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The August garden is a jumble of flowering plants including some great mullein or common mullein weed (Verbascum). Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Seasonal Chores
& Observations

For many gardeners "summer is starting to wrap up," and for some it's time to plant their "second-season vegetable garden." Incredibly, we still have some green daffodil spring foliage that we're not removing...



Keep a Gardening Journal

Houseplant Care During Vacation

Lobsters as Fertilizer!

Did You Know?

Visit Local Farmers' Markets

Cut Back Tall Bearded Iris?

Favorite Gardening Quotations

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September 21, 2014

Monday, September 22 in Jamaica Plain
Urban Greening for Urban Birds - Arnold Arboretum Lecture

Saturday, September 27 in Wellesley
'Talk and Taste' at Mass Hort Society: Lecture, Tasting, Q&A, Garden Tour, and more...

Tuesday, September 30 in Jamaica Plain
Preserving Forests in New England: Insights from Japan and Europe - Arnold Arboretum Lecture

Saturday, October 04 in Waltham
Knowing and Growing Gesneriads, Not Just African Violets - Lyman Estate Greenhouses Workshop

Sunday, October 05 in Bristol
Fall Foliage Walk - Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum

Tuesday, October 07 in Jamaica Plain
Ecologies in Flux: The Role of Exotic Plants in Urban and Suburban Landscapes

Saturday, October 11 - Sunday, October 12 in Stockbridge
Harvest Festival - Berkshire Botanical Garden

Thursday, October 16 in Jamaica Plain
The Origins and Legacy of the Catskill Forest Preserve - Arnold Arboretum Lecture

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Common milkweed flowers (Asclepias syriaca) in the summer garden. Monarch butterfly larvae feed exclusively on milkweeds. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Help our Bees and Butterflies

Since 2006 we have heard about the unfortunate loss of honey bee colonies in North America and elsewhere. The decline in the number of bees is both shocking and frightening and blamed on a number of causes.

Additionally, there's been much discussion about the lack of Monarch butterflies this past summer.

Anyone can implement a few minor changes to make their outdoor spaces more welcoming for both bees and butterflies.

Even using just one of these ideas can be beneficial. As is often said, one small step can make a difference...


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