MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series

  • Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan (on the Jamaica Plain line) (map)
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BOTANY:

This class will help you understand plant structure and how they function in their environment, their needs for light, nutrients and water, how they reproduce, how pesticides and diseases impact the plant and why you should use particular practices for planting, pruning, harvesting, etc.

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MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series

  • Boston Nature Center 500 Walk Hill Street Mattapan, MA 02126 (map)
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PERENNIALS:

This class will cover perennial plant selection, defining cultural needs and site evaluations. It will look at zone hardiness and micro climates and how they affect perennials. The class will also cover perennial care: watering, fertilizing, deadheading, and dividing. We will also discuss gardening with natives as well as pollinator, butterfly and wildlife gardens.

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Saving the Pollinators
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Saving the Pollinators

  • Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton 93 East Main Street Hopkinton, MA (map)
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Save the Pollinators Make your garden a haven for pollinators. Ben Sellew with Pride's Corner will be will assist you in learning how to attract all kinds of pollinators from birds, bees and other beneficial insects. This Seminar is free. This Seminar is free.

Please read our Registration & Cancellation Policies Here.

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Let's Get Vertical with Andi Ross
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Let's Get Vertical with Andi Ross

Gardens with verticality give eye-level pizazz. Landscape designer and garden coach, Andi Ross will present the annual and perennial vines adaptable in our growing zone, including a visual guide to clematis - a must-have plant in any New England garden. She'll cover other aspects of the new trend in vertical gardens.

Andi Ross is an artistic landscape designer, certified organic land-care professional, private garden coach, and horticulturalist. She speaks throughout New England, including at the Boston and Portland Flower Shows, green industry accreditation schools, New England Grows, botanical gardens, and garden clubs and libraries. 

Sponsored by the Friends of MHL, Andover Seed Library & Spade and Trowel Garden Club.

Register online or by calling 978-623-8430.

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Spring Orchid Sale
Apr
12
to Apr 14

Spring Orchid Sale

  • Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 lyman street, waltham, ma (map)
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Shop our selection of hundreds of orchid plants, including Cattleyas, Laelias, Paphiopedilums, and Phalaenopsis. Our gardening experts can help you choose the right plants for your home. Historic New England members save 10% on purchases.


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Gardening with Dahlias
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Gardening with Dahlias

  • Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton 93 East Main Street Hopkinton, MA (map)
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Someone once said that peonies are the “Show Girls” of the spring garden, but with Dahlias it’s all about late summer-early fall “Royalty”! This program will provide a brief history of the discovery of dahlias and their introduction into the American garden.  You will learn how to select dahlia tubers, where to plant, how to water, and fertilize.  To stake or not to stake, to dig or not to dig – these are the questions!  If you dig tubers, how to store, overwinter, and then how to wake them up and perhaps make cuttings.  This will be followed by a brief discussion of American Dahlia Society Classification (ADS) and how to enter a Dahlia Show.

This Seminar is free.

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Grow a Meadow, Large or Small
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Grow a Meadow, Large or Small

  • Mosesian Center for the Arts 321 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA (map)
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A native meadow is an ecologically vibrant landscape, providing food and habitat to native pollinators and other wildlife. The deep, undisturbed roots of mature meadow plants capture and store carbon. Meadows rarely need visits from lawnmowers or leaf-blowers, thus reducing air pollution and neighborhood noise. But meadows are not simply lawns or perennial beds gone wild. Understanding why meadows are different is critical to success. Designer Kathy Connolly will lead this intensive seminar, covering everything from the definition of a meadow, to site selection and preparation, the relationship of grasses and flowering species, and useful maintenance protocols. Class enrollment includes Kathy’s extensive plant lists and design resources. This is a great course for anyone, from home gardeners to professional landscapers, looking to take a deep dive into the ins and outs of meadow-making.
 
Kathy Connolly is a landscape designer, writer, and teacher, who brings over 20 years of experience in creating and tending meadows. She works with a range of clients, from homeowners to state parks, to develop meadows and other naturalized plantings, and has taught workshops throughout New England. Kathy has a Master’s degree in landscape design from the Conway School.

$78 Member | $88 Non-Member

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MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series

  • Boston Nature Center 500 Walk Hill Street Mattapan, MA 02126 (map)
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WOODY PLANTS:

We’ll start by discussing the different types of woody plants, their architecture and growth habits, and how to plant them properly. We will also show you all the reasons you might want to prune your woody plants and how (and when) to prune them properly. We will also go over techniques and tools to make you a successful caretaker of your woody plants.

