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March 2019

Class: RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT PLACE: INTRODUCTION TO CHOOSING NATIVE PLANTS

March 21 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$26 - $32 Sold out

Join plant specialist, Alexis Doshas, for an information-packed discussion of native plant selection, site assessment, and methods for choosing the right plant for the right place. Native plants offer a higher rate of success, as these plants are well-suited for the Northeastern climate, soil conditions, and environment. They require less maintenance and fertilizer, and permit more time to enjoy the garden. Native plants also support a healthy ecosystem, including pollinators and birds. Instructor: Alexis Doshas, Fee: $26 (Member)/$32 (Nonmember) Limit:…

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April 2019

Class: SUSTAINABLE SITE DESIGN

April 3 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$73 - $88 10 tickets left

Delve into the fundamentals of sustainable landscape design. This seminar explores the fundamentals of integrating buildings within landscapes and reducing maintenance needs through landscape design. Photo Courtesy Thomas Berger Come investigate sustainable design strategies that address the ecological, water, energy, and food systems. Topics include design principles and process, native plant community restoration and maintenance.  Finish with a short design assignment. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Tom Benjamin is an independent registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional…

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Class: SHADE GARDENS: EMBRACING THE DARK SIDE

April 12 @ 9:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Creating lush and vibrant gardens in the shade tends to frustrate even the best gardeners.  How do we infuse more color, adventure and intrigue into those spaces?  The mood, plants, and conditions act as our guide. This workshop blends site-specific assessment, design strategies and plant options to help enliven our imagination.  Bring your project to participate in a flash design collaboration. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Cheryl Salatino is a Landscape Designer, with a Certificate in Landscape…

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Class: TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HEALTHY SEEDLING STARTS

April 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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Healthy plants and gardens begin with healthy seedlings. Come learn some basic yet critical propagation techniques for successful seedling starts! We begin with a brief overview of propagation terminology and science and continue in the greenhouse with hands-on demonstrations and experience. Plan to get your hands dirty and leave with some healthy native seedling starts! Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Alexis Doshas, Propagator and Facilities Coordinator, Nasami Farm, New England Wild Flower Society. Class Fee: $40 (Member)  …

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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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Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

June 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Public and Private Native Plant Gardens, Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map

From paths and pocket gardens to borders and backyards, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided and homeowner-guided tours of public and private gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices. These ELA Eco-tours will: Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants. Educate attendees about the increasing options and applications for native plants. Demonstrate that native plant gardens can be beautiful as…

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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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