March 01, 2008

Welcome to the 2007-2008 edition of
New England Garden Events!

There's really no such thing as down time for gardeners, at least in New England; not even in the middle of winter. In fact, there are so many great gardening events in the region, we thought it would be helpful to list them all in one place.

We'd like to thank all the wonderful people who have contributed to the list. Please let us know if we've missed anything, we love to hear from you. To contact us, just leave a comment below.

Thanks for visiting us!
- the NewEnglandGardenEvents team

April 2008

April 5, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Hyannis, MA

Cape Cod Horticultural Conference

Talks include: Ken Druse, Gardening in the Shade; C.L. Fornari, Myths, Lies, and All The Latest Dirt; Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd,Design For Home Gardens. Cost: $45.00 - lunch included with advance registration by March 17th.
More information is available from the
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

December 10, 2007

November 07

November 17, Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, GITW, Framingham, MA.
Understanding Botanical and Horticultural Names
Judith Sumner, Plant Taxonomist, Author, and Educator
Workshop on plant nomenclature; common names, binomial scientific names, and the history of nomenclature since Linnaeus. Learn the current rules of nomenclature, why and how plant names sometimes change. Fee and pre-registration.

November 23-December 30, Tower Hill, Boylston, MA.
Annual Holly Days Celebration
See for more information.

November 24, Saturday, 11:30-3 PM, Tower Hill, Boylston, MA.
Holiday Crafts with Karen Probst Birch Goose Sculpture, Boxwood Tree Workshop. Preregistration required, see

November 25, Sunday, 11:30-3 PM, Tower Hill, Boylston, MA.
Holiday Crafts with Karen Probst Gardener’s Wreath I & II. Preregistration required, see

November 25, Sunday, 1 PM, Arnold Arboretum, Boston,MA.
Free Walking Tour
Guided tour led by knowledgeable volunteer docents. Tours are geared toward the general visitor and include Arboretum history and topics of seasonal interest.
No fee, no registration.

November 26, Monday, 6:30–8:30 PM, GITW, Framingham, MA.
Family Program: Full Moon Night Hike.
Fee. Preregister at See

November 29, Thursday, 5:30 PM, Cambridge, MA.
Landscape Institute Information Session
Learn about the academic programs offered by the Landscape Institute. Faculty will discuss their courses and experience. Talk with faculty, certificate candidates, graduates, and staff.

November 30, Friday, 10 AM, Cambridge, MA.
Landscape Institute Information Session
See November 29 event for more information.

November 01, 2007

December 2007

December 1, Saturday, 1–4 p.m., GITW, Framingham, MA.
Identifying Herbaceous Plants in Late Fall,
Join Frances Clark for a classroom- and field-based opportunity to learn some of the weeds and native herbaceous species growing in disturbed habitats, fields, and woodland edges. While learning identification features, we’ll also examine seed dispersal mechanisms. Valuable class for those who are doing fall or winter plant inventories, or for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and wants to learn which plants can be identified at this time. Fee. See

December 1, Saturday, 9 a.m. - Noon
Bio-control in the Garden: New Research and Techniques
Lisa Tewksbury, Manager, Biological Control Laboratories, University of Rhode Island and Bruce Wenning, Land Stewardship Manager for Land's Sake, Inc. Fee. See

December 1, Saturday, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Gardener's Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT
Bring Greens Beyond Your Front Door
Kristin Thomas leads a hands-on workshop featuring some fresh and innovative ideas for decorating with evergreens.
Free. Pre-registration requested. Details at
Gardener's Supply Seminars and Events

December 2, Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m. GITW, Framingham, MA
Inside Look at the Flora of the NE,
Lecture with botanist Dennis Magee; learn about the newly released Flora of the Northeast (2nd edition). Dennis will share some good stories and describe some of the strengths and shortcomings of this new resource for New England plant enthusiasts. Free. See