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Art in Bloom
Apr
27
to Apr 29

Art in Bloom

  • museum of fine arts boston ma (map)
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Celebrate the return of spring with Art in Bloom, the Museum’s annual festival of fine art and flowers.

Enjoy art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations. Daily events include tours of arrangements throughout the galleries; flower-arranging demonstrations; informal dining among European paintings at the Art in Bloom Café; and outdoor walking tours.

Art in Bloom launches with a Preview of freshly installed arrangements on Friday, April 26 from 3 to 10 pm. The popular Member Night is Saturday, April 27, and Community Day with children’s activities is Sunday, April 28.

Browse the MFA Art in Bloom Market and Garden Cart for unique gifts and treasures.

Special guest speaker Remco van Vliet demonstrates creative techniques for designing spectacular arrangements from classic to contemporary. Tickets and reservations for lecture, classes, and group tours go on sale February 28, 2019.

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Spring Herb Sale
May
3
to May 5

Spring Herb Sale

  • lyman estate greenhouses, 185 lyman street, waltham, ma (map)
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Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to Historic New England’s annual herb sale. Thousands of culinary, medicinal, and ornamental herbs are available, along with scented geraniums, herbal topiaries, pottery, and garden gifts. Get expert advice from our greenhouse staff. Historic New England members save 10% on purchases.

Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

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MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

MMGA Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series

  • Boston Nature Center 500 Walk Hill Street Mattapan, MA 02126 (map)
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NOMENCLATURE:

Many gardeners, even experienced ones, feel confused when botanical names are being bandied about. Botanical names serve several important purposes, and understanding them can tell you a lot about the plant you are working with. In this class we will show you how to understand a plant's botanical name, and discuss strategies for learning them over time. We'll explore botanical nomenclature (the way plant names are organized) in a manner that is accessible and easy to understand, so that you can feel confident the next time you find yourself face to face with a two part Latinate name!

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Sakonnet Garden Open Days
May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Sakonnet Garden Open Days

THE GARDEN IS OPEN FROM 9:00AM - 6PM

510 WEST MAIN ROAD, LITTLE COMPTON

R.I. 02837

PARKING IS ON THE STREET; ADMISSION 20$

WE WILL BE HAVING OUR USUAL PLANT VENDORS

ISSIMA ( FORMERLY OPUS ) NURSERY

AVANT GARDEN

RARE FIND NURSERY

BROKEN ARROW NURSERY

GARDEN VISION EPIMEDIUMS

BUNKER FARM PLANTS ( unusual annuals )


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Sakonnet Garden Open Days
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Sakonnet Garden Open Days

THE GARDEN IS OPEN FROM 9:00AM - 6PM

510 WEST MAIN ROAD, LITTLE COMPTON

R.I. 02837

PARKING IS ON THE STREET; ADMISSION 20$

WE WILL BE HAVING OUR USUAL PLANT VENDORS

ISSIMA ( FORMERLY OPUS ) NURSERY

AVANT GARDEN

RARE FIND NURSERY

BROKEN ARROW NURSERY

GARDEN VISION EPIMEDIUMS

BUNKER FARM PLANTS ( unusual annuals )


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Hosta and Perennial Sale
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Hosta and Perennial Sale

  • Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham MA (map)
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Plants of all shapes, sizes, and colors are available, including many new and hard-to-find varieties. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the right hostas for your garden. Historic New England members save 10% on purchases.

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Hosta and Perennial Sale
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Hosta and Perennial Sale

  • Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham MA (map)
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Plants of all shapes, sizes, and colors are available, including many new and hard-to-find varieties. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the right hostas for your garden. Historic New England members save 10% on purchases.

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Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival
Jul
12
to Jul 21

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival

Fifth Annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival: July 12-21, 2019 

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

SAVE THE DATE!

Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Opening Night Party at Cape Cod Beer
When: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Cape Cod Beer, 1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis
Join gardeners, nonprofits and organizers of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival at Cape Cod Beer for a celebratory opening night party. Come out and try Cape Cod Beer Hydrangea Cocktail. Free to attend. Open to public!  

Hydrangea University
When: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:00pm
Where: Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
Heritage Museums & Gardens and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society are pleased to partner to present the fourth annual Hydrangea University. 

