Shows & Events
New England Wild Flower Society
The New England Wild Flower Society is the oldest plant conservation organization in the United States, with a mission to promote the conservation of native plants through education, research, horticulture, habitat preservation, and advocacy. Although the headquarters are in Framingham, Massachusetts, the society offers classes all over New England. Topics include landscape design, winter twig identification, and a survey of new annuals and perennials. There are child- and family-focused classes too, including making a mini greenhouse and celebrating salamanders. For more information about the Society's education programs, events, and plant shop, visit the NEWFS Web site.
Favorite or New Plant
The Society of Municipal Arborists' 2009 Urban Tree of the Year is the Chinkapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii). Hardy in zones 3-9, this relatively large tree grows 40 to 60 feet tall and 50 to 60 feet wide. It grows slowly, producing sturdy branches on a well-formed trees. Chinkapin oak produces an abundance of small, sweet acorns which might disqualify it as a street tree were it not for the fact that the acorns are favorites of birds and other wildlife and disappear quickly. Learn more about the Society of Municipal Arborists at http://www.urban-forestry.com.