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Nature

Seasonal Pruning Workshops

04.17.21 at 10:30 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$30 members / $40 non-members per session

Seasonal Pruning Workshops This class will be held outdoors in the gardens (During cooler seasons an inside space will be available) Max Participation: 10 people Apr 17 10:30 am to 12:00 pm May 23 Jul 17 Nov 20 10:30 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm $30 members / $40 non-members per session Instructor: Reed Pugh Throughout the year it is important to prune different plants. This series of workshops will focus on the essentials of when and how to prune those plants. We will use selected shrubs and trees at Tower Hill to discuss and practice our pruning skills. Each workshop will cover making proper cuts, different forms of pruning and most importantly pruning plants at the correct time. We will focus on plants that can be pruned at that specific time to improve their health, vitality, and flowering. You will visit several plants and learn about how we would prune depending upon desired objectives. On select plants we will practice making some actual cuts. These workshops will be specific to plant Genus that are commonly grown in gardens in New England and will provide you with a clear understanding of why it is important to prune plants at the correct time of year. The timing of each class is at the beginning of the pruning window so you will have time to go home and work with what you have learned. There are 5 workshops throughout the year. Signup for one or all five.

Arts & Culture

Change is in the Air: Art Walk

04.25.21 at 8:00 AM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St., Concord, MA 01742
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Free

As part of The Umbrella Arts & Environment’s modified Earth Day Celebration for 2021, and the kick off to The Umbrella Artfest, we are organizing an Art Walk that approximates the route and spirit of our traditional Musketaquid Earth Day Parade through the town of Concord, and safely celebrates this year’s Earth Day theme of Air. The Art Walk exhibits outdoor, air-inspired artwork by several regional artists that engages the element of Air -- whether banner, windchime, pinwheel, or any other creative forms. Explore the air-inspired art scattered throughout Concord Center’s conservation land, and use the QR codes on exhibition signs or the Artfest Kidstrack coloring activity sheet, self-guided audio tour Google Map, or our new Artfest App to listen to the artists discuss their work and inspirations. Featured Artists BARD | A Symphony of Wind @ Heywood Meadow, Ford Park Laurie Bogdan @ Reformatory Bike Path Nayda Cuevas | Wish for Change @ Chamberlin Park Liz Helfer | Lightweight @ Millbrook Way Leah Medin | Medium Green @ Heywood Meadow Karen Krolak and Nicole Harris | aWays to Fathom: Middlesex edition @ Nashawtuc Hill We are grateful to the Town of Concord Division of Natural Resources and the Concord Land Conservation Trust for hosting the inaugural Umbrella Arts & Environment Art Walk. This project is supported by funding from the Foundation for Metrowest.

Education & Learning

Foundations of Vegetable Gardening (Hybrid)

05.04.21 at 6:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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Members $150 / non-members $175 for the five week

Foundations of Vegetable Gardening (Hybrid) The first 4 classes will be online. A link to the Zoom webinar will be sent after registration in the confirmation email. These online classes will be live only. The last session will be in person at Tower Hill. Online: Tuesdays, May 4 - May 25, 2021 6:00-8:00 PM In-person: Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Max Participants: 10 $150 members / $175 non-members Instructor: Christie Higginbottom The immersive Foundations of Vegetable Gardening will give you all the needed information to get your vegetable garden off to a good start this spring. Four virtual workshop sessions will provide information for planning and preparing garden beds, sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, and raising healthy vegetable plants. The fifth session will be a guided visit to the Tower Hill vegetable garden. The goal of this multi-week workshop is the help you have a successful vegetable garden this year!

