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A beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid plant was among the author's favorite Christmas gifts received. (Photo (c) by Hilda M. Morrill)

Seasonal Chores
& Observations

The days are getting longer. Incredibly, in spite of low temperatures and recent snowfalls, we are still harvesting some salad greens and parsley from the vegetable garden, without the benefit of any row covers.

Every day our mailman delivers more plant and seed catalogs for us to peruse. The pictured plants are so pretty that we want them all. But, of course, we must be sensible...Read More...

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Prevent Deer Damage to Hostas

Houseplant Care During Vacation


February 06, 2016

Saturday, February 06 in Roslindale
Botany Blast: Plant Morphology - Arnold Arboretum - Free Admission

Saturday, February 06 in Jamaica Plain
Grafting Techniques for Ornamental Trees - Arnold Arboretum Workshop

Wednesday, February 10 in Lexington
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy - Lexington Field and Garden Club - Free Lecture

Friday, February 12 - Saturday, March 12 in Wellesley
Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition - Mass Horticultural Society

Saturday, February 13 in Great Barrington
Creating Your Own Garden Style: Berkshire Botanical Garden's Winter Lecture

Friday, February 19 in Wellesley
Cultivating Community in School Gardens: Conference - Mass Horticultural Society

Saturday, February 20 in Stockbridge
Pollinator-Attracting Landscapes... Beyond the Garden Border - Berkshire Botanical Garden

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Upon close examination, the center of an orchid blossom seems to imitate other fun "creatures." (Photo © by Hilda M. Morrill)

Horticultural Grants Available

The Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, Inc. (MMGA) is pleased to announce that MMGA grants are now available to the general gardening community.

The MMGA is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to share knowledge and experience with the public through outreach programs in education, horticulture and gardening.

The objective of the MMGA grants program is to encourage and sponsor horticultural and environmental education aimed at increasing the public's awareness of environmental issues and the practice of sustainable living.

Grants will be awarded to start, maintain, or upgrade public gardens as well as to produce or promote educational programming...
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