Celebrate National Public Gardens Day (May 11, 2012) at Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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!

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Plant Swap Today!

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.

A Visit from a Wild Turkey

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.