GARDENS AND NATURE

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Monday, April 03, 2017, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Jaques Avenue Orchard, 9 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA
Member $10, Non-member $20
Instructor: Joann Vieira

Join Tower Hills Director of Horticulture, Joann Vieira, in Worcester to learn the best way to prune fruit trees for health and production. Pruning and caring for fruit trees differs in several critical ways from traditional pruning so whether youve just planted a new tree or youre trying to revitalize some older trees you should check out this training first. This training will take place offsite in Worcester (directions will be sent upon registration.) In partnership with the Worcester Tree Initiative.

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Member $50, Non-member $60
Instructor: Lorraine Lee

In this workshop designed for educators, healthcare professionals and caregivers, learn the benefits and fundamentals of horticultural therapy. Hands-on projects and role playing will be included, as well as many more ideas for indoor and outdoor horticultural therapy projects.

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Free with Admission Pre-registration required
Presenter: Richard Higgins

Trees were central to Henry David Thoreaus creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. His portraits of them were so perfect; it was as if he could see the sap flowing beneath their bark. When Thoreau wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own shadow in the air, he was speaking about himself. In short, he spoke their language.

In this original book, Richard Higgins explores Thoreaus deep connections to trees: his keen perception of them, the joy they gave him, the poetry he saw in them, his philosophical view of them, and how they fed his soul. His lively essays show that trees were a thread connecting all parts of Thoreaus beingheart, mind, and spirit. Included are one hundred excerpts from Thoreaus writings about trees, paired with over sixty of the authors photographs. Thoreaus words are as vivid now as they were in 1890, when an English naturalist wrote that he was unusually able to to preserve the flashing forest colors in unfading light. Thoreau and the Language of Trees shows that Thoreau, with uncanny foresight, believed trees were essential to the preservation of the world.

Tuesdays, April 18, 2017 – May 09, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Member $40, Non-member $55
Instructor: Lorraine Lee

Each week, discover a new horticultural therapy project to take home in this unique program intended to give people with Alzheimers disease or dementia and their caregiver a fun and mentally stimulating activity. The caregiver will learn about tools for coping with people at various stages of memory loss and those with dementias will enjoy the nature inspired programming with four different projects to bring home. Attendees will benefit from the group discussions, interaction and supportive atmosphere.

As we know, caring for someone with Alzheimers disease or other dementias can be challenging and
therefore, if you are unable to attend all meetings or arrive after the start time, please know the instructor understands.

Lorraine A. Lee is a Horticultural Therapist, Certified Activity Consultant through NCCAP, Certified
Dementia Practitioner and Master Gardener . She earned a Masters degree in Counseling and has 25
years experience as an educator, artist and Alzheimer disease clinical professional.. She is currently
Chair of the Horticultural Therapy Committee for The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Member $60, Non-member $75 for two-day workshop
Instructor: Jim Baker, Native Landscaping

On Wednesday evening Mr. Baker will introduce students to the tools, techniques and safety precautions necessary for Saturday’s hands-on working session outdoors. Using diagrams and outline designs, Mr. Baker will explain the building process and illustrate a variety of stone walls in different stages of construction. On Saturday, participants should dress for hands-on work and weather, bringing work gloves, bottled water, and a bag lunch.

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Member $60, Non-member $75 for two-day workshop
Instructor: Jim Baker, Native Landscaping

On Wednesday evening Mr. Baker will introduce students to the tools, techniques and safety precautions necessary for Saturday’s hands-on working session outdoors. Using diagrams and outline designs, Mr. Baker will explain the building process and illustrate a variety of stone walls in different stages of construction. On Saturday, participants should dress for hands-on work and weather, bringing work gloves, bottled water, and a bag lunch.

