Central MA Environmental Council to Host Garden Festival on May 17
Thursday, May 08, 2014
This year, the REC Food Justice staff are growing over 15,000 organic vegetable seedlings at the Holy Cross greenhous. There will be over 30 different types of organic vegetable seedlings for sale. In most cases, customers will be able to choose from up to four different varieties of a particular plant.
Live music, food, and hands on learning
The festival portion will include a variety of free urban gardening workshops, live music, food, and a fun assortment of children’s activities.
Libby the Library Express will team up with the REC Mobile Market to provide lots of hands on learning opportunities for both children and adults. Community members are also invited to help create a mural for the YouthGROW farm. The mural project is funded by the Worcester Arts Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Community support for this event directly benefits the REC UGROW (Urban Gardening & Resources of Worcester) community and school garden network.
Stacie Brimmage, UGROW Coordinator said,“The money raised helps us support a network of 61 gardens (18 at Worcester Public Schools) with soil testing services, compost deliveries, urban gardening workshops, and organic seeds and seedlings. I see the Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale as a one stop shop where people can satisfy their gardening needs, and enjoy an all-out block party. The street is lined with community organizations sharing the good work they do in the community, the mobile market will be chock full of delicious eats, and we always have an awesome line up of musical performers.”
The UGROW network of community gardens began in 1995 and still operates through a grassroots, “from the ground up” process. The UGROW community gardens help build community by connecting neighbors with one another, including people of all ages and backgrounds. Together these gardens produce over 15,000 pounds of food annually.
The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. is a grassroots, non-profit organization in Worcester, Massachusetts–New England’s second largest city. Founded in 1971, REC has been dedicated to building healthy, sustainable and just communities in Worcester and beyond for over 40 years.
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Bay State African Violet Show
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
April 26, 2014 to April 26, 2014
The Bay State African Violet Society puts on another spectacular show featuring America’s favorite houseplant, the African Violet. All are welcome to enter their own plants and floral designs for judging to win ribbons and prizes. Participate in workshops on African Violet care. Start your own collection at the sale, where commercially grown plants and supplies are sold, along with plants grown by members.
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Bristol, Rhode Island.
Nothing says spring like tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils blooming at Blithewold. The sight of blooming flowers and budding trees help us forget a dreary winter and look forward to summer’s sun. Blithewold is a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens. On May 4, there is a Spring Flowering Tree Walk.
Spring Primrose Show
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
May 3, 2014 to May 4, 2014
The New England Chapter of the American Primrose Society presents dozens of varieties of primroses! Browse all the varieties and learn how to grow these colorful plants. Lectures will include “How to Grow Primroses from Seed”.
The 79th Annual Dogwood Festival
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church
May 2–4, 2014
For 79 years now, Greenfield Hill Church has welcomed the community to share in the beauty of spring at its annual Dogwood Festival. Enjoy music, antiques, kids activities and art and crafts amidst the beauty of the pink, white, and purple blooms.
May 11, 2014 to May 11, 2014
Every spring the Arnold Arboretum singles out the lilac to be honored with a daylong celebration. With more than 370 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America. The day includes tours of the lilacs, family activities, food vendors, and picnicking (on this special day only). The Arboretum is open from dawn to dusk.
Art in the Garden Festival
Cape Cod Art Association
May 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014
Come and celebrate art in the outdoors at Aselton Park. Cape Cod Art Association presents its first annual spring fundraiser, “Art in the Garden” sponsored by Hyannis Country Garden. Join a weekend of celebrating art in the outdoors including food vendors, music, children’s entertainment, and plein air painters. Hyannis Country Garden will be selling plants and offering demonstrations for incorporating garden art into your landscaping.
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