Events in Norfolk and Across New England

Evenings with Experts: 2020
Sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts
Dates:  First Wednesdays February through May 2020
Time:   7:00-8:30 pm
Place:   Harvard University Science Center Hall 8, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge


Deigning with Plant Communities presented by Dan Jaffee
Date:  Wed April 1, 2020
Place: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

All too often, during the design process, we think of plants on an individual or species basis. Yet in the landscape, plants are constantly interacting with one another in intricate ways. What happens if we create planting plans focused on complete systems rather than collections of individuals? Join us to learn how to create healthy, resilient plant communities that are beautiful and ecologically vibrant. Dan Jaffe will discuss how to select and combine the right species for specific site conditions, and how this community-oriented approach can be applied to plantings of all sizes.

Dan Jaffe is passionate about ecological horticulture, and enhancing the wildlife value of every landscape. Prior to joining Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, he was the senior plant propagator at Garden in the Woods. He is the co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, which features his captivating photographs.

Native Bees: Our Pollination Powerhouses presented by Heather Holm
Date:  Wed May 6, 2020
Place: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Native bees are the most important and effective pollinators for our flowering plants. Although they play a crucial role in sustaining biodiversity, they are poorly understood and under threat from human activity. Heather Holm will teach us how to recognize common bee genera, and enlighten us about their fascinating life cycles, nesting habitat, and foraging needs. Come learn more about the mutualistic relationships that they have with native plants— a powerful reminder that the salvation of one is inextricably linked to the proper stewardship of the other.

Heather Holm is an expert on pollinators whose first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, brought her national attention. She is a sought-after speaker who is passionate about educating audiences. Her recent book, Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, won the 2018 American Horticultural Society.


“Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials” with John Root, Naturalist and Landscaper
Sponsored by grants from the Norfolk Grange and the Norfolk Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
Date:  Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Norfolk Grange, 28 Rockwood Road, Norfolk MA 

Learn how to welcome songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial organisms to your yards and neighborhood through this warm and engaging 90-minute interactive presentation. Open to the public at no charge; perennials for edible landscaping and attracting birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife will be offered for sale.


New England Plant Swap
Date: Sat June 6, 2020
Place: Adams Farm, Walpole, MA

For more information, go to https://newenglandplantswap.org .


Happy Birthday Norfolk!! ~ RESCHEDULED NEW DATE
Date:  Sat Sept 26, 2020
Time:  5:00 pm
Place:  King Philip Middle School, 18 King Street, Norfolk, MA
All Norfolk citizens are invited to celebrate Norfolk’s 150th Birthday at a dinner at the King Philip Middle School on May 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Citizens from North
Wrentham and Norfolk from three centuries of our history will be Time Travelers so they can take part in the celebration and wish Norfolk a Happy Birthday.
Come and enjoy a fun evening with unusual conversation, a delicious dinner, an art show of Hamlin paintings and music by the King Philip Chamber musicians. (And there will be centerpieces by the Garden Club of Norfolk!)Tickets are $40.00 plus a
processing fee and will be sold on the Historical Commission webpage starting April 1, 2020 or in the Town Clerks office. Only 250 tickets will be sold.