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June 2019

Class: Why Mulch When You Can Plant

June 6 @ 9:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Mulch can help control weeds, prevent soil erosion, and maintain soil nutrients. Yet for every advantage that mulch offers, well-chosen plants are even more effective! From groundcovers to larger mat-forming species, there is a plant for every mulch scenario. Join Dan Jaffe, photographer and author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, to learn about the myriad of plants that can take the place of mulch on your landscape. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Dan Jaffe is…

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Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

June 17 @ 8:30 am EDT - June 21 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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Full Week Class - Learn Stormwater Solutions What is NGICP Certification? Initiated under the leadership of DC Water and the Water Environment Federation, the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) sets national certification standards for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. Designed to meet international best-practice standards, the certification advances the establishment of sustainable communities by promoting GI as an environmentally and economically beneficial stormwater management option, supporting the development of proficient green work-forces, and establishing a career…

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July 2019

Class: GROWING FERNS FROM SPORE

July 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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Join us and learn easy methods for growing ferns from spores for your home! This class covers the morphology, life cycle, and vegetative propagation of ferns. You will also learn spore collection and storage techniques, and tips on how to identify when spores are ripe. Before you know it, you’ll have your own sporophytes! Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Leslie Duthie is a horticulturalist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary. She has dedicated her career to learning about, gardening with,…

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Class: LAWN ALTERNATIVES

July 12 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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While many American homeowners cling to the nostalgia of lawn, the high maintenance requirements and low ecological value should make non-native monocultures the last choice on your list! Join Dan Jaffe, photographer and author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, to learn about the various options available to replace your turf, from well-known plants to brand new introductions. Dan will share tips on transforming large areas of lawn into lush groundcover plantings. Dan will discuss native plant options and…

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Class: THINKING BIG – INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

July 30 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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Photo Courtesy Robin Wilkerson Landscape ecology is the science of understanding the interaction of ecological processes on a multitude of scales and spatial patterns, with an aim at improving and supporting these systems for a healthy environment. In this intro class, we explore the principles of landscape ecology, examine case studies, and take a brief field walk to orient ourselves to thinking BIG! Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Alexis Doshas, Propagator and Facilities Coordinator, Nasami Farm, New…

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August 2019

Class: ESTABLISHING A MEADOW

August 3 @ 10:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Meadows are now one of the more popular native garden types for homeowner landscapes, yet many people remain baffled by how to create one with long-lasting beauty that won't quickly become overrun by weeds. Using the Old Meadow at Garden in the Woods as an example, Anna Fialkoff, staff Horticulturalist, discusses the first three years of establishing a meadow including design concepts, plant selection, installation, management, pitfalls, and surprising insights gained along the way. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower…

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Class: SEED SAVING

August 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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Seed saving brings tremendous benefits to the willing gardener. Learn how seeds develop, stay dormant, and germinate. This hands-on workshop covers harvesting, cleaning, and storing a wide spectrum of native seeds. Spend time in the field observing and collecting seeds, then practice cleaning. Take your seeds home at the end of class. Bring a lunch and dress appropriately for the field. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Kate Stafford, is a horticulturalist and Nursery Operations Manager and Propagator…

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