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27th Annual RI Historic Preservation Conference

The R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission presents the 27th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference—"Heritage In America’s Great Outdoors"— on Saturday, April 21. The all-day conference will provide an update on the latest efforts to establish a national historical park in the Blackstone River Valley and will showcase outdoor conservation, recreation, and heritage programs. Workshop topics include the development of recreational trails, historic cemeteries, and preservation tax credits. Tours will sample the region’s landscapes and architecture—industrial complexes, mill villages, historic farms, ethnic churches, and main streets in Woonsocket, Pawtucket, North Smithfield, Lincoln, Cumberland, Whitinsville, and Hopedale. Visit for more information.

NELDHA Member Denise King to present at Slow The Flow Workshop in Newburyport, MA


The Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Greenscapes and Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA) are presenting a Kick-off Workshop Slow the Flow on March 31, from 9-3, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, MA. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the public to the need for greenscapes in the Great Marsh, and how their actions will help preserve the natural and cultural resources. In the afternoon session - Real Solutions in Your Backyard, King will discuss landscaping with natives, Rain Gardens, and border plants. Principal of Denise King Landscape Designs, King earned a graduate design certificate from the Radcliffe Seminars Landscape Program, Radcliffe College in 1997. Volunteering for IRWA since 2007, she designed their Native Plant Demonstration Garden, Rain Garden and Wildlife Garden, and continues to work with volunteers to maintain the gardens.

NEDLHA's History Networking Group's Annual Slide Slam


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Join NELDHA on January 26, 2012, in the Fishbowl at the Boston Architectural College for History Networking Group's Annual Slide Slam. Bring your thumb drive of 8-10 slides of a recent visit to an interesting garden or landscape or sit back and enjoy your fellow professionals' trips vicariously!  RSVP to (781-893-7185).

Cavicchios Hosts a Lighting Workshop


Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc. Hosts two workshops on March 8, 2012 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

8-12 Intro to Landscape Lighting
1-5  LED Science & Installation
$50 per person call 978-639-6291 for more info.

COG Design and Mass Hort Cosponsor a talk by Jane Roy Brown


On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Jane Roy Brown will discuss One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place at Elm Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The talk is from 3 to 5 P.M. and includes tea, book sale and signing.

Roy describes the book as "The story of an iconic American writer and her passionate connection to her home garden, set against the extraordinary events of the early twentieth century. Richly illustrated with archival photos and recent images of the restored gardens."                                                                                                            

Eudora Welty’s Mississippi garden ran riot with the camellias, roses, and daylilies that she tended as zealously as her prose. The novelist, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for “The Optimist’s Daughter,” cultivated characters for her stories – along with the flowers that she grew – in her modest Jackson garden.

This new book by Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown looks at Welty’s enduring relationship with her garden, to which she turned as a respite from her travels and the pressures of making a living as a writer. The garden and house where Eudora Welty (1909-2001) lived and wrote is now a museum, and the garden has been restored to its heyday in the 1920s through the ’40s.

Welty’s letters, published for the first time in this book, reveal witty and telling observations about not only gardening, but also fellow gardeners. She wrote to a friend, “The delphiniums I planted in my ignorance have all bloomed like everything and are getting ready to bloom for the second time and Mother says the ladies of the garden club come over each day to worship and grit their teeth.”

Come hear Jane Roy Brown speak about “Miss Welty’s” garden and how its formation also offers a compelling look at the broader social trends of the time, including the flourishing of women’s civic involvement through garden clubs and the development of streetcar suburbs. Brown serves as director of educational outreach at the Library of American Landscape History. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe as well as in national publications.

Admission to the book talk is free but an RSVP is requested to . The event is co-sponsored by COGdesign  and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society .

COGdesign provides pro bono landscape design services to under-resourced community groups.  The Massachusetts Horticultural Society encourages the science and practice of horticulture and the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

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