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Hydrangea Festival Cocktail Trail - sponsored by Cape Cod Beer

Cool off from the heat of July while you are enjoying the gardens of 2019 Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival! Stop in at participating local restaurants along the Hydrangea Festival Cocktail Trail. Each location is serving their own Hydrangea-inspired cocktails that you can only try during the festival. Below you can find a list of all participating restaurants along with the signature Hydrangea cocktail that they will be serving. Stay tuned for 2019 participating locations!

 

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Arts On The Green: An Evening At Elm Bank
Aug
15
5:30 PM17:30

Arts On The Green: An Evening At Elm Bank

  • The Gardens at Elm Bank 900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02482 (map)
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Enjoy family art activities and garden tours

Free to all!

Bring a picnic, chairs, or blanket. Wine, beer, and other beverages will be sold. 

Wander the gardens, enjoy live music, and stroll through our art walk. Support local artists showcasing and selling their work throughout our grounds. For more information, or to be a showcased artist, contact Amy Rodrigues:
arodrigues@masshort.org
617-933-4934

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2019 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium
Sep
28
8:30 AM08:30

2019 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium

  • 30 Patten Rd, Westford, MA 01886 (map)
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For your reading pleasure as you dream "Symposium dreams," here's a bit of background on one of our exciting 2019 speakers:

Jacqueline van der Kloet's  
personal garden (4)

Since the earliest days of her career, Dutch garden designer and plant specialist Jacqueline van der Kloet has learned from experience, using her own garden to experiment. The Tea Garden ("De Theetuin" in Dutch), Jacqueline's personal display garden in Weesp, The Netherlands, showcases combinations of perennials and bulbs, framed by trees and shrubs. Her goal? To create balance, rhythm and her trademark, naturalistic "painterly effect" by carefully coordinating plants' colors, textures, habits, and bloom periods.

Recognized today as one of the premier bulb designers in the world, Jacqueline aspired as a teen to become an artist but was persuaded by family and friends to take a more practical (but still decidedly artistic) path: studying landscape design. In the early 1980s she opened her own design and landscape architecture business. And the rest is history 

In addition to dozens of noteworthy installations in Europe, Jacqueline has worked extensively in the U.S., designing gardens and/or providing plant schemes for venues such as Battery Park (New York) and The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park (Chicago), where she joined forces with renowned landscape designer and fellow Netherlander, Piet Oudolf. She also created a "Seasonal Walk" plant scheme for the New York Botanical Garden and worked with Martha Stewart to underplant Martha's linden allée using an assortment of 116,000 blue-flowering Dutch bulbs that bloom successively and multiply rapidly. 

Jacqueline has also Designer Jacqueline van der Kloet in the Colorblends show garden (4)    collaborated with U.S. wholesale flower bulb merchant Colorblends on the design and plant scheme for the Colorblends House and Spring Garden Tour in Bridgeport, CT, which is open annually to the public.

On the other side of the Atlantic, one of Jacqueline's best known installations is at storied Keukenhof gardens in Amsterdam, where she created seven "Gardens of Inspiration," a series of borders dubbed "flower ribbons," a Bridal Avenue, and a huge perennial border featuring only tulips.  


Keukenhof's Bridal Avenue 
in bloom in April (4)

Some sources credit Jacqueline with "saving the tulip" by contemporizing how it is used: not in big monochromatic blocks but rather as part of a larger composition, interplanted with perennials. She was also the first designer to use softrather than "screaming" colors in tulip displays. 

Her designs are simple and easy to execute, even for the home gardener with limited space. In a small border Jacqueline typically uses 3 varieties of bulbs; 7 in a large border. Her recommended bulb planting technique -- which she calls "sprinkling" -- involves mixing large and small varieties together in a wheel barrow and then lightly tossing handfuls of them to be planted where they fall.  

Jacqueline will be speaking at this year's Massachusetts Gardening Symposium on the subject of "Magical Mixes." She will start with a series of images detailing the experiments she has conducted in her own garden. From there she will lead us on a virtual tour of her other projects around the world. In addition to inspiration, Symposium attendees are sure to take away a wealth of practical advice! 

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Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Nov
2
to Nov 17

Fall Chrysanthemum Show

  • The Botanic Garden of Smith College, 16 College Lane, Northampton MA 01063 (map)
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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.

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.

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Vegetable Gardening: Tips for a Better Garden
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Vegetable Gardening: Tips for a Better Garden

  • memorial hall library, andover ma (map)
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The secret to a great garden is in the planning, none more so than the vegetable garden. If you start early and make choices wisely, you can enjoy a summer’s worth of vegetables with plenty left over for storing or sharing. Your vegetable garden can be a fun and healthy choice as you make the decisions about what to grow and how you want them grown.

