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Garden Party to Rock for START Partnership

Filed under: Around Town,Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 10:00 pm on September 7, 2006

Gala must go-to party at Garden in the Woods

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The hottest ticket in town is for the START Partnership’s Garden Party Gala at Garden in the Woods on Thursday night, September 14th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This fundraising party begins with hot and cold appetizers and complimentary beer and wine and a stroll through the Garden in the Woods to enjoy the “Rock On!” sculpture exhibit.

Attendees will enjoy the music of Pro Musica drifting through the woods as they stroll, nibble, and chat with many of the artists who created the sculptures on display.

Partygoers will be invited to build cairns ...[read more]

Happenings at Garden in the Woods

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 11:36 am on May 5, 2006
PHOTO: New England Wild Flower Society - Ladyslipper (2006)

This beautiful rare ladyslipper (C. reginae) is just one of the thousands of plants at the renowned New England Wild FLower Society plant sale.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, premier native plant botanic garden and nursery is now open for the season.

View 1,500 native species in naturalistic habitat displays, including 200 rare and endangered species, and thousands of seasonal blooms on 45 acres.

All purchases and membership support the health of the natural environment. 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA. (508) 877-7630.

SPRING HOURS: Open daily, April 15-June 15; 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.;

SUMMER HOURS: June 17-October 31st daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Admission: $7, Seniors: $5, Children and Young Adults (6-18 yrs): $3, Members and Children under 6: Free.

Tours daily at 10 except Sundays at 2, no reservations required. Museum Shop, plant nursery and 275 special courses and events.

Upcoming Events


May 7 (Sun) FREE 1pm Meet Carol Stocker of The Boston Globe signing and discussing her new book, The Boston Globe Illustrated New England Gardening Almanac. Purchase copies at the Museum Shop at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630.

(Erythronium-Americanum) New England Wild Flower Society, Photo by Dorothy Long

Here are some of the woodland wildflowers in their Spring glory at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods.

May 14 (Sun) FREE 1pm Tom Smarr, New England Wild Flower Society Horticulture Director lecture/demo “Great Wildflowers for the Woodland Garden” Afterwards he and his staff help with custom native plant selections.

May 21 (Sun) FREE 1pm Author and New England Wild Flower Society Nursery Director William (Bill) Cullina lecture/demo: “Top Ten Native Woody Plants for Landscaping” Afterwards he and staff help with custom native selection and book signing.

May 28 (Sun) and again June 18 FREE 1pm Tom Smarr, New England Wild Flower Society Horticulture director lecture/demo: “The best tools in the trade for planting, pruning, and plant care.”

PLAN AHEAD: PLANT SALE PREVIEW PARTY – Friday, June 9th 5-8 pm. Enjoy New England Wild Flower Society’s largest plant sale in the northeast, and an evening of earthly delights, music, tasty treats, expert advice, and perfect shopping without the crowds. $25 ticket benefits plant conservation and gains admission to an unforgettable garden evening.

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630. Reservations at

(Photos Courtesy of New England Wild Flower Society).


Earth Day Activities 2006

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 10:59 am on April 21, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, in Framingham at the Downtown Common and at Garden in the Woods.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. there is free fun for families, children and adults at the Park Street Downtown Common, at the intersection of Concord and Howard Streets. Local artist, Nancie Handy, will coordinate art activities and games. Angie Fowler, Recycling Coordinator, will provide composting demonstrations with free information about building your own compost bin. Recycle ink jet cartridges, toner cartridges and cell phones at the event! Call 508-620-4900 for more information.

From noon until 4 p.m. visit the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods off Hemenway Rd. for their free Earth Day celebration. Enjoy Garden tours on the half-hour, scavenger hunts, wild flower seed plantings, Mother Earth's juggling act at noon, conversations with Granny and Grandpa Granite. Enjoy famed nature illustrator, Gordon Morrison. Live Animal Shows at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 508-877-7630 for details.


Garden in the Woods Trails Open April 15-17, 2005

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 1:51 am on March 31, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Garden in the Woods, New England Wild Flower Society's 45 acre living museum and native plant nursery opens on April 15th.

BE THE FIRST TO SEE SPRING! Don’t miss a minute of the glorious unfolding of spring in a native plant paradise. Get first pick of 500+ unusual native species for sale in the nursery.

SPRING HOURS: Open Daily April 15 - June 15: 9 a.m.­ - 7 p.m.

ADMISSION FEES: Adults: $7, Seniors: $5, Children and young adults 6-18 yrs): $3, Members and Children under 6: Free

TOUR INFO: Guided tours of the Garden in the Woods are given daily at 10:00am, (Mon-Sat) and Sundays at 2:00pm. No reservations are required for daily tours. To make reservations for group tours and special cart tours, contact:

New England Widlflower Society
Garden In the Woods
180 Hemenway Road,
Framingham, MA.
Tel: (508) 877-7630

Open Rain or Shine!


America's Oldest Plant Conservation Institution Welcomes New Director

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 9:36 pm on January 17, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - New England Wild Flower Society announced that Gwen Stauffer, formerly of Warrenton, Virginia will lead America's oldest plant conservation institution as Executive Director, beginning January 20th 2005.

"Gwen Stauffer loves native plants", said Frances Clark, the Society's new President, and botany faculty member of the Society's education program. A rising star in public horticulture, Gwen is enthusiastically looking forward to taking on the challenges of the Society's strategic plans for conservation and horticulture. She succeeds David DeKing, who contributed ten years of remarkable conservation leadership.

"I am thrilled to part of such a great team doing such significant work", said Ms. Stauffer. Even though the New England Wild Flower Society's plant conservation work spans more than a century, there is still a great deal of critical work ahead of us to keep our natural areas healthy and conserve our native plant heritage. I'm particularly interested in the Society's role in sharing education programs throughout the region'. The Society collaborates with many regional organizations, such as the Arnold Arboretum, the Delta Institute in Bowdoin Maine, the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden , the Yale Peabody Museum, and other fine institutions with shared goals. New England Wild Flower Society offers the largest public native plant education program in America with more than 250 classes, tours, and events for adults and children. Strategic plans include new plant education opportunities in all six New England states, including the Society's certificate program offerings for students seeking an in-depth native plant educational experience.

Ms. Stauffer has a passionate commitment to the mission of public horticulture and conservation. She developed her twenty-year career in horticulture after receiving a B.S. Degree from the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture and a Masters Degree in Public Horticulture Leadership and Administration from the Longwood Program affiliated with the University of Delaware. Stauffer's stellar background includes seven years at Hillwood Museum and Gardens, the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, in Washington, D.C. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Gardens at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. Ms. Stauffer serves on multiple committees of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA).

The new Director will develop strategic initiatives including work on Nasami Farm, the Society's new native plant nursery in Whately, Massachusetts and the creation of the next Flora of New England, by Arthur Haines. She heads the Society's continuing award-winning programs including three conservation programs served by more than 900 volunteers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

For information call 508-877-7630 or visit


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