December 2, Sunday, 1:00 -4:00 p.m. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
Sampling the Conifers: Part 2 - Cupressaceae ,
This field session will familiarize you with some of the conifer families and the identifying characteristics of the most commonly seen species in the family Cupressaceae, including Juniper, Arborvitae, Cypress, and Falsecypress, and in some of the smaller families (Taxaceae, Sciadopityaceae). Studying plants in the Arboretum's conifer collection will enable you to see the different species up close and to compare their growth habits, needle presentation, cones, and bark. Bring a clipboard, pen, and paper for taking notes, and dress for the outdoors. Fee. See

December 3 - January 25, Landscape Institute, Cambridge, MA,
The Grand Tour of Italy Exhibition
Featuring works on paper created during the Landscape Institute's fall tour of Italian gardens, at 29 Garden Street, Cambridge. Opening reception on December 5 at 5:00pm. The exhibition is free, but please RSVP by December 2. See Landscape Institute web site for details.

December 4, Tuesday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Arnold Arboretum,
Bobolinks, Birdhouses, and Breeding Birds-Oh My!
Robert Mayer, Arnold Arboretum Docent, will give an overview of some of the breeding birds in the park and specifically report on the status of the bobolink and birdhouse projects.
Free, but registration is requested. See

December 5, Wednesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Gardener's Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT
Capture the Beauty of Your Garden Through Photography
Amalia Veralli presents basic photography techniques with a focus on capturing the texture and form of your favorite garden treasures.
Free. Pre-registration requested. Details at
Gardener's Supply Seminars and Events

December 16, Sunday,11:00 a.m. - Noon, Dover, MA.
Four Seasons in a Dreamer's Garden(Session 2 of 4).
Join garden designer Kevin Doyle on four seasonal visits to his exquisite sculpture garden, Cairn Croft, in Dover. Students will explore the seasonal transformations and unique planting schemes that give the garden harmony and drama. Discussion will include elements of architecture, hardscape, water, creativity, and imagination.
Next classes: May 21 and July 16.
Fee. See

January 2008

January 11, Friday, 6 PM, Seacrest Resort and Conference Center, Falmouth, MA
Dine Among the Orchids
Preview Dinner Party for CAIOS Show (see January 12 & 13 below). The speaker will be Ronald Burch, from The Gardens at Post Hill, with a visual presentation on growing native cypripediums in your garden. Limited seating. Call Joyce at 508-758-2888 for more information or to make reservations.

January 12 & 13, Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM, Seacrest Resort and Conference Center, Falmouth, MA
Cape Cod and Islands Orchid Society Annual Show
This year's theme is Victoriana.
Admission fee. See

January 15, Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Introduction to Residential Garden Design
David McCoy leads a class in basic landscape design with an emphasis on creating a sense of space incorporating the unique qualities of the site. Students should come with a project in mind. This 6 week session continues Tuesdays through February 19.
Fee. See

January 23, Wednesday, 9 AM - Noon, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Fluid Imagination: Water in the Garden
Thinking of adding a water feature to your garden? Warren Leach will examine the aesthetic aspects of both visual effect and sound, and provide practical information on installation.
Fee. See

January 23, Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Whatchamacallit: Names and Order in the Plant Kingdom
Botanical names of plants may at first seem indecipherable. Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, will explain the structure of the plant family tree and give insights to the "interpersonal" relationships that make the plant world so interesting.
Fee. See

January 28, Monday, 1 - 3 PM, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Lighting the Garden
First of a 3 session workshop (also February 4 and 11). Lighting specialist Dan McAllister, owner of Nite Image, will discuss how to add subtle or dramatic beauty to the landscape as well as covering planning and implementation of a lighting design.
Fee. See

January 31, Thursday, 7 - 8:30 PM, MHS Elm Bank Horticulture Center, Wellesley, MA
The Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web
In this talk on how soil microbes work, Jeff Lowenfels, the “Al Gore of Gardening,” will explain the science of why chemicals and gardening don’t mix with details for practical and natural practices that actually save time and work.
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