Calendar of Events

Heather Holm

Evenings with Experts

Native Bees: Our Pollination Powerhouses

Heather Holm, Author, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide

When:

  • September 23 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway

CEUs Available: APLD (1.5 credits); LA CES (1.5 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (1.5 credits)

Free and open to all.

Native bees are the most important pollinators for our flowering plants, but are under threat from human activity. Heather Holm will teach us about the lives of common bee genera, and the vital relationships that they have with native plants— a powerful reminder that the salvation of one is inextricably linked to the proper stewardship of the other.

Native river birch trees just planted.

Traveling Talk

Native Trees: The Heart of Your Landscape

Claudia Thompson, Founder, Grow Native Massachusetts
Hosted by: Lynnfield Conservation Commission and Public Library

When:

  • September 24 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where: 1714 Meeting House, 617 Main Street, Lynnfield

Free and open to all.

Native trees are essential first ingredients in creating healthy landscapes. This program will focus on why they deserve to be widely planted and explore more than a dozen native tree species in detail — all of which are excellent choices for a variety of conditions. Come learn about their unique ecological contributions and adaptations, as well as their varying soil, moisture and horticultural requirements. Leave equipped and excited to add more of these essential plants to your gardens and streetscapes!

Kathy Connolly headshot.

Workshop

Grow a Meadow, Large or Small

Kathy Connolly , Speaking of Landscapes

When:

  • October 17 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Jennison Hall at Bentley University, Waltham

CEUs Available: APLD (2.75 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (pending)

Member $78/ Non-member $88/ Workshop Sponsor $150

Native meadows are ecologically vibrant—providing food and habitat to pollinators and other wildlife, stabilizing soil, and sequestering carbon in deep, complex root systems. Creating a meadow is very different from caring for a traditional perennial bed, and understanding how to steward a meadow is critical to success. Join Kathy Connolly for a deep dive into meadow-making, including site preparation techniques, plant selection, and long-term maintenance.

Dan Jaffe.

Evenings with Experts

Designing with Plant Communities

Dan Jaffe, Horticulturist, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

When:

  • October 21 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway

CEUs Available: APLD (1.5 credits); LA CES (1.5 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (1.5 credits)

Free and open to all.

All too often, during the design process, we think of plants on an individual or species basis, not considering the intricate ways that plants in the landscape interact with one another. Learn how to create planting plans based on systems more than individuals, with a focus on resilient plant communities appropriate to site conditions, and resulting in landscapes that are ecologically vibrant.

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Traveling Talk

Why Native Plant Landscapes Matter to You

Claudia Thompson, Founder, Grow Native Massachusetts
Hosted by: Wayland Garden Club

When:

  • October 27 | 10:00 - 11:30am

Where: Trinitarian Congregational Church, 53 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA

Free and open to all.

Native plants are increasingly recognized as important to gardens and landscapes, but why? Claudia will give us an overview of their essential role in ecosystem health. Then she takes us on a tour of her garden as a case study, showing how it supports life for more than 80 species of birds and promotes biodiversity overall.