Join your friends and neighbors at the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a free day of outdoor enjoyment! This free mid-day event is the perfect low-key introduction to the Stevens-Coolidge gardens, including assorted lawn games, a variety of paths through the gardens to see what spring has sprung, and several tables set up for communal picnicking.
We had such a great reaction to last year's program "The Role of the Honeybee in Our Environment" that we decided to offer another bee based program. This time, gardening guru Andi Ross will present her new program, "To Bee or Not to Bee." Landscaping to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects as well as birds and butterflies is not only trendy, its critical to our own survival. This lecture will explore what plants will attract beneficial wildlife to your gardens with slides of glorious gardens filled with wildlife.
The fourth annual Grow Spring! Expo, a celebration of local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation, returns to Topsfield on March 18, 10 AM - 3 PM. Held at the Emerson Center, the Gould Barn, and The Commons, this year’s event is sponsored by the Topsfield Garden Club, the Topsfield Historical Society, The Commons, The Congregational Church of Topsfield and the Essex Agricultural Society.
Join the The Trustees of Reservations for a fun early-Spring gardening session for kid ages 6-9! Introduced with a reading of First Peas to the Table: How Thomas Jefferson Inspired a School Garden by Susan Grigsby, this fun gardening workshop for kids will teach your child about planting and maintaining a pea plant. Your child will get to plant their own pea seeds, decorate their pea pot, learn how to care for their plant, and create a journal to monitor their plant’s growth just like the students in the story.
Explore and discover as we look for and learn all about Lady's Slippers - unique, delicate orchids, found among our rocky and woody Ravenswood landscape. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Meet at Ravenswood parking area.
Bring a plant and get a plant or just get a great deal for new color in your garden next year! Now is the perfect time to dig and divide. Change your gardent this year for free! The first 50 attendees will recieve a free coneflower plant! PRoceeds from tyhe sale will be used to maintain the public planting areas in Gloucester! This sale is organized by Generous Gardeners Inc., a unique North Shore Business that promotes philanthropy through gardening – check them out to swap or donate plants online!
House of Seven Gables hosts a Trails & Sails 2017 tour that focuses on the gardens and how they change seasonally! Join The House of the Seven Gables for a fabulous talk by Robyn Kanter to learn about The Gables' historic garden. Robyn Kanter, of Kanter Design Associates, worked under Dan Foley, landscape architect and horticulturist, when he relandscaped the Gables' garden and has remained true to its vision. She will tell the story of a garden that is one of the oldest on the North Shore, and arguably one of the oldest anywhere that has remained virtually unchanged by time and fashion.
Get your hands dirty while learning about plants and mini habitats in this terrarium workshop. A member of the Niche Urban Garden Supply team will be on hand to guide you through the process as you design a one-of-a-kind terrarium to take home. Come early or stay late to enjoy the exhibition Sizing it Up: Scale in Nature and Art, where you can also check out Vaughn Bell’s mega-terrarium -- Metropolis before the exhibition closes on September 19th.
Come get hands-on experience planting seeds and seedlings to grow this summer. Also, learn about the value of composting for our planet! This workshop is free but pre-registration is required for materials planning.
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