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Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
508-877-7630, ext. 3303 http://www.newenglandwild.org/

September 2015

Native New England Shrubs

September 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - September 24, 2015 @ 8:45 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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Native New England Shrubs Shrubs vary widely in size, shape, color, bark, flower, and fruit. This course will introduce you to almost fifty species of native New England shrubs, emphasizing plant identification, family characteristics, and historical plant uses. Bring a hand lens. Weekend sessions are held in off-site locations; directions will be provided during the first class.   Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24, 6:30-8:45 p.m.; Saturdays, September 12, 19, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, and field…

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Certificate Orientation

September 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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Free

Join Jessica Pederson, Director of Public Programs for New England Wild Flower Society, and certificate program graduates to learn about the curriculum and structure of the Society’s Certificate in Native Plant Studies programs. Everyone is welcome at this free presentation. Preregistration is requested, but not required. Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-8 p.m. Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 Fee: Free Program Code: CER8000 To register, go to: http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/our-programs/certificate-orientation For questions or registration help: Contact the Public Programs…

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October 2015

Measuring Soil Health and Managing Site Challenges in an Urban Landscape

October 3, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$104

This hands-on, indoor/outdoor workshop introduces the concept of the soil health assessment and the implementation of soil health indicators for evaluating the biological, chemical, and physical attributes of soil as they pertain to the constraints of a site. Use of these soil health indicators will help landscape architects, garden designers, arborists, and landscape professionals deter- mine the appropriate products, tools, equipment, and techniques needed to correct soil constraints and to develop a seasonal maintenance plan for a newly installed land-…

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Sustainable Wild Foraging

October 4, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$64

Whether you are preparing for the zombie apocalypse or simply enjoy nibbling while hiking, join Dan Jaffe for a rundown on the wild foods you can find in the woodlands and meadows of New England. Issues of sustainability, time of harvest, preparation, and recipes will be covered. Bring a bag lunch. Sunday, October 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, and field sites Program Code: HOR5016 Instructor: Dan Jaffe, Propagator and Stock Bed Grower, New England Wild…

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From Tree to Table

October 10, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$64

The acorn has been an important staple for aboriginal people across North America for thousands of years. The people of each region had their preferred species and methods of collecting, storing, and processing this fruit of the oak tree. In this class, you will learn primitive and contemporary methods for gathering and preparing acorns. At the end of class, we will enjoy freshly-cooked acorn-flour pancakes. Saturday, October 10, 12-4 p.m. Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road Framingham, MA 01701…

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Invasive Plants: Identification, Documentation, and Control

October 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - October 17, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$145

What’s all the fuss? Botanists, ecologists, horticulturists, and conservation professionals are united in their concern about invasive plants, but there is still some confusion about what they are and what to do about them. In this class, you will learn about the basic ecological problems created by these aggressive species and the complicated issues involved in controlling them. You will learn to identify some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens, and short local field visits. Bring…

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Climate Change and Assisted Migration: Ultimate Solution or Bad Idea?

October 25, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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Free

The climate is warming, and some plant species may not be able to survive under future conditions. Should we move plant species to cooler climates to avoid their demise? If so, which species? What are the potential consequences? Are there other options? This lecture is part of our annual Certificate Awards ceremony. At the conclusion of the lecture, certificates will be awarded to new graduates of our certificate programs in Native Plant Studies. Refreshments will follow. Sunday, October 25, 1:30-3:30…

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November 2015

Bringing Home the Forest

November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$64

Have you ever stopped to admire the thick moss covering an old stump in the woods, or relaxed next to a trickling stream? From the lush growth of Pennsylvania sedge to the fragrance of hay-scented fern, the rich vegetation of New England forests inspires us in innumerable ways. Now you can learn how to incorporate elements of the forest into your own home garden. Emphasis will be placed on choosing low-maintenance plants with great ecological value. Bring a bag lunch.…

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Horticultural Techniques

November 10, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until November 24, 2015

