02Jul/17

Friends tour Heritage Gardens

The Friends’ spring Field Trip took them to Heritage Gardens in May.  They toured the rhododendron gardens, the antique auto collection, and the American Art & Carousel gallery.  Although the rhodies were in full bloom, it seems the hit of the tour was the carousel.  Claire Tyner and Kathy Budreski displayed their skilled horsemanship.

Afterwards, the group had lunch at the Daniel Webster Inn before heading for home.

Keep your eyes open for information on the Friends’ fall field trip.

Photos by Julie O’Neil

06Jun/17

2017 Plant Sale Highlights

Whew! The Plant Sale & Native Plant Marketplace 2017 was terrific.

Lined up and waiting to open

At 9:00 nearly 40 people were lined up and waiting for the door to open. By the end of the day, hundreds of plants had headed for new homes with happy customers, and the Friends had brought in more than $4500 to support the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

Sales were brisk under the tent

Dozens of plants donated from the gardens of CCMNH Friends and supporters made a beautiful display under the big tent, where Gardening For Life volunteers offered help and information to shoppers.

Just a sample of the available inventory

Michael Talbot

A highlight of the sale was the presence of Michael Talbot of Talbot Ecological Land Care, who provided expert advice to the buyers of the nearly 1000 native plants that were potted up for sale by volunteers in early spring.

And the folks from Edible Landscapes presented an array of familiar and unfamiliar herbs, peppers, squash, and dozens of other edibles, and information on how to grow and eat them.

 

Edible Landscapes

Thank you to all our donors, especially
Orleans United Methodist Church
Garden Club of Brewster
Agway of Cape Cod
Bayberry Gardens
Wilkinson Ecological Design
Snow’s Home & Garden
and Crocker Nurseries

Thank you donors!

Now let’s hope for sun and just enough rain. Happy gardening!
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01May/17

Native Plants Potted

A hearty thank you to all who swam out for Potting Day 2017!

We had a dozen CCMNH Friends & volunteers in the morning, and whizzed through the planting. In fact, several volunteers had to be forced to go in out of the rain and have lunch, so that there would be enough left for the visiting Vermont teenagers (photo above) who were on a service trip to the Cape.

About 14 teenagers descended on the tent after lunch and in an hour and a half had potted up the remaining 200 seedlings, before heading out through the rain for a hike to Wing’s Island.

Everyone was good-natured despite the constant drizzle and occasional downpour.

If you missed Potting Day, you can join us any Thursday morning at 9 for Thirsty Thursdays, when we water, weed, and do other interesting gardeny things.

17Apr/17

Native Plants Potting Day

Tuesday April 25, 10 am

Gardening for Life will gather to pot up native seedlings to be sold at the Friends annual Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace June 3.

There will be lots to do, anyone willing to get their hands dirty to support the Friends are welcome to join in the fun!

For more info about the plant sale click here.

 

04Apr/17

GFL Lecture Series: Native Plants

Attractive Plants for Cape Cod Gardens
with Michael Talbot
Sunday, April 9, 2017
1 – 2:30 pm
To buy tickets online click here.

Michael Talbot, owner
Talbot Ecological Land Care
talbotecolandcare.com

Ready to add native plants to your garden? You can have an attractive, functional landscape that protects and even enhances the fragile environment of the Cape and the Islands. Ecological land care and design is safer for families and pets, and for the wildlife – such as birds and butterflies – that add interest and beauty to our lives.

The Cape-friendly landscape starts with an understanding of the site, the soils, the surrounding environment and the people who will use and enjoy it.  You can use native and appropriate plants with multiple seasons of interest in ways that reflect the varied habitats of our region, while still following the principles of attractive landscape design and maximum usefulness to people.

Michael Talbot, a recognized expert on Conservation Design and Restoration, was an early pioneer of organic lawn and landscape care on Cape Cod. He was a co-founder of the Ecological Landscaping Association, and he is a visiting lecturer at the University of Maine’s Landscape Horticulture Program. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.

Michael is the author of dozens of articles on horticultural topics. He has appeared on many radio and television programs, including The Victory Garden and New England Chronicle, sharing his expertise on ecological landscape design and care.

 

31Mar/17

GFL Lecture Series: Bird-Friendly Gardens

Bird-Friendly Gardens
with Nanette Masi
Sunday, April 2, 2017
1 – 2:30 pm
To buy tickets online click here.

Nanette Masi, owner
Back to Nature Landscape Design
bringnaturehome.com

What are the simple secrets to transforming your yard into a bird buffet and at the same time enhancing the beauty of your landscape? Discover how you can brighten your gardens with the colors and music of birds by using ornamental native plants. Add year-round beauty, and provide the best nutrition and cover birds need to thrive in our own New England gardens.

Does your landscape offer a “must-visit” invitation to your feathered friends? What are the secrets to transforming your yard into a bird buffet while at the same time enhancing the beauty of your landscape? Discover how you can brighten your gardens with a variety of colorful birds and surround yourself with their music by using ornamental native plants.

Native plants have evolved along with our local songbirds over eons. They’re well-adapted to our soil and weather conditions, making them the perfect choice for inviting birds into your backyard. We can add year-round beauty to our gardens while providing the best nutrition and cover local birds need to survive and thrive in New England.

Nanette Masi, M.Ed. shares her love of nature, photography, & education through her landscape design firm ‘Back to Nature.’ Her mission is to help people re-connect to the natural world, to enjoy the rewards of bird- & butterfly-watching, and to learn organic methods of gardening for their own health and the health of their community. With degrees in Botany, Ecology, & Science Education, certification as an organic landscape professional through NOFA, & years of organic gardening and design experience, she has been a guiding force in the creation of wildlife habitat gardens throughout the region, as well as a resource for schools, towns, conservation organizations & gardening associations.

 

15Mar/17

GFL Lecture: Kill Your Lawn!

Kill Your Lawn
with Mark Richardson
Sunday, March 26, 2017
1 – 2:30 pm
To buy tickets online click here.

Mark Richardson, Horticulture Director
New England Wild Flower Society
newenglandwild.org

Lawns are a soul-crushing timesuck, read the headline of a recent article on washingtonpost.com. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with beautiful, environmentally friendly native plantings.

According to NASA, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should kill your lawn and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings.

Mark Richardson is New England Wild Flower Society’s Horticulture Director. He oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. Mark studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.
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12Mar/17

Friends’ Meeting March 14: CANCELED

CANCELED due to WEATHER

FRIENDS MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, in the Auditorium
Potluck Lunch at 12 Noon

Program: Presentation by Don Wilding, Cape Cod Historian, Writer and Public Speaker

“A Cape Cod Sampler – The Portland Gale and The Blizzard of ’78”
In this special presentation, Don takes a look at the wreck of the steamship Portland in November 1898, and the Blizzard of ’78 on Cape Cod.

Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word.

​An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of the book, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore.” His next book, “A Brief History of Eastham,” is due to be published by The History Press in the summer of 2017.

​To visit Don Wilding’s website click here.