Nature

Easy Rose Care

05.08.21 at 1:30 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$30 members / $40 non-members

Easy Rose Care This program will be held indoors in one of our well-ventilated classrooms. Group size will not exceed current state restrictions. Please note, there is currently construction happening at Tower Hill which may result in altered or obstructed walkways, parking lots, and parking spaces, in addition to some noise. Saturday, May 8, or Wed May 26, 2021 1:30-3 PM $30 members / $40 non-members Max Participants: 10 Instructor: Teresa Mosher Learn from Teresa Mosher about uncovering winter protected roses, pruning various types, planting, fertilizing and choosing hardy roses. Photos from her locally revered Zone 5 garden in Methuen are incorporated into the power point presentation. Handouts are included and everyone will receive a copy of Teresa's book A Year in My Rose Garden. Teresa Mosher is one of the leading Garden and Rose Consultants in New England. Her passion for flowers, especially roses started as a child when her dad would start seedlings and plant them in the family garden every spring. Even though he worked long hours, he took the time to care for and grow fruits, vegetables and flowers, teaching his family important life lessons in the process. The garden became a place to relax and enjoy life where she and her dad felt most at peace. A native of Methuen, Massachusetts, Teresa has raised two sons with her husband of 40 years. She is past President of the New England Rose Society, a Horticulture Rose Judge and Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society. Teresa’s love for flowers also drives her to volunteer, consult and teach others to care for them year-round. She truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for gardening with others. Program fees help fund Tower Hill’s vision to inspire people and improve the world. Thank you for your support.

Nature

Chair Yoga Session 2

05.11.21 at 11:00 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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Members $45 / nonmembers $60 for the four week ses

Chair Yoga This program will be held indoors in one of our well-ventilated classrooms. Group size will not exceed current state restrictions. Session 1 (4 Weeks): Tuesdays April 6-27 | 11AM-12PM Session 2 (4 Weeks): Tuesdays May 11-June 1 | 11AM-12PM Max Participants: 10 (No Walk-Ins) Members $45 / non-members $60 four week session Instructor: Rebecca Reber In this class you will stretch, twist and lengthen your body through a series of easy to follow repetitive movements. Rebecca will combine this with inhales and exhales as we work to get the most out of every movement. There are some standing exercises using the chair as a prop and for our balance. The hour session will end in a relaxing seated Savasana. This class is for beginners to more experienced yogis as any type of movement is wonderful. Come and have fun while enjoying the benefits of movement. The chair will be provided for you. Registration is for all four classes during the session. Required for the class: Yoga blocks and a strap (Supply your own) Rebecca Reber has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years. Inspired by her 93 year old mother, she now specializes in seated chair yoga which for the past three years has lovingly spreads throughout the Metrowest area. She is RYT 200 Certified (Registered Yoga Teacher).

Food & Drink

Hopkinton Restaurant Week

05.14.21 at 7:00 AM
Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce
Hopkinton, MA 01748
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This First Annual Hopkinton Restaurant Week is going to be a great chance to take advantage of delicious deals, specials and prizes at participating restaurants. All will be offering indoor and some will be offering outdoor dining options, with many offering take out and delivery service! ? Hopkinton Restaurant Week is brought to you by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and this is the First year, providing locals and visitors an opportunity to sample area restaurants and win Gift Certificates to these participating restaurants!

Arts & Culture

Head Over Heels

05.15.21 at 8:00 PM
The Umbrella Arts Center
40 Stow St.
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$19/$37/$42

May 14 - June 6, 2021 Music & Lyrics by The Go-Go's Original Book by Jeff Whitty Adapted by James Magruder Directed by Brian Boruta Head Over Heels is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts. 05/15/2021 - 8:00pm 05/16/2021 - 3:00pm 05/20/2021 - 7:30pm 05/21/2021 - 8:00pm 05/22/2021 - 8:00pm 05/23/2021 - 3:00pm 05/27/2021 - 3:00pm 05/28/2021 - 8:00pm 05/29/2021 - 8:00pm 05/30/2021 - 3:00pm 06/03/2021 - 7:30pm 06/04/2021 - 8:00pm 06/05/2021 - 8:00pm 06/06/2021 - 3:00pm

Nature

I Have a Butterfly Garden, Now What? (Live Webinar)

