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Join me for Gardening in Small Spaces: Living densely has many benefits, but may come at the price of growing our own food or relaxing outdoors. Yet, we can nourish our bodies and souls using space afforded by a roof deck, patio, or small yard. Learn about small space design, edibles for containers, and vertical gardening, plus small-scale bioshelters, composting, and rainwater harvesting.

Other workships of interest to the home gardener include:

  • Organic Seed Starting
  • Plants and Plans for an Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Cooking and Baking with Maple Syrup
  • Preparing the Vegetable Garden Soil
  • Composting for Home Gardeners
  • Eco-friendly Design
  • Starting a Backyard Organic Apple Orchard
  • City Chickens: Keeping Hens in Cities and Suburbs

Conference highlights:

  • Joel Salatin to present keynote speech and all day seminar “Introducing Livestock to your Farm”
  • 50 workshops on organic farming, gardening, landscaping, and sustainable living.
  • Lively exhibit area, NOFA/Mass Annual Meeting,  great children and teens program, potluck lunch!

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass)
23rd Annual Winter Conference – “Food From Farms For Families”
January 16, 2010  9am-5.30pm
Worcester Technical High School, Skyline Drive, Worcester, Ma

General registration fee $50 with discounts available.  Registration for Salatin seminar $115 (includes entrance to entire conference). For more information visit http://www.nofamass.org/conferences/winter/index.php or contact Conference Coordinator, Jassy Bratko,  jassy.bratko [at] nofamass.org  or  978-928-5646

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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 stress, induce anxiety or instill peace.

“NOFA Nourishes Massachusetts” – Saturday, Nov, 14, 6:00 pm, The Bull Run Restaurant (215 Great Road/Rt. 2A, Shirley MA) to raise funds for The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). Local organic meal, silent auction, and more.  More details here.

Pollinator-Friendly Landscaping – Nov. 17 10 am – noon, Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  As New England’s landscape becomes increasingly developed, backyards are becoming a “final frontier” in providing essential habitat for at-risk pollinator species that play an integral role in the health of our environment. Garden Coach and Habitat Naturalist Ellen Sousa will explain how to help sustain and restore pollinator populations in your own back yard, regardless of its size or location. Learn to choose the best plants to help feed and shelter pollinators, and some best practices for encouraging biodiversity in your backyard.

Charles River Watershed Association: Frontiers in Sustainable Design – Friday Nov. 20th, 6:00 pm, Boston Architectural College, (320 Newbury Street, Boston) Cascieri Hall.  Sponsored by the BAC & Boston Society of Landscape Architects.  “Going beyond green cities to blue cities: How can architecture, landscape architecture and urban design effect water quality and quantity?”

Designing an Ecological Home and Landscape – Wednesday, Dec. 2,4:00-6:00 pm, Nordic Hall of the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham Street, West Newton, MA.  Join Marie Stella and Aran Byrnes for this Ecological Roundtable to explore the process of creating an ecological and sustainable home and landscape that features environmental awareness, reduced energy consumption, sustainability, and innovative uses of plant material.

NOFA/MASS Winter Conference: Food From Farms For Families – Jan 16th, 2010, 9am-5.30pm, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA.  Over 40 workshops on organic farming, gardening, landscaping, and sustainable living!  Includes children’s programming, expo of organic products/services, and local, organic lunch.

Join Carolyn Edsell-Vetter of A Yard & A Half for her course on Gardening in Small Spaces:

Living densely has many benefits, but may come at the price of growing our own food or relaxing outdoors.  Yet, we can nourish our bodies and souls using space afforded by a roof deck, patio, or small yard.  Learn about small space design, edibles for containers, and vertical gardening, plus small-scale bioshelters, composting, and rainwater harvesting.

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For Designers:

COGDesign presents designer Lynden Miller – October 7, 2009, 6-8 pm.  From the website:

Lynden Miller,well known NYC public garden designer, will speak about designing, maintaining, and funding beautiful, four-season plantings for public places. Her garden projects in NYC have become urban oases with economic benefits and the power to transform the way people behave and feel about their city. Lynden will sign her new book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, after her presentation.

(Techo-)Bloc Party at Northeast Nursery – Sept. 25 & 26 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Visit the 53 ft. Mobile Display Center (MDC) to see new, naturalistic models and design concepts.   While you’re there, have a nosh, and check out the selection of plant material and natural stone products in their huge yard.

2010 APLD Design Awards – Entry materials are now available.  Categories include: residential design, planting design, small gardens (under 1500 sf), and specialty projects (“theme gardens, therapeutic gardens, educational gardens, rooftop gardens, sustainable designs, green roof installations, historic preservation, etc.”).  Our horticultural maintenance crew is available to groom gardens in preparation for photos.  Deadline: Feb 1, 2010.

For Homeowners:

NOFA Food Preservation Workshops – Learn to can, pickle, ferment, freeze, and dry summer produce.  Expand your ability to eat locally throughout the year, and meet other local food aficionados!

Bulb Orders and Lawn Renovation – Now is the time to place orders for bulbs to ensure fall planting and a colorful spring!  With cooler temperatures and the likelihood of regular rainfall through September, it’s also a good time to patch, renovate, or establish new lawns.  Get detailed how-to’s from MassHort, or contact us to arrange a visit.

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Natural Stone

On Friday August 28, A Yard & A Half hosted a seminar on natural stone for design professionals.  We invited Gavin Johnston of New England Native Stone and Charlie Precourt of Charles J. Precourt & Sons to speak on the types and uses of natural stone.

We also built some display walls and paving (below) showcasing local stone products.  These will be permanently displayed in our yard.  Designers and homeowners can contact us to arrange a visit.

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After crafting a lengthy email of maintenance tips for a client experiencing various wet-weather woes, I read MassHort’s August Horticultural Hints.  If your plants are looking a bit leggy, brown, or mushy, take a look!

Upcoming Events:

Ecological Landscaping Association Roundtable – August 12, 1-4:30 pm, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA. Panelists share recipes for favorite organic fertilizers and amendments, and tips on “making ecological landscaping work for you”.

Boston GreenFest 2009 – August 20-22, Boston City Hall Plaza.  Educational festival of all things environmentally sustainable.  Visit us at the Greenscapes Massachusetts booth on Fri. August 21.

Arnold Arboretum Family Activity Day – August 29, 11 am-1pm, Arnold Arboretum.  Drop in for nature activities, crafts, and games geared toward kids ages 4-11.  FREE.

NOFA Food Preservation Workshops – Learn to can, pickle, ferment, freeze, and dry summer produce.  Expand your ability to eat locally throughout the year, and meet other local food aficionados!

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The Asian Longhorned Beetle Outreach and Survey Project needs volunteers to receive training about ALB and other forest pests. The “Train the Trainer” session provides tools you need to teach others and protect your neighborhood from this invasive pest!

  • The ability to recognize the beetle and tree damage caused by it
  • Tips to distinguish ALB from similar species and to recognize when tree damage is not caused by ALB
  • Copies of various outreach materials and other cool ALB gear to distribute to the people you will be training
  • Access to beetle specimens and damaged wood for your own training sessions
  • The latest information on the infestation in Worcester

Boston session: UMass Boston, McCormack Building, 1st Floor, Room 318

August 11th, 6pm-8pm

email jennifer.forman-orth @ state.ma.us, or call 617-626-1735.  Stay updated with ALB Outreach’s Facebook Page.

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Our colleague, designer Christie Dustman, is offering a 5-session design course for home gardeners at the Arnold Arboretum, starting next Tuesday July 7. Here’s the Arnold’s listing:

Design Workshop for Home Gardeners HOR 282

Christie Dustman, Designer, APLD
5 Sessions
Tue Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4 6:30–8:30pm [HB]
Explore principles of garden design and develop a plan for a specific area of your yard. In this beginner-level design class, you will explore the importance of line, scale, circulation, unity, and repetition as the organizational components of a coherent garden. You’ll also consider finer details such as color, focal point, depth, layering, and connecting indoors to outdoors. Christie Dustman will use before and after examples of projects she has completed to illustrate the design process. You will be required to draw a base plan for your site and identify your wish list of features. In analyzing your own and your classmates’ base plans and needs, you will practice the process of design and then begin to apply principles to your site plan. Christie will then lead in-class reviews, soliciting solutions from students and suggesting her own. You will leave class with a plan in progress from which to continue your design exploration. This class is primarily about garden space, and, as such, will not include garden design, though some key plant elements may be discussed.

Email adulted@arnarb.harvard.edu for a list of materials and instructions on creating your base plan for the first class.

Fee $100 member, $120 nonmember

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