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$272

Good horticultural practices form the backbone of any successful garden. Understanding how to apply these practices is the first step toward becoming a horticulturist. Learn how to select the right plant for the right place and how to plant and care for native plants. Students will learn the proper techniques for transplanting, soil preparation, mulching, watering, pruning, maintenance, winterizing the garden, and preparing it for spring. Bring a bag lunch. Tuesdays, November 10, 17, 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Garden in…

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Native Arrangements

November 13, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$36

Join Anna Fialkoff in using plant materials gathered from Garden in the Woods to create a beautiful arrangement for your home or a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. First, we will hike into the Garden to learn best practices for collecting plant materials, and then we’ll head back to the classroom to create a unique display piece. Bring pruners and a container or vase for your arrangement. Friday, November 13, 1-3 p.m. Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA Program Code:…

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January 2016

Winter Warm Up

January 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$16

Come explore Garden in the Woods by snowshoe! Learn about winter tree identification, gardening, wildlife, and more. Heat up your cold bones on a snowshoe tour of Garden in the Woods while learning about the Garden’s fascinating history and finest winter plants. After the tour, we will gather around the Fire Ball in the center of the Idea Garden and warm up with hot cocoa, tea, and treats. Please bring your own snowshoes and dress for the weather.   Program…

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The World of Plant Genetics

January 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - January 20, 2016 @ 8:30 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$96

From mutations to transposons and hybridization to polyploidy, plants have fascinating genetic qualities that allow them to survive and thrive on this planet. This course will begin with a short talk on the basics of genetic theory, and then we will delve into how these genetic qualities play out in plant form and function. No experience in genetics necessary!   Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road Framingham, MA  01701   Program Code:…

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The Winter Garden

January 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$16

Come explore Garden in the Woods by snowshoe!   Learn about winter tree identification, gardening, wildlife, and more. In winter, Garden in the Woods takes on an entirely different look, so come experience it on snowshoes. With the leaves off the shrubs and trees, their form and structure stand out, and the light playing through bare branches makes beautiful patterns on the forest floor. Learn tips for extending garden interest throughout the seasons. Please bring your own snowshoes and dress…

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Conservation Biology

January 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$300

In this introduction to conservation biology and biodiversity, you will learn what makes a species vulnerable to extinction and what strategies and tools can be used to protect species and ecosystems. Readings, group exercises, and video clips will be used to explore the interdisciplinary nature of conservation biology. Participants will receive a bibliography of resources for further study. Bring a bag lunch. Sundays, January 17, 24, 31, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Snow date: February 6) Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway…

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Winter Warm Up

January 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$16

Come and explore Garden in the Woods by snowshoe! Learn about winter tree identification, gardening, wildlife, and more. Heat up your cold bones on a snowshoe tour of Garden in the Woods while learning about the Garden’s fascinating history and finest winter plants. After the tour, we will gather around the Fire Ball in the center of the Idea Garden and warm up with hot cocoa, tea, and treats. Please bring your own snowshoes and dress for the weather.  …

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Winter Botany

January 30, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$96

Join us as we investigate the taxonomic characteristics of deciduous, evergreen, and some herbaceous plants in winter. Learn to use a dichotomous key and then identify a large inventory of twig and plant specimens. After lunch, we will head out into the Garden. Bring a bag lunch, a hand lens, and a copy of Fruit Key and Twig Key to Trees and Shrubs by William M. Harlow. Take home plant specimens.   Program Code: BOT3317 Instructor: William E. Kuriger, Ph.D.,…

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February 2016

Wetland Shrubs in Winter

February 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$64

Learn to identify wetland shrubs using branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, persistent fruits, galls, and marcescent leaves. Garden in the Woods provides an excellent field site for study. We will begin with a short session indoors, then head into the Garden for a close look at almost twenty native New England shrubs that grow in and around wetlands. Bring a bag lunch and a hand lens if you have one, and dress for the weather.   Wednesday, February…

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Residential Landscape Design

