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Plant Geek Day is about Knowledge, Networking & Fun! Back by popular demand, this expanded MCH day is for sharing a great educational opportunity with all nursery and landscape professionals within the industry.
Our Day's Agenda
7:30am Estate opens
8–9am Registration in carriage barn
9am Welcome tent behind mansion house (Mark, executive director)
and introduction to the Estate (staff)
9:30am Opportunity to take the “challenge”
10–10:45am Break-out session I (select one)
- Hands on presentation on Aesthetic pruning—Pruning for aesthetic
value, and health by Christie Dustman, MCH, Certified Landscape Designer
- Managing Invasives without Pesticides—by Debbie Merriam,
Landscape Director Wakefield Charitable trust
- Assessing Tree Health—by Greg Dorr ISA Certified Arborist
- Creating a compact backyard orchard—by Mark Smith Executive
Director of Wakefield Estates
11–11:45am Break-out session II (same sessions as above, select one)
12pm Box lunches on the piazza terrace and business meeting
Opportunity to tour the Davenport Mansion
1–2pm Tour of the Estate
- Tour 1: An overview of the Wakefield Estate landscape management plan
and how it was developed. Issues of dealing with a historic garden, deer
browsing, trees planted too close together and deteriorating specimens.
Tour leader: Debbie Merriam, Wakefield landscape director
- Tour 2: An overview of how the trust uses the Wakefield Estate resources
in backyard agriculture, programming, and education Erica Max education
and program director Wakefield Charitable trust
2pm Thank you and final remarks
2:15–3pm Grounds open for self-guided walks
The Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust promotes life-long participatory learning using the land and resources of the Wakefield Estate. Through fostering the connections between people, land and history, the Wakefield Charitable Trust aims
to create a living and
accessible landscape that carries on the legacy of Polly Wakefield and her
vision for an engaged and knowledgeable citizenry.
The Wakefield Estate has been in the same family for 300 years and consists of formal gardens, nurseries, orchards wetlands, and woodlands. Polly Wakefield was an amateur landscape designer who worked closely with Donald Wyman from the Arnold Arboretum to develop her unique plant collection.