Events in Norfolk and Across New England

Evening with the Expert Series
Sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts

Kelly Norris headshot.New Naturalism: Lessons from Wild Plant Communities
presented by
Kelly D. Norris, Author, New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden
Date:  Wed April 28, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: Online (By Zoom Meeting)

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We are entering an era of purposeful and thoughtful gardening, where we strive to create landscapes that are both aesthetically beautiful and ecologically vibrant. Wild plant communities are a prime source of inspiration for naturalistic design, and understanding how plants interact and function within these environments is key to establishing successful plantings at any scale. Join author and hort-ecologist Kelly Norris in an exploration of North American wild plant communities and the flora within them. He will share how he interprets native ecosystems in the design of beautiful and functional residential landscapes, with plant layers and palettes defined by nature, not humans.

Kelly D. Norris is the author of New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden (February 2021), and previously served as the Director of Horticulture and Education for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

Desiree Narango headshot.Cultivating Wildlife Conservation with Native Plants
Presented by Desiree Narango, David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Date:  May 26, 2021
Time:  7:00 -8:30 pm
Place:  Online (By Zoom Meeting)

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iodiversity is declining at an alarming rate across the globe, and restoring wildlife habitat in urban and suburban green spaces is a crucial way we can stem this tide. To be effective in achieving this critical conservation goal, we need evidence-based guidelines to inform our landscaping decisions and plant selection. Desiree Narango will describe the ecological and evolutionary relationships between plants, pollinators, and songbirds— and highlight her compelling research on why native plants are the essential component of gardens that sustain biodiversity. She will also discuss specific findings from her research to help us identify the necessary proportion of native plants, as well as the plant best genera and species to use, if we are to create thriving wildlife habitat at home and in our communities.

Dr. Desiree Narango is a postdoctoral researcher and David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While earning her Ph.D. at the University of Delaware, she worked closely with Doug Tallamy on numerous research projects. Her focus is on understanding wildlife habitat relationships and plant-animal interactions in novel human-dominated landscapes.


Books in Bloom
Sponsored by the Southborough Gardeners and Southborough Librarians
Date: Thurs April 8, 2021 (rain date Fri April 9, 2021, noon -4 pm)
Time: noon – 4:00 pm
Place: View displays along the stone wall from the Pilgrim Church to the Southborough Library


Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Sponsored by NCTV and the Norfolk Lions
Weekly Raffle
Date: Beginning Sun April 11, 2021; Drawing Sat April 17,2021 at 3:00 pm

NCTV and the Norfolk Lions have teamed up to host a series of online raffles of goods and services donated by local Norfolk businesses! The proceeds of this raffle will go directly to Norfolk residents in need who have been hit hard by COVID-19 or faced other hardships.

Each week, one raffle basket will be featured and tickets can be purchased between Sunday morning and the following Saturday at 3pm. The winner will be drawn and announced on the following Sunday morning!

Raffle Tickets are $5 each; 3 TICKETS for $12; 7 TICKETS for $25


Art in Bloom
Sponsored by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Date: Fri April 30 to Mon May 3
Place: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA