Gardening With Gutner: Garden In The Woods

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Garden in the Woods in Framingham

Garden in the Woods in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA, is the 45-acre botanic garden of New England Wild Flower Society, America’s oldest plant conservation organization.

Garden in the Woods is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and on holiday Mondays. The Garden’s summer exhibit, Native Buzz: Creative Container Gardening for Pollinators is on display through August 31.

Native Buzz consists of 14 innovative container gardens conceived and constructed by exhibitors in three categories; youth, amateur, and professional. Award ribbons were given when the exhibit opened June 15.

However, voting for the People’s Choice Awards is ongoing through Tuesday, August 16. The People’s Choice Award ribbons will be announced Wednesday, August 17, at a party in the evening.

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The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Founded in 1900, the Society is a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world.

From this base, 35 staff and more than 1,000 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. Classes and courses on botany, conservation, horticulture, and many field trips are scheduled in a variety of locations all over New England.

The Society also operates a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts, which grows plants for retail customers and for landscaping and restoration projects, and has eight sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public.

When the Native Buzz closes at the end of August, plants from three of the container displays will live on at a newly established Butterfly Garden at Nobscot Park in Framingham. Plants from Ms. Polly Nator and Tranquility, as well as Balconies-A-Buzz, all designed and planted by members of the Framingham Garden Club, Inc. will take their place in a butterfly attracting perennial garden there. The pocket park, located on Edgell Road near Water Street in Framingham, is one of three gardens that the Framingham Garden Club, Inc. plant and maintain.

The Framingham Garden Club, Inc. welcomes new members. It is an entirely volunteer organization composed of energetic individuals who share a love of gardening and designing. They work and have fun together while growing their knowledge and skills, and working to protect and conserve the environment within our community. Their fundraising is primarily to support their commitment to instilling in youth a love of gardening and respect for the environment.

Requests for Framingham Garden Club, Inc. membership information may be sent to ruhev@aol.com.

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