05.19.21 at 6:30 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$10 members / $15 non-members

I Have a Butterfly Garden, Now What? (Live Webinar) This program will be held virtually. Once you register you will receive a zoom link in the confirmation. This webinar will also be RECORDED and available for 2 months to all registrants. Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:30-7:30 PM Instructor: Amy Mawby You've created a butterfly garden to attract butterflies but how do you know that they've actually visited? Caterpillars and butterflies leave clues, both big and small, so get ready to look at your plants like never before! Using monarchs and swallowtails as our main examples, Amy Mawby will explore native butterfly species in all of their life cycle stages and behaviors. Discover how our gardens support butterflies throughout their marvelous metamorphosis. Go beyond your backyard and learn tricks, tools and timing for raising butterflies at home. Amy Mawby is a garden educator and photographer. Her roots are buried deep in horticulture and she has spent 12+ years leading education and visitor experience teams at public gardens. Amy has most recently worked at Tyler Arboretum and Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve (BHWP). At BHWP, she found a passion for native plants and at Tyler Arboretum she nurtured her love for native butterflies as the staff lead for the seasonal Butterfly House exhibit, as well as in her home garden. She is also a visual storyteller and nature shutterbug. Amy holds a M.S. in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in Plant Science from Cornell University. Program fees help fund Tower Hill’s vision to inspire people and improve the world. Thank you for your support. Single class scheduled on 5/19/2021 at 6:30PM

Nature

Flowers and Fragrance in a Container

05.22.21 at 10:30 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$75 members / $90 non-members

Flowers and Fragrance in a Container This program will be held indoors in one of our well-ventilated classrooms. Group size will not exceed current state restrictions. Please note, there is currently construction happening at Tower Hill which may result in altered or obstructed walkways, parking lots, and parking spaces, in addition to some noise. Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:30 AM-1:00 PM $75 members / $90 non-members Max Participants: 10 Instructor: Betsy Williams Fill a 14" pot to overflowing with plants full of fragrance! Miniature roses, sweetly scented herbs, rose geraniums, trailing verbenas, sweet alyssums and other fragrant, flowering plants growing happily together in containers, providing us with lovely flowers to look at and scents to enjoy. Perfect for a sunny spot on a patio, doorstep or tucked into a perennial bed, a fragrant container garden brightens your life all summer long! Please bring an apron and floral scissors to class. Instructor Betsy Williams teaches, lectures and writes about living with herbs and flowers. A lifelong gardener, herb grower and cook, Betsy trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral, gardening and cooking skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks and demonstrations. Her gardens, floral work and retail shop have been featured in many books, national magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The American Gardener, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living Gardner, Colonial Homes, the Herb Companion, and Traditional Homes. Program fees help fund Tower Hill’s vision to inspire people and improve the world. Thank you for your support. Single class scheduled on 5/22/2021 at 10:30AM

Nature

Intermediate Bonsai: Bring Your Own

05.23.21 at 10:30 AM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$40 members / $55 non-members

Intermediate Bonsai: Bring Your Own This program will be held indoors in one of our well-ventilated classrooms. Group size will not exceed current state restrictions. Please note, there is currently construction happening at Tower Hill which may result in altered or obstructed walkways, parking lots, and parking spaces, in addition to some noise. Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:30 AM-12:30 PM $40 MEMBERS / $55 NON-MEMBERS Max Participants: 6 Instructor: Joel Mullen Do you have a bonsai tree that you’re just not sure how to get it to the next level? Is there a specific bonsai skill you’d like to hone? In this class we will work on absolutely anything you’d like. From basic repotting to completely restyling your tree and anything in between. May is a great time for doing most of the maintenance that your bonsai trees require. Repotting, wiring, pruning, or just picking out the front of your tree we will cover it all. Bring as many trees as you’d like and, time permitting, we will work on and assist you with everything you need. Potting soil will be available. Joel Mullen is the President of the Kaikou Bonsai Study Group. He has been growing bonsai trees for over 10 years and has trained with artists all over New England. Joel is the Lead Tropical Grower and the Education Coordinator at New England Bonsai Gardens in Bellingham, MA. Program fees help fund Tower Hill’s vision to inspire people and improve the world. Thank you for your support. Single class scheduled on 5/23/2021 at 10:30AM

