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Friends of Fairsted Lecture: December 1, 2016

NELDHA is a proud sponsor of the Friends of Fairsted lectures. The next lecture, From the Granite Garden to West Philadelphia: Restoring Nature & Communities by Anne Whiston Spirn will be on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline Massachusetts. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.



Connecticut College Arboretum will hold its Annual SALT Symposium on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Smaller American Lawns Today, SALT, is a movement introduced in June of 1997 by Dr. William A. Niering, professor of botany at Connecticut College. The SALT mission is to decrease the size of lawns in America by restoring home grounds to more harmonious, productive, ecologically sound and naturalistic landscapes. SALT offers an alternative vision of the monocultured lawn. This event is co-sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society.

Weather, Herbs and Apples - New Courses at Mass Hort

david_epsteinLooking Ahead to Winter with David Epstein Wednesday, November 9, 7-8:30pm

What can people, plants and pets expect over the next several months? After a dry summer, will the weather turn cold and snowy or are we in for another easy winter? David Epstein of WBUR and will let us know what to expect.

Mass Hort Lecture on the History of Botanical Art


Govan_HeadshotIn conjunction with its Highgrove Florilegium Exhibit, our affiliate, Massachusetts Horticultural Society is pleased to present a lecture by Carol Govan on The History of Botanical Art on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, surrounded by beautiful facsimiles in the Highgrove Florilegium and historic prints from Mass Hort’s collection. This lecture will enhance your experience of the exhibit and knowledge of botanical art. 

Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, color and details of plant species with the goal of scientific accuracy. Govan will give us an overview of plant images created for various audiences through the ages. The first botanical illustrations were in herbals for medicinal use. Later florilegia described new and unusual plants discovered during colonizing efforts. Finally, scientific collections including floras, all plants in a particular area, and monographs or collections showing one plant family, show many beautiful botanical illustrations. 

Carol Govan is a professional artist, botanical illustrator and teacher. She teaches a variety of courses combining science and art at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the New England Wild Flower Society, the Audubon Society and the Arnold Arboretum. She is on the faculty for the Certificate of Botanical Art at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Member Cost: $15, Non-Member Cost $25

Guests will have the opportunity to visit the Exhibit before and after the lecture.

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Mass Hort Presents the Highgrove Florilegium February 11th to March 12th


Our affiliate Massachusetts Horticultural Society is hosting an Opening Reception for its Exhibition of watercolor facsimiles of the Highgrove Florilegium. The reception is on February 11, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hunnewell Carriage House.  Opening remarks by Susanne Dowdall, volunteer docent from the Museum of Fine Arts will discuss the exhibit. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Mass Hort Members: $30, Non-Members: $40. Please register by February 10th by clicking here. For additional information call 617-933-4945. All proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library.

The Highgrove Florilegium is an exquisite two-volume set of 124 facsimile botanical watercolors of plants from TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s garden at his family estate in Gloucestershire, England. Seventy-three renowned international artists painted the watercolors. The Highgrove Exhibit includes books and framed botanical prints from the collection.

Starting on February 12, 2016, the Exhibition is free and open to the public. In addition to viewing a selection of images from the Highgrove Florilegium, visitors will have the opportunity to view the exquisitely crafted books that contain these beautiful facsimiles. Visit for opening times. Docent led tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more for a small fee. Contact Librarian Maureen Horn for more information at Image Cyathea australis. Addison Publications.

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