February 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$254

This multi-session course, appropriate for beginners, tackles the different aspects of the landscape design process. Workshop sessions will focus on design methods using site analysis techniques and schematic design tools. You will consult with the instructor and work on a project of your own choosing. Discussions about plants and habitat will be interspersed with lectures on design principles, including criteria for making plant choices and determining placement in the landscape. A list of required materials will be provided at the…

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Understanding and Managing Soils

February 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 24, 2016

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$163

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, this class will help you develop a better understanding of the importance of soil to your garden. Learn how to evaluate and improve your garden’s soil, how to choose the right plants for your soil conditions, and how to maintain soil health and fertility through organic practices. Bring a bag lunch. Wednesdays, February 10, 17, 24, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road Framingham, MA 01701…

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Winter World Exploration

February 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$16

Come and explore Garden in the Woods by snowshoe! Learn about winter tree identification, gardening, wildlife, and more. Take a vacation from hibernation with a child-focused snowshoe walk through Garden in the Woods. Experience the beauty of New England while learning to read wildlife cues such as animal tracks, bird calls, and tree silhouettes. We will conclude our journey by gathering around the Fire Ball in the center of the Idea Garden to thaw our paws and drink hot cocoa.…

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Fire on the New England Landscape

February 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$40

Fire has shaped the landscape of New England for thousands of years. In the last several decades, professionals have increasingly used prescribed fires, ignited to meet specific objectives, as a land management tool. Learn about the history of fire ecology in New England, what prescribed fire is, why it’s used, and how can it be implemented safely. Program Code: BOT1102 Instructor: Joel R. Carlson, Principal Consultant and Owner, Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC Fee: $33 (Member) /$40 (Nonmember) Limit:…

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Frozen Flora

February 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$16

Come explore Garden in the Woods by snowshoe! Endure the freeze with ease as we snowshoe through the Garden. This trek offers an up-close look at New England’s native trees and herbaceous plants. In the absence of the blazing blooms of summer color, you will appreciate the quiet beauty of buds, bark, and pods all the more. Please bring your own snowshoes and dress for the weather. Program Code: FDT1608 Instructor: Michael R. Piantedosi, NEPCoP/Seed Bank Coordinator, New England Wild…

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March 2016

Tips for Working with Landscape Contractors for Ecologically-Sound Installations

March 2, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$33

As designers, you have probably experienced “dream projects” and a few “nightmare projects” as well. Often the difference between the two is effective communication – or the lack of it – between the designer and the landscape contractor. With adequate planning and careful communication, challenges are addressed in a timely and cost-effective manner and other problems are avoided altogether. Join our panel of landscape professionals for an enlightening discussion on how to improve communications with landscape contractors. By developing effective…

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Introduction to Prescribed Fire

March 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$69

Prescribed fire, when planned for and implemented properly, is an effective land management, restoration, and maintenance tool. Participants will receive an overview of: the resources available for assessing the benefits of prescribed fire; considerations for safe and responsible implementation of a prescribed burn; and guidelines on what to expect leading up to, during, and following a burn day. Participants are encouraged to bring information on a site where they are considering a prescribed fire. This course is designed as an…

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Transforming Your Yard into Habitat

March 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$32

Learn what you can do to support pollinators and other wildlife in your yard to counteract increased pressures from habitat loss. This class will encourage thinking about a garden from an ecological biodiversity perspective, as Daphne Minner shares practical advice gleaned from the transformation of her urban yard into productive habitat. Program Code: HOR2011 Instructor: Daphne Minner Fee: $26 (Member) / $32 (Nonmember) Limit: 20 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv. HD CEU: 2 AOLCP; MCLP To register, go to: http://newenglandwild.org/learn/our-programs/transforming-your-yard-into-habitat For questions…

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Kill Your Lawn

March 13, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$91

According to NASA, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings. Bring a bag lunch. Program Code: HOR4102 Instructor: Mark Richardson Fee: $75 (Member) / $91 (Nonmember) Limit: 30 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv. HD CEU: 4 AOLCP; MCLP; .5…

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Plants 101: Introduction to the Green World