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Member $80, Non-member $95
Instructor: Betsy Williams

Grow ready-to-use culinary herbs right outside your door! Available for snipping May to November, nothing enhances a meal like the taste of your own fresh herbs. Create an herb garden that can be moved from place to place to take full advantage of available sunlight. Plant 6 classic culinary herbs in a 14 container to grow on a sunny balcony, porch, patio or doorstep. With proper care, your herb pot will supply you with fresh herbs for the entire growing year! Please bring an apron and floral scissors to class.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Free with Admission, Pre-registration required
Presenter: Derek Lirange, Worcester Tree Initiative

It seems like every year were faced with another pest problem. It was Asian Longhorned Beetle (and still is), then Emerald Ash Borer came in 2015, Winter Moth, and were seeing a resurgence of Gypsy Moth too! So, should you be worried? Is there anything you can do to protect your plants? And whats next? Learn from Worcester Tree Initiatives Community Forester, Derek Lirange in this presentation on forest pests. In partnership with the Worcester Tree Initiative.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Member $7, Non-member $20
Presenter: Jill Jonnes, Author

Urban Forests is a celebration of urban trees and the Americans  presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds  whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nations cities, from Jeffersons day to the present.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Member $10, Non-member $25
Instructor: Derek Lirange

Worcester Tree Initiatives Community Forester, Derek Lirange, will cover the fundamentals of pruning woody plants including what should be cut out of trees and shrubs and how to make cuts for both health and looks. He will also address several common mistakes or misconceptions and simple tool maintenance so you can make sure youre making the best cut every time. In partnership with the Worcester Tree Initiative.

Saturday, May 06, 2017, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Free with admission
The Spring Exhibition held for many years in late winter in Worcester was a much anticipated and always welcome harbinger of the flowers and beauty to come. Thousands would wait in lines that stretched around the corner to see the exhibits at Horticulture Hall. Did you or your family attend or take part in any way? What are your memories? We invite you to come to the Library to see our current display about the old spring show and share your memories. We will be recording reminiscences on May6th but also are happy to schedule times at your convenience.

Please contact Kathy Bell at kbell@towerhillbg.org or 508-869-6111 x116 for more information or to schedule another date or time to record your memories.

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member $15, Non-member $25
Instructor: Mary Panda, Physical Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Learn how to reduce the pain and strain of gardening by using proper tools and body mechanics. A lecture will be followed by hands-on demonstration of proper tool use.

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Free with Admisison
Presenter: Robert Gegear, WPI Department of Biology and Biotechnology

Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide due to human-induced rapid environmental change. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, there has been major focus on the development and implementation of conservation strategies to maintain pollination services to crop plants. However, the overwhelming majority of current strategies do not consider the keystone role that pollinators play in natural ecosystems, making them an ineffective tool for maintaining and restoring biodiversity. Dr. Gegear will discuss the importance of developing an ecologically-focused approach to developing and maintaining your garden, citing examples from his ongoing field research in Massachusetts. He will also provide information on how to identify local bumblebee species in order to help you assess the ecological ‘friendliness’ of your garden. After the presentation, join Dr. Gegear in a walk through the gardens to learn how your new knowledge can be put into practice.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Free with Admission
John Trexler, Worcester County Horticultural Society Director Emeritus and Founding Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, will discuss how Tower Hill evolved from a beautiful farm on a hill to an acclaimed public Garden.
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Member $65, Non-member $80
Instructor: Betsy Williams

Explore the fascinating and delicious world of basils! There are dozens of varieties of culinary basil: basils with huge leaves, basils with tiny leaves, basils from Asia, Italy and Greece, tall elegant basils, purple and variegated basils! There are basils that smell like cinnamon, cloves, lime and lemon, there is even a basil that smells like black walnuts! Learn the long, curious history of basil, its magical and medicinal associations and how it became Americas favorite culinary herb. Well smell and nibble different types of basil, discuss its growing requirements, how to use it in the kitchen and ways to preserve it. Students will enjoy a tasting of basil butter, vinegar, and sauce. Each person will plant three 10 pots of different varieties of basil to take home and enjoy during the warm days of summer! Please bring an apron and floral scissors to class. Recipe sheets are included.

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Greendale Eagle Statue, 347 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA
Member $10, Non-member $20
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Greendale Eagle Statue, 347 West Boylston St., Worcester

Instructor: Derek Lirange, Worcester Tree Initiative

When pruning trees around your yard there are a few dos and donts that apply across the board, but there also special cases when different rules apply. Ornamental flowering trees are one of these special cases. Join Worcester Tree Initiative at the Greendale Eagle Statue to learn why you should hold off on pruning your showpiece trees until late spring and techniques for promoting greater flowering. In partnership with the Worcester Tree Initiative.

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Master Gardener Training Class
Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (mmga)
The 2017 MMGA Master Gardener Training Class will begin in April and run through October. For more information & registration: massmastergardeners.org.