Fall and Halloween events for Adults and Kids!

Fall and Halloween events for Adults and Kids!

Take advantage of the changing colors and the Halloween festivities happening in and around Boston!  Check out these upcoming events:   Halloween events for little ones:  Tomorrow- Wednesday the 26th– free Trick-or-Treat Magic Show for ages 3-9 at the Boston Public Library in Dorchester, 6:30-7:15pm. Also tomorrow: the Monster Mash dance party for families from 4:30-6:30pm in Lynnfield. This Thursday from 10-11am kids can learn some spooky science and create strange slime at the Discovery Museums…

Spoiler Alert: Boston Flower and Garden Show 2013 Preview

This year, exhibitors at the Boston Flower & Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center were charged with creating designs around the theme “Seeds of Change.” Installations feature local stone and hardscape, native plants to greater and lesser degrees, and some innovative solutions for rain water, small spaces, and modern homesteading. Chickens and vegetable beds mix with clipped boxwoods and colorful forced plantings.

Local Christmas Trees

If you’re planning on purchasing a Christmas tree this year, you might be wondering about its environmental impact.  Betsy Franz’ recent blog post addresses some of the benefits of live, and particularly locally grown trees.  Here are some Boston-area cut-your-own tree farms, courtesy of PickYourOwn.org.  Call first to check hours & availability! D.J. Hussey Farm – Choose and cut Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Roping, Christmas shop. 20 Burgess Road, Townsend, MA 01469. Email: djhussey@comcast.net. Open: 12/25…

Maple Syrup Brunch!

Groundworks Somerville is hosting their second annual Maple Syrup Project Brunch Fundraiser this Saturday, Dec. 4th at the Independent in Union Square, Somerville. They say it better than I can: Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Somerville Maple Syrup Project! The seasonal menu will feature maple-inspired offerings such as Maple sausage Belgian waffle, Maple pancake breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs and bacon, French toast…

COGDesign Benefit at the Elephant Walk

Join us for Benefit Dinner on November 1, 2010 – at The Elephant Walk in Waltham – in support the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design.  Gather for hors d’oeuvres & drinks at 6:00, followed by a prix fixe dinner at 6:30.   Includes award-winning Cambodian-French vegetarian, gluten-free, and meat options.  The Elephant Walk is donating 50% of the meal price and bar tab to COG. Advance registration is required — register online through Elephant…

Maple Sugaring in the City

Last weekend, I attended Russells’ Winter Fair to educate guests about organic landcare and NOFA.  I shared a table with Natick Community Organic Farm, which is hosting a maple sugaring festival this Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m..  They’ll start out with a pancake breakfast, then demonstrate Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques, as well as offering tours of their modern maple sugaring operation. This year, even city-dwellers seem to be taking note of…

November Events

As the landscaping season winds down, there are many opportunities to start dreaming and planning for next year.  Imagine a space that will nourish the body and soul, while reducing utility bills! Healing Spaces:  The Science of Place and Well-Being – Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Trinity Church (Copley Square), Boston.  Ester M. Sternberg, M.D., National Institutes of Health, will explore how surroundings—a theme park, concert hall, cathedral, labyrinth or garden—can trigger or reduce…

NOFA Fundraising Dinner 11/14

The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) hosts its first annual fundraising dinner, “NOFA Nourishes Massachusetts” on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at The Bull Run Restaurant (215 Great Road/Rt. 2A, Shirley MA)  Purchase tickets now: $100 member/$125 non-member. Evening program includes: 6:00pm: Silent Auction and cocktails 7:15pm: A multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by Bull Run Chef, consisting of local and organic ingredients from Massachusetts farmers and producers. 8:15: Speakers and Live Auction….

AY&AH Staff Featured in MBHP Update

Project manager Carolyn Edsell-Vetter and her partner Jesse were featured in Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership‘s fall Donor Spotlight (p.3).  As part of her commitment to support MBHP, Carolyn raised over $7,500 for the homelessness prevention agency when she ran Boston’s 2009 marathon.  Many thanks to A Yard & A Half’s generous customers, staff,  and business partners who donated during this spring’s Marathon challenge! MBHP provides programs and support for property owners, managers, and tenants.  Join…

October Tips & Events

As temperatures cool, schedule winterizing for irrigation systems, but remember to keep watering through the autumn!  Continue with a watering schedule appropriate for the age of new plants, as long as air and soil temps are in the 40s.  Watering mid-day ensures that the water will reach roots when the soil is at its warmest.  (For responsible waterers who have their systems set to go off at 4 a.m. in the summer, this will be…