Events in Norfolk and Across New England

Northeast Region Perennial Plant Symposium
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society & the Perennial Plant Association
Date: Tue August 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, ElmBank, Hunnewell Building, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 

Symposium is open to all levels of gardeners and professionals. This year’s symposium includes four presentations led by some of the perennial industry’s best. Pre-registration required.
Cost: Early Bird: $99, After August 18: $125 (Price includes lunch)

In Celebration of Trees Walkabout and Book Signing with Dr. Michael Dirr
Date: Sat September 7, 2019
Location: UMass Amherst
There will be a choice of two 2 1/2 hour walkabouts around the UMass campus guided by Professor Dirr, followed by a book signing of his new The Tree Book. Lunch is included with your registration.
Preregistration is required, as each walk will be limited to 30 participants. rain or shine.
Cost: $95
For most people who work with trees, Dr. Michael Dirr needs no introduction. He is the author of numerous books on woody plants that have become staples on our desks. His fingers are always on the pulse of the nursery industry, scouting for new introductions, and having He has established several arboreta, consults on tree selection, and has penned tree guides for many campuses. The green industry has tremendously  benefited from his keen interest in evaluating trees and his enthusiasm to share it with us.

Cactus and Succulent Annual Show and Sale
Dates:  Sat and Sun Sept 14 and 15, 2019
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Place:  Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

2019 Show Details

  • Show Times: 9 AM – 4 PM, both days.
  • Sale Time: 9 AM – 4 PM, Saturday Only
  • Weekend-long displays of common and rare Cacti and Other Succulents.
  • Many examples of WINTER HARDY cacti and succulents that you can grow right here in New England!
  • Experts on hand to guide you through the many plant families on display.

Admission is FREE (plus, one free plant to the first 50 visitors each day!

Inspiration for Next Year’s Garden

2019 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium
Date:  Sat Sept 28, 2019
Time:  8:30 am – 3:45 pm
Place:  Westford Academy, 30 Patten Road, Westford, MA

Early Bird registration is now open!   Register today for our star-studded 2019 Symposium, “Inspiration for Next Year’s Garden.” But first, climb into the MMGA time machine and take a trip with us back to this year’s Symposium, where the day’s final announcement brought attendees to their feet! (Well, okay. Forgive us a bit of hyperbole: at the end of a day packed with lectures, shopping and socializing, we were still sitting but definitely energized.)  

Our “sneak preview” announcement? The 2019 Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th and will include two international celebrities in horticulture/garden design:

  • Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter House & Gardens, East Sussex, England (family home of the late Christopher Lloyd) will be speaking on “Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way.”
  • Jacqueline van der Kloet, acclaimed Dutch garden designer, is credited with breathing new life into classic Dutch tulips by interplanting them with annuals and other perennials. She will be speaking on “Magical Mixes.”

As planning for the fall 2019 event continued, in last month’s newsletter we shared even more exciting news: our third 2019 speaker will be Matt Mattus, a Worcester native, award-winning blogger, plant society leader, and author of new book Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening.  

Last but definitely not least, we are now pleased to report that our 2019 lineup is complete: Fergus, Jacqueline and Matt will be joined by Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden and winner of the Perennial Plant Society’s Young Professional award. Paul is especially passionate about what he calls “the opportunity of containers.” He will be speaking on September 28th on “Container Gardening: Four Seasons of Interest.” 

4-speakers.jpg As always, Symposium registration includes the four lectures, lunch, and access to the Garden Marketplace (think plants and garden décor!) and our popular Silent Auction, featuring unusual fall plant-ables as well as gift cards, tools, and other items donated by Master Gardeners, area nurseries and friends of the MMGA.    To ensure everyone a great experience, attendance is capped; and given our speaker lineup, we expect to fill up fast. Early Bird pricing is in effect. For additional information and to register for the 2019 Symposium, click here.     Questions? Contact us at     P.S. The Symposium is open to gardeners of all levels of experience, from novices to Master Gardeners. Registration makes a great holiday gift for yourself or a gardening friend.

Stony Brook Fall Fair
Sponsored by the Stony Brook Nature Center
Date: Saturday, Oct 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:108 North Street, Norfolk, MA 02056

6th Annual Wood Duck Derby

(Race starts at approximately 2 pm)
We are gearing up for our annual fall tradition, and this year promises to be better than ever! The 6th Annual Wood Duck Derby is taking place on Saturday, October 5, at Stony Brook during our Fall Fair. The fundraiser is sponsored in collaboration with the Norfolk Community League.

Wood Ducks (aka rubber ducks), which have been adopted by supporters of the fundraiser, will splash into the Stony Brook pond and race downstream towards the finish line to win great prizes for their adoptive parents.

The first duck to cross the finish line wins the Grand Prize of $750 cash! All proceeds will benefit Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and the Norfolk Community League.