Betty Sanders, a retired chemist, is a Master Gardener and nationally accredited flower show judge. She has studied gardening and gardened up and down the East Coast. She teaches at the USDA in Boston and lectures to gardening groups, corporations and environmental organizations.

A program of the Andover Seed Library Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of MHL.

Register online or by calling 978-623-8430.

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Reading the Winter Landscape
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Reading the Winter Landscape

Instructor: Meredith Gallogly. Manager of Programs, Grow Native

A woodland in winter may seem empty and inscrutable, with its leafless trees and shrubs melding into an indistinguishable mass. But the bareness of this landscape brings other subtler features into focus, and once you learn to see them, a dormant woodland will seem to burst with life. Join Meredith to practice reading the winter landscape, from understanding how evergreen plants cope with freezing weather to identifying woody plants from bark and buds. We will discuss how the change of seasons is intrinsic to the life cycles of plants and other organisms, and find lessons from these natural communities that will help us bring full-season ecological functionality and beauty to our designed landscapes and gardens.

$28 Member | $38 Non-Member

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Engaging the Climate Crisis: Living Hope-Filled Lives
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Engaging the Climate Crisis: Living Hope-Filled Lives

People are finding hope as they engage climate change by taking action. Climate activist, author and public theologian, Rev. Dr. Jim Antal will share insights from his work at the national level with folks ranging from President Jimmy Carter to Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. He will examine how we can accelerate the transition to clean energy through four approaches: reducing our consumption of fossil fuel, revoking the social license required by suppliers of fossil fuel, joining activists to pressure elected officials to change policy, and supporting various legal challenges to end our dependence on fossil fuel.

Antal serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. His book,CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD, was featured on Earth Day 2018 in the Chicago Tribune. From 2006-2018, he led the 350 UCC churches in Massachusetts as their Conference Minister and President. He is a graduate of Princeton University, Andover Newton Theological School, and Yale Divinity School, where he was Henri Nouwen‘s teaching assistant. In 2017, Yale Divinity School honored him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice.

An environmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970, in July 2017 Antal authored a resolution declaring a new moral era in opposition to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The national UCC Synod passed that resolution with a 97% supermajority. In July 2013 Antal wrote and championed the UCC’s resolution to divest from fossil fuel companies, the first of its kind in the country. In 2009 the Massachusetts Conference UCC became the first religious body in America to pass a resolution calling upon our elected leaders to commit to policies that will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below 350ppm. In August 2011, Antal joined 1,252 climate activists in an act of civil disobedience at the White House hoping to convince President Obama not to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. On Ash Wednesday in 2013, Antal joined Julian Bond, Bill McKibben and others as they cuffed their hands to the White House fence. In 2016 he and other faith leaders were arrested in Boston as they sought to block the construction of a new natural gas pipeline. Before leading the UCC in Massachusetts, Antal served as a local UCC pastor for 20 years in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Newton, Massachusetts. In the mid-80’s he served as Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (USA), an interfaith pacifist organization. He began his ministry as a chaplain and teacher at several schools, including Northfield Mount Hermon and Phillips Academy Andover.

A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Working to Educate for Climate Action Now (WECAN).

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North Andover Garden Club: Flowering Trees & Shrubs with Suzanne Mahler
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

North Andover Garden Club: Flowering Trees & Shrubs with Suzanne Mahler

  • St. Michael’s Paris Hall 196 Main Street, North Andover (map)
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Flowering Trees & Shrubs with Suzanne Mahler

Explore the splendor of flowering trees and shrubs with a look beyond their fleeting flowers to varieties that provide colorful foliage and fruits, attractive forms, and textural bark. Suzanne will introduce plants that offer a progression of bloom and multiple seasons of interest for a landscape that provides beauty year-round.

Open to all. $5 guest fee for non-members.

www.northandovergardenclub.com

northandovergardenclub@yahoo.com

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Spring Pruning Seminar
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Pruning Seminar

  • Weston Nurseries, 93 East Main Street Hopkinton, MA 01748 (map)
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A little trim can do wonders for the beauty and longevity of your trees and shrubs. Join the experts at Weston Nurseries and learn how to tend to the plants in your yard. We’ll show you what to prune, when to prune it, and what tools and techniques work best.

This seminar is FREE, but you must register online in advance.

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