March 14, 2016 @ 12:05 am - April 8, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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Free

As our first step toward making the Society’s rich educational programming available to you wherever you are, we are delighted to introduce one of three pilot online courses. Join us as we explore New England's plant life. In this online and field course you will learn what plants are, how they function, and why they are essential to all life on earth. You’ll also discover many of the region’s native and non-native plants. This course includes four self-paced online modules…

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Wetland Shrubs in Winter

March 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$64

Learn to identify wetland shrubs using branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, persistent fruits, galls, and marcescent leaves. Garden in the Woods provides an excellent field site for study. We will begin with a short session indoors, then head into the Garden for a close look at almost twenty native New England shrubs that grow in and around wetlands. Bring a bag lunch and a hand lens if you have one, and dress for the weather. Program Code: WET3020…

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Measuring Soil Health and Managing Site Challenges in an Urban Landscape

March 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$104

This hands-on, indoor/outdoor workshop introduces the concept of the soil health assessment and the implementation of soil health indicators for evaluating the biological, chemical, and physical attributes of soil as they pertain to the constraints of a site. Use of these soil health indicators will help landscape architects, garden designers, arborists, and landscape professionals determine the appropriate products, tools, equipment, and techniques needed to correct soil constraints and to develop a seasonal maintenance plan for a newly installed landscape, from…

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Spring Equinox Frolic

March 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$14

Spring arrives with the equinox on March 20. The weather continues to moderate, the first flowers begin to poke their heads above ground and the days get longer. Come celebrate this joyous event with poetry, stories, and lore. We’ll learn why the seasons occur and why day-length changes from season to season. Then we will go outside for a walk to look for signs of spring. Preregistration and payment are required for each adult and child. All family programs are…

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Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Early Season

March 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$182

Discover numerous native perennials suit- able for New England gardens. We’ll look at native herbaceous plants that bloom in spring and early summer, focusing on how to use them effectively to create beautiful landscapes and gardens. Be prepared to walk in the Garden each day. This class is appropriate for landscape professionals and avid home gardeners. It is a companion to Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Late Season, but can be taken separately.   Thursdays, April 28, May 12, June 9,…

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April 2016

Salamander Celebration

April 3, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$14

Join our annual celebration of this shy and beautiful woodland creature and its amphibian cousins that call Garden in the Woods – and perhaps your own backyard –home. You will walk the trails and examine our vernal pools for salamanders and wood frogs and their egg masses. The class will conclude with a salamander craft and an origami jumping-frog contest. Preregistration and payment are required for each adult and child. All family programs are for children with adult companions.  …

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Wildflowers of Massachusetts

April 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$16

Join botanist Ted Elliman for a look at the region’s flora as described in his new book Wildflowers of New England. Published by Timber Press in partnership with New England Wild Flower Society, this comprehensive illustrated guide describes more than 1,000 of New England's native and naturalized wildflowers. Come along as Ted travels throughout New England discussing each state’s natural communities, showing images of common and rare plants and highlighting species of note in each state. Books will be available…

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Willows

April 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$75

This class will introduce you to the fascinating willow family and help you recognize and identify local and alien species in spring. After a class discussion that will include a slide show and demonstration of live material, we will visit a field site nearby and observe a few willow species. Bring a hand lens and waterproof footwear.   Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA and nearby field site   Program Code: PDW3350 Instructors: Alexei Zinoviev and Irina Kadis Fee:…

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Wildflowers of New England

April 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$170

New to the world of native plants? There’s no better way to study our regional flora than in the field. In this class, we will learn to identify New England’s native flora by studying their habitats at Garden in the Woods. We will examine family characteristics, growth patterns, and key identification features of flowers, leaves, and stems. Bring a hand lens and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.   There is a second Wildflowers of New England class which begins on 4/27/16.  …

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Wildflowers of New England

April 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$170

New to the world of native plants? There’s no better way to study our regional flora than in the field. In this class, we will learn to identify New England’s native flora by studying their habitats at Garden in the Woods. We will examine family characteristics, growth patterns, and key identification features of flowers, leaves, and stems. Bring a hand lens and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.   There is a second Wildflowers of New England class which begins on 4/26/16.  …

