The folks at Mount Auburn Cemetery asked me to spread the word about their plans for National Public Gardens Day, coming up on Friday, May 11, 2012:
“We have a whole day’s worth of activities planned to raise public awareness about the great community resources available in public gardens (Mount Auburn is classified not only as a public garden, but also as an arboretum, and is always free to the public). We’ll be offering a free Early Morning Horticulture Club walk at 7 AM, followed by a proclamation by the President of the Watertown Town Council. We’ll then launch our smartphone app which is loaded with free self-guided tours throughout the Cemetery, and then our President will lead a special horticultural highlights tour emphasizing the diverse plant life in our landscape.”
More info is available here http://www.mountauburn.org/2012/nationalpublicgardensday/.
Hopefully the rain will end by Friday and we’ll have a beautiful day to celebrate our public gardens!
I’m hosting a neighborhood plant swap today with the coordinator of the McMath Community Garden (just across the commuter rail tracks). I was out digging up and dividing a bunch of perennials yesterday and plan to do some more today. I hope I’ll have some plant takers!
If you live in the North Cambridge area, please come by to share your extra plants, or pick up some free plants – or just encourage us! We’ll be out from 2 – 4 p.m.
We’ve had a wild turkey visiting Cambridge Cohousing for the last three days. One of my neighbors spotted it early Weds. morning, enjoying some bird seed under a bird feeder in the middle of our front lawn. It’s now taken to wandering around our front lawn and patio, sitting in a large planter in front of our dining room – which does kind of look like exactly the right size for a turkey nest, now that I think about it!
These photos are by Richard Curran, a talented photographer who is also one of my Cambridge Cohousing neighbors. (BTW, you can see more photos of his at the North Cambridge Open Studios this weekend.)
And a neighbor from next door came over and shot this short video of our wildlife star:
The turkey is not our only recent wildlife visitor. I put my hand into a heath plant yesterday afternoon and surprised a small snake. Last week, my husband surprised a possum in one of our compost bins. Of course, in both cases, the surprise was mutual.