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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.

Arnold Arboretum & Trinity Church Lecture: American Eden: What Our Gardens Tell Us about Who We Are


Wade Graham, Designer, Historian, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

1 Session: Tuesday, November 29, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Location: Trinity Church, Copley Square Boston

In his book, American Eden, Wade Graham argues that how we design and garden shows more than simply how green are our thumbs. Gardens reveal information about who we are as a nation—where we have come from, and where we might be headed. From ethics to aesthetics, from politics to political correctness, Graham will speak about the history of gardening in America and how it has shaped and been shaped by daily life.

Fee $15 Arboretum/Trinity member, $20 nonmember

Presented by the Arnold Arboretum and Trinity Church in the City of Boston.

Growing Potential: Gardening Behind Bars


The Arnold Arboretum and Trinty Church are offering a lecture by James Jiler, Founder of Urban Greenworks on Tuesday February 28, 2012 from 7-8:30 PM at Trinity Church.

Fee $15 member, $20 nonmember Offered with Trinity Church
in the City of Boston

NELDHA Members and Friends had a Fabulous Time at the Annual Tea

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NELDHA's Annual Tea was held at a new venue this year, Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, Massachusetts on November 8, 2011.  It was a great success with Members and Friends enjoying each other's company and the splendid delicacies prepared by Gaveston Catering of Dorchester, Massachusetts.  Garden Designer Sally Muspratt regaled our guests with an informative and entertaining description of her many travels with the Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. Sally's presentation included United States sites in California, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas as well as European sites at Chateau du Champs de Bataille, Le Bois des Moutiers, Chateau de Brecy, Le Jardin Plume, Chateau de Courances, Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte.

Melanie Neuman, owner of Fiori Secchi Gardens, Sudbury, Massachusetts and Board member Jennifer Kimball graced the hall with beautiful seasonal floral displays.

Special thanks to Board member Jon Hogan who chaired the event, Melanie and Jennifer. Thank you also to Board members Heidi Kost Gross, Kathi Keith, Maureen O'Brien, Laurie Pazzano and Janis Porter for all their assistance in making this event such a success. Thank you also to Mass Hort and its staff for its hospitality in making this event such a success. 

Upcoming Lectures sponsored by COG Design, MassHort, & Arnold Arboretum
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