Free Talk at the Waterworks Museum on May 27


Tour Historic Chestnut Hill Gardens on Saturday, June 6

In honor of its 100th anniversary, the Chestnut Hill Garden Club will be holding a garden tour on Saturday June 6th, 2015. Nine gardens in a small, walkable area within the Chestnut Hill Historic District, will be open for viewing and gardening inspiration.

Advance tickets are $35 person and can be purchased online. On the day of the event, tickets will be $40 per person and can be bought at First Church of Chestnut Hill (26 Suffolk Road).

Click Here to buy your tickets in advance

Click here to view the flyer in PDF format

For more information on the Chesnut Hill Garden Club, visit their website.

CHA annual cocktail party round up

Our annual cocktail party was a success, with gracious hosts, delicious food, and a rousing speech from CHA president Ken Lyons. Ken reminded us all of the work the CHA does to (1) help coordinate with the City of Newton on traffic and parking issues, (2) keep members abreast of Boston College and other neighborhood events, and (3) protect and eliven our special neighborhood. He also reminded us that the CHA is always looking for new volunteers to serve on committees.

Many thanks to all who came, those work volunteered their time to help make it a sucess, and especially to our wonderful hosts, Tenley Albright and Gerald Blakeley


Catherine Brigham, Friends of Houghton Garden leader Michele Hanss, and CHA president Ken Lyons


Marguerite D’Annolfo, Susan Mc Swain, Mark D’Annolfo


Jim Taylor, John Grandin, Preston McSwain

Newton Conservators Event: Fern Walk at Webster Woods

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On Saturday, June 20, the Newton conservators will host a nature walk in the Chestnut Hill.


The Webster and Cohen Conservation areas and the DCR Reservation form a large wooded expanse that stretches from the shopping malls of Route 9 almost to Newton Centre.The woods extend on both sides of Hammond Pond Parkway and both sides of the MBTA Riverside tracks and are home to 20 species of ferns and related plants.We will visit the southeast corner near Hammond Pond and see about a dozen kinds of ferns.Wear long plants to protect against poison ivy and bugs. If you have a hand lens, bring it. Bring any native fern you would like identified. Park and meet near the woods behind the shopping center, between the pond and Hammond Pond Parkway.

Trip Leader: Don Lubin, (617-254-8464),

For more information about Newton Conservators spring events, visit their website and view their spring events flyer.

Upcoming events at the Waterworks Museum

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The Waterworks Museum hase many events coming up in May, including:

Chestnut Hill Reservoir Landscape Walk and Talk with Marion Pressley. 

Take a historical tour of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir with Marion Pressley, landscape architect and principal of Pressley Associates. Pressley has expertise in cultural landscape and the preservation and restoration of public parks, institutions and private historic properties. Wear comfortable shoes. Event is fre and will go on, rain or shine.

Saturday May 23rd

11 am – 12:30 pm

Director’s Weekend Lectures

Sunday, May 17 : Water Supplies at Risk
12 – 1:30 pm, free
Water supplies in this country have endured two world wars, terrorism threats, natural disasters, environmental risks and the occasional aqueduct break. Marcis Kempe, Waterworks Museum executive director and retired MWRA engineer, will review the many threats that have arisen over the years and discuss how water suppliers have responded to protect public drinking water.

Sunday, May 31 : The History of the Boston Water System
12 – 1:30 pm, free

Turn on the faucet and clean water comes out. But where did it come from? How did it get there? Was it always so easy to get water to your home? Marcis Kempe, Waterworks Museum executive director and retired MWRA engineer, tells the complex and fascinating history of the water supply for Boston, the region and the state.

For more information on these and other events, visit the Waterworks Museum website.


Lower Falls Solar Open House – This Saturday, May 9 – from 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Lower Falls Solar Open House – This Saturday, May 9 – from 12:00 – 3:00 PM
77 Cornell Street
Across the street from the Lower Falls Community Center and sports fields
Please join us at a Lower Falls Solar Open House this Saturday, May 9.  Newton Solar Challenge and Green Decade Newton team members will be there to show a brand new solar installation.
  • See some actual solar panels, racking systems and solar equipment in the “close up” in the driveway!
  • Learn more about how solar works and looks
  • See design choices available to Newton homeowners, including all black systems
  • Learn more about The Village Bank’s new “solar loan”
For more information, please visit: