Environment & Nature Production Gallery

Jul 25, 2017 The central purpose for this workshop is summed up by the landscape designer Darrel Morrison, who wrote, “The naturally evolved associations of native plants within a particular range can provide both information and inspiration for the design of gardens and landscapes that are ecologically sound and aesthetically satisfying.” Quite simply, a solid understanding of plant communities is... more
Jul 25, 2017 Soil is the vital but often overlooked foundation of any landscape. It dictates the drainage in the area, affects which plants will grow well there, and can even impact a site’s susceptibility to certain invasive species. Soil scientist John Swallow will guide us through the background a designer needs to know to make a landscape plan that is well suited to their site, and to develop a system of... more
Jul 25, 2017 Have you ever opened a nursery catalogue and been overwhelmed by the vast selection of species? Or been frustrated that ‘part-sun, well-drained’ explains so little about where a plant might like to grow? One of the many advantages to working with a native plant palette is that we are surrounded by opportunities to get to know these plants in context, where they grow in “remnant” ecosystems all... more
Jul 25, 2017 Did you know that the brilliant red color of a Northern Cardinal comes from the fruits that the cardinal eats? Birds depend heavily on native plants for food, shelter, and even the color of their feathers. Avian populations are greatly impacted by changes in local plant communities, and because of this response, scientists use birds as an important indicator of biodiversity and habitat quality.... more
Jun 29, 2017 Cynthia Mead from Zoo New England joins us to talk about the Brew at the Zoo happening at the Franklin Park Zoo in August. The Cambridge Calendar television program pulls together details on all the events in Cambridge - so that you don't have to! We aggregate community calendars from the city government, local non-profits, universities, and community groups and present it all in a condensed 15... more
Jun 29, 2017 Jane Pickering joined us this month to talk about all the programs at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. We covered their Summer Science Weeks offerings for school children, as well as the collections in the museums, and even got a handful of dinosaur poo to boot. The Cambridge Calendar television program pulls together details on all the events in Cambridge - so that you don't have to... more
May 8, 2017 Fresh Pond Reservation is truly Cambridge's green gem - an urban wild that protects Fresh Pond, Cambridge's in-city drinking water reservoir. Fresh Pond Day is the Cambridge Water Department's annual tribute to this unique Reservation that is a vital natural resource, an invaluable sanctuary for wildlife, and a beloved recreational escape in the City. So...let's give Fresh Pond the celebration,... more
Mar 16, 2017 Our third annual Native Plant Sale! Adding native plants to your garden is the best way to support biodiversity in your neighborhood— including bees, butterflies, birds, and much more. We will be selling a wide variety of native plants, including: Perennials · Ferns · Grasses · Shrubs · Trees We source our plants from more than eight nurseries around New England, to bring together a range of... more
Jan 6, 2017 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... more
Jan 6, 2017 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... more
Jan 6, 2017 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... more
Jan 6, 2017 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... more
Jul 27, 2016 Saturday, August 6th, 2-3:30pm, rain date Sunday Parade starts at 2pm at the Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway Join us to celebrate the growth of our monarch caterpillars into beautiful butterflies, and wish them luck on their long migration to Mexico. A family-friendly parade, open to all (costumes and noisemakers welcome) will take us from the Water Treatment Facility to Lusitania Meadow... more
Jul 24, 2016 The Charles River Conservancy offers residents the opportunity to swim in the Charles River at the fourth annual City Splash event. They also announced the completion of a feasibility study for a permanent swimming location at North Point Park. more
May 18, 2016 Fresh Pond Reservation is truly Cambridge's green gem - an urban wild that protects Fresh Pond, Cambridge's in-city drinking water reservoir. Fresh Pond Day is the Cambridge Water Department's annual tribute to this unique Reservation that is a vital natural resource, an invaluable sanctuary for wildlife, and a beloved recreational escape in the City. So let's give Fresh Pond the celebration,... more
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Mar 30, 2016 Our second annual Native Plant Sale! Adding native plants to your garden is the best way to support biodiversity in your neighborhood— including bees, butterflies, birds, and much more. We will be selling a wide variety of native plants, including: Perennials · Ferns · Grasses · Shrubs · Trees We source our plants from more than ten nurseries around New England, to bring together a range of... more
Feb 12, 2016 Even with temperatures approaching 0˚ F., the robins that stay around all winter need to get out and find food. One place to look for birds of all kinds at this time of year is in the row of red-fruited crabapple trees along the pedestrian overpass at the corner of Memorial Drive and Magazine. On Thursday, February 11, the trees were crowded with robins; they seem to wait until the tiny apples... more
Jan 19, 2016 Few wild places remain in today’s world, making it ever more important to bring ecological principles back into the design of our managed landscapes. Much more than simply using native plants, this work necessitates understanding plant communities and embracing a new form of design that marries horticulture with ecology. Join us as we translate the ecological principles of wild plant communities... more
Jan 19, 2016 Our native spring wildflowers evolved in the once contiguous forests that stretched the length of the East Coast and west to the prairies. Their flowering coincides with increased sunlight and warmth before the forest canopy leafs out, and their associations with the early-flying insects of spring are remarkable. Come learn about the life cycles of selected species in detail— and why many... more
Jan 5, 2016 If we are to make our residential landscapes truly living ecosystems once again, we need to understand the specialized relationships that make plants and animals interdependent. Who better to take us on an in-depth journey into this fascinating and complex world than Doug Tallamy? He will give us detailed examples of these co-evolutionary relationships, showing us how they determine the stability... more

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