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Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway

April 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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$12

Come to this fun-filled, family-friendly day to celebrate native trees. There will be children’s activities and games, interactive art projects, guided tours, tree-climbing demonstrations, an arborist truck on display, workshops on planting and pruning trees, and a native plant sale. We will give away 500 trees, including one for every visitor who joins us for the celebration. Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.   Fee: Free with Cost of garden admission: Admission  $12 Adults (18-64) $9 Seniors…

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May 2016

Placemakers Lecture

May 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$20

The annual Placemakers Lecture highlights individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to reimagine and reinvent public spaces as public gardens and parks. This year we are showcasing the Friends of the Rail Park, a nonprofit organization working to repurpose a three-mile former rail line as public open space running through the heart of the Philadelphia. Spanning more than fifty blocks above and below street level, the Rail Park will traverse several diverse neighborhoods and link some of…

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Trillium Week

May 9, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States

In 2013 the Garden’s Trillium Collection was recognized as a Nationally Accredited Plant Collection by the American Public Gardens Association’s Plant Collections Network. This year, please join us in celebrating the beauty and variety of trilliums during a week-long affair at Garden in the Woods. Take a Trillium Tour with our horticultural experts; join us for a lecture by William Cullina, Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; and attend one of our trillium demonstrations. Or simply stroll through the…

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Understanding Trilliums

May 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$20

Among our most beloved wildflowers, trilliums trace their lineage back 60 million years to the great temperate forests that once circled the globe, and these photogenic woodlanders possess a certain refinement and unhurried approach to life that can only come with age. Of the 48 species in the world, a full 75 percent occur only in the forests of eastern North America. Join William Cullina for a tour of the genus Trillium, illustrated with gorgeous photographs and exploring the evolution,…

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Vernal Pools are Cool

May 21, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$12 – $14

Join us as we explore vernal pools. These mysterious springtime pools often come and go without much notice, but they are an important habitat for many creatures. Come learn why vernal pools are so special and why some animals' lives depend on them. We’ll venture out into the woods to examine a vernal pool firsthand, and then use microscopes to observe some of its smallest residents, like fairy shrimp, which live their entire lives in about one week. Preregistration and…

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Designing Gardens for Small Spaces

May 31, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$120 – $144

Small garden spaces often present the designer with the challenge of how to realize big ideas in tight quarters. Yet small sites don’t mean the garden must lack interest. This hands-on design workshop will tackle the garden as a composition by exploring enclosed space, lighting, plant characteristics, and personal expression. We will visit Cambridge gardens to inspire your designs.   Tuesdays, May 31 and June 14, 6:30-9 p.m.; Sunday June 5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham,…

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June 2016

Native New England Shrubs

June 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$200 – $250

Shrubs vary widely in size, shape, color, bark, flower, and fruit. This course will introduce you to almost fifty species of native New England shrubs, emphasizing plant identification, family characteristics, and historical plant uses. Bring a hand lens. Weekend sessions are held in off-site locations; directions will be provided during the first class.

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Watercolor in the Garden

June 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$240 – $260

Do you feel inspired when you visit the Garden or when you see plants in the field? This course will allow you to capture those experiences. Whether you’re interested in observational plant portraits or looser landscape impressions, this course offers several techniques for achieving your desired style. We will start with several short exercises and paint both indoors and outdoors in the Garden. Under the guidance of this talented teacher, beginners will master the basics and experienced students will advance…

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Native Plants for Professionals

June 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$162 – $190

Join Dan Jaffe to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less familiar native species to your plant palette.

