Alert: Wasps Nests in Houghton Garden

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Neighbors, please be on the look out for a wasp nest in the pathways of Houghton garden. A local resident was swarmed there recently and wanted to alert others. See areas circled in red on the map above for approximate location.

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A Thank You to Houghton Garden Volunteers

Many thanks to our friends and neighbors who helped clean up Houghton Garden in early April. It was the largest number of volunteers that we have had since the effort began fifteen years ago. The park looks well cared for which could not have happened without everyone pitching in. It was fun to work together and then to join Bob Hanss who hosted a cookout and picnic creating an opportunity for neighbors of all ages to relax and (re)connect with old and new friends.

Please join us next spring!

Our neighborhood is fortunate to have such a lovely natural area for respite and restoration in our busy lives. Unless we, as stewards, give something back in the form of care and concern for this site, this could easily turn into a neglected and less desirable open space in our backyards.

Michele and Susie

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Help clear invasive plants out of Houghton Garden – June 2

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Garlic Mustard Pull

Saturday, June 2nd

9:30am -12:00pm

Houghton Garden.

Sponsored by the Friends of Houghton Garden and the Newton Conservators.

For more information on this event and other invasive plant pulls soponsored by Newton Conservators, click here.

Houghton Garden Clean up on April 7th

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Spring Clean-up of Houghton Garden
 
Date and Time: April 7 at 9 AM…..(Michele says, “the snow will be gone”!)
Please bring gloves, a strong constitution and your sense of humor…
Meet at Houghton Garden (210 Suffolk Rd, Chestnut Hill)
Lunch will be provided by a surprise chef!
Please email Susan Lawrence (SLHL@mac.com) to sign up
Join us to have some fun as you take care of this lovely neighborhood spot.

Houghton Garden Clean up on April 2nd

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Come and join the Houghton Garden Clean up on Saturday, April 2, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided for those that toil!

 

For more information about the history and significance of this neighborhood treasure, visit the Chestnut Hill Garden Club website, where you can download a garden guide and trail map.

Newton Conservators spring events in Chestnut Hill

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Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am
Walk Around the Waban Hill Reservoir
Reservoir Drive and Woodlawn Drive intersection
Come take a short walk around the Waban Hill Reservoir site, the City’s newest open space, purchased this past spring using Community Preservation Act funds. Once a backup reservoir to the state’s water supply system, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) deemed it unnecessary and disconnected it prior to the sale. This 5-acre parcel in Chestnut Hill now falls under the jurisdiction of the Newton Parks and Recreation Department while the Newton Conservators hold its conservation restriction, ensuring it remains a passive park in perpetuity. The reservoir’s dam is steep but its water is entirely fenced for public safety and the pedestrian entry on Manet Road is accessible, leading to a level 1/4 miles walk on grass. Leader is Carol Schein, City of Newton’s Open Space Coordinator (617-796-1507).
Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.
Webster Woods Walk
Meet at the end of Warren Street
Come and hopefully see the beautiful Lady’s Slipper orchids during a 90 minute walk through the Newton Webster Conservation area, including the Vale and Bare Pond. Leader: BU Professor of Plant Ecology and life-long Newton resident Richard Primack (617-332-1684).
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Sunday, June 12, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Houghton Garden/Webster Invasives Pull
Meet opposite 210 Suffolk Road
We are tackling garlic mustard and black swallow-wort near the entrance of Houghton Garden where it borders the T Track crossing to Webster Woods and near the deer park. Help us keep these invatders out of Houghton Garden! Leader is Katherin Howard, 617-527-1796 (home) or 617-721-2571 (cell).
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Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
Houghton Garden Fern Walk
Meet at the intersection of Suffolk Road and Woodman Road
This garden remains from the Houghton Estate and is now owned by Newton. The garden, lightly managed now, retains a variety of flowering plans and a surprising diversity of ferns. We will see more than a dozen fern species and one club-moss. Leader: Don Lubin (617-254-8464)