Nature

Spring Blooms Walk and Talk

05.23.21 at 2:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$10 members / $20 non-members

Spring Blooms Walk and Talk This program will be held outdoors in the gardens. Group size will not exceed current state restrictions. Please note, there is currently construction happening at Tower Hill which may result in altered or obstructed walkways, parking lots, and parking spaces, in addition to some noise. Sunday, May 23, 2021 2:00-3:00 PM $10 members / $20 non-members Max Participants: 15 Instructor: Dawn Davies Join Horticulturalist Dawn Davies on a walk around Tower Hill as she guides you through the beauty of the gardens. Experience the spring blooms in a whole new way. Dawn Davies is the Horticulture Manager at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. She began her horticulture career in 1989 at Tarnow Nursery and Garden Center as an assistant manager. She also attended the Longwood Garden Professional Gardener Training program. Following that, she owned and operated her own garden maintenance business for 2 years before beginning at Tower Hill in 1999 as a gardener. In 2002, she was promoted to Outdoor Horticulturist with a focus on the Vegetable and Systematic Gardens. Program fees help fund Tower Hill’s vision to inspire people and improve the world. Thank you for your support.

Nature

Pressed Flower & Framed Herbarium Workshop

05.27.21 at 1:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$40 members / $55 non-members

Pressed Flower & Framed Herbarium Workshop This program will be held indoors in one of our well-ventilated classrooms. Group size will not exceed current state restrictions. Please note, there is currently construction happening at Tower Hill which may result in altered or obstructed walkways, parking lots, and parking spaces, in addition to some noise. Thursday, May 27, 2021 1:00-3:30 PM $40 members / $55 non-members Max Participants: 10 Instructor: Suzanne Hauerstein Students will construct their own flower press in the classroom then go outside to pick some wildflowers to put our press to use. Students will come back inside to create a pressed flower, glass framed herbarium of their own design using pre-pressed leaves and flowers. All materials will be provided. Suzanne Hauerstein is a professional teaching artist and the Coordinator of Volunteer & Intern Services at Tower Hill. She has over 25 years of experience designing and facilitating art-based programs for informal learning environments. Suzanne is committed to creating programs that are accessible, positive, and enjoyable learning experiences for students of all ages and abilities. Program fees help fund Tower Hill’s vision to inspire people and improve the world. Thank you for your support.

Nature

Spring Blooms Walk and Talk

05.27.21 at 2:00 PM - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston
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$10 members / $20 non-members

Spring Blooms Walk and Talk This program will be held outdoors in the gardens. Group size will not exceed current state restrictions. Please note, there is currently construction happening at Tower Hill which may result in altered or obstructed walkways, parking lots, and parking spaces, in addition to some noise. Thu, May 27, 2021 2:00-3:00 PM $10 members / $20 non-members Max Participants: 15 Instructor: Dawn Davies Join Horticulturalist Dawn Davies on a walk around Tower Hill as she guides you through the beauty of the gardens. Experience the spring blooms in a whole new way. Dawn Davies is the Horticulture Manager at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. She began her horticulture career in 1989 at Tarnow Nursery and Garden Center as an assistant manager. She also attended the Longwood Garden Professional Gardener Training program. Following that, she owned and operated her own garden maintenance business for 2 years before beginning at Tower Hill in 1999 as a gardener. In 2002, she was promoted to Outdoor Horticulturist with a focus on the Vegetable and Systematic Gardens. Program fees help fund Tower Hill’s vision to inspire people and improve the world. Thank you for your support.

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