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New England Plant Communities

June 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$238 – $280

For a relatively small region, New England boasts an astonishing variety of plant communities, ranging from freshwater and tidal wetlands to coastal dunes, grasslands, forests, and montane. Learn how soil, topography, moisture, geological conditions, glaciation, and historical use affect the vegetation of each community. We will study dominant canopy, structure, range, and characteristic species of each community, and then apply this knowledge in the field.   Fridays, June 10, 17, 24, 6-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, June 11, 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.…

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Plants and Pints

June 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$25 – $30

Celebrate the summer solstice in the Garden while enjoying craft beer, great music, local food, and a ceremonial lighting of the Ball of Fire. You won't want to miss this special summer night on the longest day of the year! Somerville's Aeronaut Brewing Company will provide seasonal craft beers, discuss the science of brewing, and show us how the brewery incorporates native plants such as staghorn sumac into its beer. Dan Jaffe will identify native plants you can use in…

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Shady Edibles

June 22, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$23 – $28

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and a host of other vegetables grow well in sunny spaces, but what edibles can you grow in the shade? Join Dan Jaffe to learn about the various native, perennial edibles that thrive in shady environments. You will discover a wide variety of choice edibles from the leaves of ramps, the stems of Solomon's seal, and the fruit of Solomon’s plume.   Wednesday, June 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA Program Code: HOR2958…

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Basic Wetland ID and Delineation

June 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$160 – $200

This two-day course introduces the principal elements of wetland identification: wetland hydrology; hydric soils; and hydrophytic plants. We will identify plants in the field, place a delineation line, and utilize web resources. Recommended gear includes a field notebook, field guides, soil color charts, an auger, and rainwear. Bring a bag lunch. Some pre-class reading is required.   Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA Program Code: WET2010 Instructor: Alan Anacheka-Nasemann Fee:…

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Conserving and Gardening for Monarchs

June 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$24 – $30

Learn about the monarch butterfly—its natural history, the reasons for its decline, and the many conservation efforts that are currently underway along its migration pathway. We will also discuss how you can help the monarch in your own yard by planting a native pollinator garden. After the lecture, we will walk around the Garden to see plants that support monarchs.

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New England Plant Diversity: Session 4

June 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$46 – $54

Keeping up with changes in plant names can be challenging, but it reflects our expanding understanding of the plant kingdom based on genetics, a closer look at plant form, and new ways of analyzing relationships. Learn how to make sense of this new plant universe from one of the best botanists in the field, Arthur Haines. In the session 4 of this 5 session series, students will investigate advanced tricolpate families often referred to as euasterids (e.g., Lamiaceae, Plantaginaceae, Campanulaceae,…

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September 2016

Plants 101: Intro to the Green World

September 12, 2016 @ 8:00 am - October 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$100 – $160

Join us as we explore New England's plant life. In this online and field course you will learn what plants are, how they function, and why they are essential to all life on earth. You’ll also discover many of the region’s native and non-native plants. This course includes five self-paced online modules offered over the course of five weeks, featuring lots of interactions with the instructor and your fellow students. You can elect to join an optional field trip led…

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October 2016

Plants 102: Deeper Into the Green World

October 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - November 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$100 – $160

Delve deeper into the New England Flora in this online and field course. Learn how plants change as they grow; how they interact with other species; and how geology, soils, land-use history, hydrology, and climate shape the plant communities of the region. You'll adopt a plant to observe throughout the course and enjoy interacting with the course instructor and your fellow students. This course includes five weeks of online instruction. You can elect to join an optional field trip led…

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November 2016

Designing with Native Plants

November 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - April 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
$64 – $80

This entirely self-paced online course will teach you the basics of designing with native plants and show you how to incorporate native plants into your garden and landscape. Discover the variety of native plants found throughout New England and learn how to design a visually interesting landscape that also supports biodiversity. Students complete the course at their own pace.   Open enrollment begins Monday, November 14 and ends Sunday, April 2.

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April 2017

Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway

April 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701-2699 United States
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Come to this fun-filled, family-friendly day to celebrate trees and the forests they live in. There will be children’s activities, games, art projects, face painting, and investigation stations throughout the Garden. Adults can enjoy guided tours, workshops on planting and pruning trees, and our on going native plant sale. We will give away 240 trees on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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