. There is never a dull moment using these standouts in the landscape. Superstars for all light conditions, ranging from Zones 3 to 8, will be featured. The presentation also includes some top-rated sources for these plants, including local garden centers.

Learn More & Register

Special Offer on Winter/Spring 2018 Webinars

$9 individually or register for all 4 spring 2018 webinars and receive a special 10% discount! Pay only $32 for all 4 webinars.

Register For All 4 Webinars

Spring Bulb Show - Botanic Garden of Smith College 


Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018

Location: Lyman Conservatory

A spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips  provide an early glimpse of spring.

HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday extended hours 10:00 AM - 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>>

Groups of 10 or more visiting the show must schedule in advance.
Group visit info>> 

*NO Guided Tours during the flower shows.

The Spring Bulb Show always opens the first Saturday in March and runs for two weeks including the third weekend.

Pruning Shrubs - Arnold Arboretum

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Jen Kettell, Horticultural Educator and Consultant

1 Session: Saturday, March 3, 10:00am–12:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

Knowing what and when to prune, and how to do so, are important as you manage your home landscape. Learn the basic techniques for pruning ornamental shrubs for optimum health and beauty. Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist will address topics including pruning cuts and tools; thinning and reducing overgrown plants; shaping and encouraging new growth.
Fee $20 member, $30 nonmember

Massachusetts Certified Arborist and International Society of Arboriculture CEUs available.

Garden Design Workshop for Home Gardeners - Arnold Arboretum

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Christie Dustman, Designer, APLD

5 Sessions: Wednesdays, February 7, 14, (skip 21), 28, Mar 7, 14 6:30–8:30pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

We may have the desire to make a garden, but then we grapple with where to start in designing our home garden spaces. Design a layout plan for an area of your yard in this beginner-level class. Learn the organizational components of a coherent garden and practice the process of design with award-winning designer Christie Dustman. You will leave class with a plan in progress from which to continue your design explorations. This class is primarily about garden spaces rather than specific plant selection. You will be required to draw a base plan for your site (with tutelage in class) and will need to purchase some drawing tools and pay for copying. Other supplies will be provided. Limited to 16 students. 
Fee $150 member, $190 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Pruning in Winter - Arnold Arboretum

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Jen Kettell, Horticultural Educator and Consultant

1 Session: Saturday, January 27, 9:00am–noon

Location: Hunnewell Building

Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist, will explain the reasons for pruning and what to consider when pruning dormant trees, shrubs, and vines. She will demonstrate techniques, give guidelines for determining which plants benefit from winter pruning, and explain how plants heal from pruning wounds. Note: this workshop teaches ornamental pruning techniques; it does not provide information on pruning for fruit production.
Fee $35 member, $48 nonmember

Massachusetts Certified Arborist and International Society of Arboriculture credits available.

Landscape for Life - Arnold Arboretum

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Mark Richardson, Botanic Garden Director, New England Wild Flower Society

4 Sessions: /Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 1:00–4:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

This intensive introductory course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for you, your family, and the environment. This class is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (sustainablesites.org), the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. The comprehensive curriculum covers a range of topics, including soils, water, plants, and landscape materials.
Fee $185 member, $218 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Forcing Spring Bulbs - Arnold Arboretum

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Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, Arnold Arboretum

1 Session: Saturday, January 13, 1:00–3:00pm

Location: Dana Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum

Cure the winter doldrums! Students will learn the basics of bulb forcing and will plant a layered bulb container containing daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, and tulips. Bulb arrangements will be taken home to nurture and enjoy. Fee for all materials, including bulbs, soil, and container, is included in the cost of the class. Limited to 10; register early.
Fee $50 member, $63 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Flora in Winter 2018


January 25-28, 2018

The Worcester Art Museum is pleased to present the 16th annual Flora in Winter four-day celebration. Flora is one of the most highly anticipated events at the Museum — a premier floral design event that includes captivating and imaginative interpretations inspired by works of art. Around every corner visitors will discover beautiful and imaginative floral designs by arrangers from across the region. It's a succulent feast for the eyes and spirit in the middle of winter!

"Color" presented by Julie Lapham


2017-2018 Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts "Back to Basics Series"

Date: 2/26/2018

Snow Date: 2/27/2018

Time: 10:30 A.M

Location: Espousal Center 554 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA

Cost: $45.00

Contact: Ruth Evans, Back to Basics Chair (email: ruhev@aol.com)