Events in April and May 2016

Swaps, Sales, and Tours

I just realized that one of my favorite plant swaps is tomorrow, a week earlier than last year. So I'm sharing a rough list of events in the next month or so that I'm hoping to check out in the Boston area. Some are events I'm going to volunteer at to earn hours for my Master Urban Gardener Cert. For events I've been to, I put my tips in italics.

If you've got an event to add, email me and I'll try to update it. I don't really have an event calendar set up yet, but that might be something I look into adding to the blog.

Spring 2016 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP

Saturday April 23 (early this year—NOT in May)
NOON to 2 pm
at Fayette Park
(near the corner of Broadway and Fayette St.)

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please do write down the names of plants. We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever." Feel free to just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening.

I've been going to the Mid-Cambridge Swap for a few years now - I love the friendly atmosphere. Don't be afraid to ask for help choosing a plant for your garden. Put your name on Helen's email list for helpful non-intrusive updates on garden events in Cambridge. my post from two years ago

Waltham Fields Seedling Sale

Sat, May 7 9-4
And Sat May 14! at Waltham Fields
Organically grown vegetable and herb seedlings for
your home and community garden plots

I pre-ordered some herb, pepper, and eggplant seedlings from Waltham fields this year. They look great, especially the rosemary and lavender seedlings.

Watertown Life-friendly Garden Tour

Sun. May 8, 1:30 to 5
Showcases gardens free of synthetic chemicals for at least a year. Admission is free.

I didn't get to all the gardens this year but I really enjoyed the tour. The garden hosts were friendly and helpful and there was a nice range of gardens - from sun to shade and long established to new projects. For instance, my MasterUrbanGardener friend Megan (above) showed what sort of garden transformation can be accomplished in just a year with a lot effort and a ton of mulch.

City Natives Plant Sale

Sat. May 14 10-2
City Natives Nursery in Mattapan, MA

All of your spring planting needs, from heirloom vegetable seedlings and native perennials to organic fertilizers and salt marsh hay. Come at 11:00 for a container gardening workshop. event info

I didn't make it to the sale, but I did have a good time volunteering at City Natives the day before. The plants looked great!

Brighton Garden & Hort Society Plant Sale

Sat, May 14 10-noon (or sell-out)
640 Washington St, Brighton MA

Annuals, perennials, and vegetables and more.
event info on facebook

Spring Perennial Divide

Sunday, May 15 10-2
Southwest Corridor Community Farm
(Lamartine St. and Hoffman St.) in Jamaica Plain, MA

Bring perennials to share and containers to take home new plants. Share your favorite plants and discover new ones for this year's garden. event info

Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour

Thursday, May 19 9-5
The regular ticket price is $55. Advanced sale tickets are available (until midnight Wednesday May 18) for a reduced price of $45. event info

Arlington Garden Club Plant Sale

Sat. May 21, 9 to 12,
Jason Russell House (corner of Mass Ave & Jason St.), Arlington Plants, pots, books, etc. Master gardeners on hand to answer questions.

I suggest getting to this one as early as possible - great deals on good plants and people are lurking around ready to pounce as soon as they start selling. Bring a box or tray to carry your stuff. my post from last year

Spring Plant Sale: South End

Sat, May 21 10-2
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Lawn
41 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA

Everything from heirloom vegetable seedlings and native perennials to organic fertilizers and salt marsh hay. event info

Tower Hill Plant Sale

Sat, May 21 members 9-11, public 11-2
11 French Dr, Boylston, MA 01505

Plant Sale requires General Admission for non-members but you can visit the gardens before and after the sale. event info and vendor list

Plot Talk: Soil Testing

Thursday, May 26 5:30-6:30
Belmont Victory Gardens
Rock Meadow, Belmont MA

Kathy Martin of Skippy's Vegetable Garden will join me at the Belmont Food Collaborative Plot (#132) to demonstrate how to prepare soil samples and interpret the test results. If you have your own soil test results, feel free to bring them. We'll also talk about organic soil amendments. This is open to the community - no rain date, if we have to cancel, I'll post it here on the blog.

Check out Belmont Food Collaborative's projects and consider volunteering to help tend their Food Pantry gardens.

Gore Place Plant Sale

May 27-29 9-4
52 Gore St., Waltham, MA 02453
event info

Vegetables, herbs, annuals, and hanging baskets.

I'm sure I missed some. Be sure to check out the library for workshops, the Trustees website is a great resource for all sorts of events, workshops, and classes.