JANUARY 2017
 and Two Winter Lecture Series, Below

at Fresh Pond Reservation

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water Department

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
You will receive information on parking when you register. Registration information is below.


New Year's Day Bird Walk 
Date: Sunday, January 1 
Time: 10 am to  12 noon
Meeting Place:
Register for location and parking information

Start the New Year right and take part in an annual tradition by going on a bird walk at Fresh Pond! We will use a telescope to get close-up looks at waterfowl on the Pond and binoculars to identify the over-wintering songbirds in the trees and in the Lusitania Wetland Meadow. Led by Nancy Guppy.  Hats, gloves, and warm boots are essential.  Beginners are welcome, as are children with an adult. We will lend you binoculars and show you how to use them.To register and for parking and meeting information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.


Winter Nature Storytime

Dates: 2nd & 4th Fridays, January 13 & 27 
Time: 10 to 11 am

Meeting Place: Art Room at Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for nature story time at Fresh Pond! Children and their caretakers are welcome to join us for some arts and crafts, followed by nature story time. We will read about winter and what humans and wildlife do during this time. Bring warm clothes and go for a winter walk after story time is over! Please feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com. to RSVP or with any questions. Directions: Enter the back building and turn left. The art room is at the end of the hall on the first floor. 


Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania field

Date: Friday January 20 
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Meeting Place: Mahr Park Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

We will monitor wildlife by sign, track, or presence, and make note of weather, state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. On these monthly walks, help chart the seasonal changes of some of our most active wildlife spots, or simply come and enjoy the walk.  Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. Attend one or the series and develop your ability to take in more of the reservation. No dogs please! Extreme weather cancels.  For more info or to RSVP, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov.


Tree Scavenger Hunt

Date: Sunday January 22 
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm

Meeting Place: Please register for meeting location

Join us for a look at some of our trees in Kingsley Park and learn how to tell them apart in the winter based on buds, bark, and branching patterns. We’ll be outside for the first part of our program and then go inside, have some hot chocolate and talk about what we found.  We’ll be walking off trail so come prepared!  If the weather is extreme we’ll just change it up and do it inside. Please RSVP by January 19th to jrogers@cambridgema.gov.

 Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper
Date: Sunday, January 22
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Meeting Place:
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Help us celebrate over fifteen years of educational programs and stewardship during the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation’s annual winter gathering! Enjoy good food, visit with other folks who love Fresh Pond, and learn about the activities of the Friends group. After the potluck supper, we will briefly review what we have accomplished this past year, then share ideas for future programs and projects at Fresh Pond in a relaxed roundtable discussion. Come and bring a friend. Newcomers are welcome. Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

"More than Honey" Documentary Screening
Date: Monday, January 30
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
First floor of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Taking a journey through the honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China, and Australia, this 2012 documentary explores the phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder”, and how it will impact humanity. Director and writer, Markus Imhoof travels from the different regions to interview beekeepers’ work to preserve their colonies. This documentary is well-researched, fascinating, and contains some amazing footage as well. Please email fpr@cambridgema.gov for directions to meeting location.


Follow registration directions
included with each program description

You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration or inquiry.

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New England Wild Flower Society's


The following classes are part of our Urban Gardening Series a set of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by Society staff in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission, these FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Naturalistic Gardening 
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge
Some prefer the pomp and precision of a formal landscape, while others enjoy gardens inspired by nature. Learn how to take inspiration from the mountains, rivers, and fields of New England and create beautiful, naturalistic gardens. Dan Jaffe will cover every topic from plant selection and layout to sustainable practices.
 Plants for the Winter Garden
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge
It’s relatively easy to design a garden for the height of spring; more challenging is creating a garden that looks beautiful in the dead of winter. Come learn about the many native plants that offer winter interest and how they can help your garden shine in winter Instructor:  Mark Richardson

Pests of Urban Gardens 

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Designing a garden for a small space is enough of a challenge. But once you have created one, how do you fend off the uninvited guests? Although insects, critters, fungi, and other plant diseases are part of gardening, there are ways to discourage the most destructive pests. Bring your questions, and let’s find a solution!. Instructor:  Mary Sullivan

These FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.


























Grow Native Massachusetts
A FREE public lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
First Wednesdays, February through May
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Nurturing the Liberated Landscape
Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Larry Weaner, Author of Garden Revolution & Founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants.  But a more dynamic and rewarding approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them.  Learn how designer Larry Weaner utilizes the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to create engaging, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature.  Using examples from his own property and from client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach results in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.

Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His work is nationally recognized and has received awards from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Club of America, and others. His new book, Garden Revolution, is a “must read” for all who seek to integrate landscape design with ecological processes.

The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed:,
Why, When, and How
Date: Wednesday, March 1 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Randi Eckel, Founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm
As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions.  These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood by gardeners to successfully grow native plants from seed. Come for a far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike.

Randi Eckel has been studying native plant seed propagation and plant-insect interactions for over thirty years.  She is the founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm, which supplies both seeds and plants of species native to eastern North America.


How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Annie White, Landscape Designer & Adjunct Professor, UVM 
Initiatives to address pollinator decline are widespread and native plants are the preferred choice for pollinator habitat restoration. The growing demand for natives, coupled with a longstanding desire of horticulturalists for enhanced bloom, color, or other characteristics, has led to the increased selection and breeding of native cultivars. Although these cultivars are typically marketed for their ecological benefits, until now there have been no scientific studies to support or refute these claims. So are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as the true native species? Annie White will help answer this question by sharing the results of four years of field data. Her research is groundbreaking and remarkable.


Annie White is the founder of Nectar Landscape Design Studio and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont. She earned her MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent PhD in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Vermont was focused on this exceptional new research on native plant cultivars.


The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden:
Maintenance, Interpretation and Compromise 

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden at the NYBG 
The New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes “native” in species selection and the use of cultivars. This very public landscape presents native plants in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on aesthetics over recreating habitat. Michael will share his observations about how the public perceives and responds to the value of this native plant palette, along with ideas for inspiring others to “go native.”

Michael Hagen is Curator of both the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG. He previously served as Staff Horticulturist for over 11 years at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, New York and was Garden Manager at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy. 

All of these Grow Native Massachusetts Lectures are FREE and open to the public.
You do not need to register or sign up - just come.

Visit the  GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS website to learn more about growing native plants