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Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis Project Complete

Miss Honey with the Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis

Miss Honey with the Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis
Miss Honey with the Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis
About a month ago, I shared with Karl a vision I had to espalier the pear trees… the espalier design would be more beautiful and functional for our guests. The design essentially flattens the tree’s branches agains a vertical frame/wall. The flattened (and thinned) branches will help everyone to better see where the fruit is growing, and will allow for easier, cleaner, more accessible, trail-side picking. Karl and I discussed and compromised around the details of the design for a few days and then a decision was made.

Karl built the Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis over 2 days. Sunday, 8/26, he created the frame using 4×4’s, 2×4’s, and 1×1’s. He dug 6 holes for the 4×4’s, and cemented them in place. The frame became set over 3 days, 8/26-8/29. Then, this Wednesday,8/29, he finished the project with the horizontal wooden supports. We may use wire supports in the future, but we like the look of the wood while we are beginning to train the branches to the frame.

The finished project looks beautiful from all approaches and gives people a sense of enjoying an outdoor dining room. The trellis offers additional privacy for diners, while allowing visibility through the trellis for viewing flora, fauna, and people outside the “room.”

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

Learn more about “Espalier” Design at Wikipedia

Karl (and Mary) enjoy a 3pm Peach Lemonade at the Pear Tree Patio on Wednesday, 8/29/18.
Karl (and Mary, photographer) enjoy a 3pm Peach Lemonade at the Pear Tree Patio on Wednesday, 8/29/18.
Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis Frame Built 8/26/18.
Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis Frame Built 8/26/18.
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Pavers and Peaches! Stop by & Say Hi, Today, 10am – 2pm!

Karl begins MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project

Fuzzy Peaches Ripe for Picking
Fuzzy Peaches Ripe for Picking
Peaches are super ripe for picking. There are still several on the tree for our friends to pick – please stop by today, say hi, and pick peaches! Also ripe – raspberries – second batch!

Karl begins MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project
Karl begins MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project
Karl is on his second day of vacation. He started the MargFMac Front Loop (0.1 mile) Pavers Project yesterday afternoon, after finishing the Pear Tree Patio Espalier Trellis Project in the morning. As I write this post, I’m reaching to plug my ears as Karl uses a wet saw to cut the pavers to fit the trail.

Thanks again to you who have made a financial contribution to help us build accessible trails. 100% of your funds help to pay for materials right now as we do the work without professional landscaper help. Please learn more about our project and consider a contribution at our GoFundMe Page: Accessible Gardens North of Boston

We are making history here! Visit us today, anytime between 10am – 2pm, to say hi, to witness the actualization of our vision, and to pick peaches and raspberries free-of-charge! (Please bring your own containers for picking)

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry and action,
~ Mary

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Memory Café and Sunday Stroll this Weekend – 8/18-19!

White Water Lily with Yellow Center
White Water Lily with Yellow Center
Pack a picnic and plan to enjoy summer’s gifts in the garden this weekend: Saturday, 10am – 12pm, Memory Café in the Garden®
For people with memory loss and care-partners.
Sunday, 11a – 2pm, Sunday Stroll
For wheelchair-users (walker-, cane-users also welcome) and care-partners.

Harvest: Nectarines & Raspberries (while they last!)
Flora: Roses, Zinnias, Hydrangea, Phlox, Sunflowers
Fauna: Birds, Fish, Butterflies, Frogs, Dragonflies

These programs are free-of-charge. All are welcome. People needing assistance must bring a care-partner.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Today, 11am – 2pm, Join Us at the Caretaker’s Cottage

Raspberries are Ripe and Ready to Pick

Raspberries are Ripe and Ready to Pick
Raspberries are Ripe and Ready to Pick
Come to the Caretaker’s Cottage today to enjoy fellowship, coffee or tea, and two types of raspberry pies – load as much or as little cream on top as you like!

If you’d like to pick raspberries in the rain, just remember to wear a light rain jacket and bring your own container to fill free-of-charge. Hundreds of raspberries are ripe now.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Horticultural and Hospitality Volunteers Wanted!

Caleb Bresley, a new horticultural volunteer, mows the grass

Caleb Bresley, a new horticultural volunteer, mows the grass
Caleb Bresley, a new horticultural volunteer, mows the grass
Do you love the outdoors? Do you love our mission to make the outdoors accessible for all people? Do you have a few hours each month or each week you’d like to contribute to helping us? We currently have three horticultural volunteers, and a few more hospitality volunteers. In many cases our volunteers like to do a bit of both roles. We are growing our team. Experience is not necessary. We can teach you all you need to know to help us help others. All ages and abilities are invited to apply to volunteer.
Read more about our need for your help:
Volunteer Opportunities

Ready to apply? Simply download, fill-out, and mail-in this form:
Volunteer Application

Thank you!
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Wheelchair-Accessible Raspberries – U-Pick!

Raspberries are Ripe Now!

Raspberries are Ripe Now!
Raspberries are Ripe Now!
Independent wheelchair-users and wheelchair-users needing a care-partner’s assistance will delight in picking ripe raspberries in our accessible raspberry patch. Priority picking time for these groups is tomorrow, Saturday, 10am – 11am. From 11am – 12pm, additional guests and volunteers are welcome to pick and enjoy the raspberries.

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am – 12pm, is our Memory Café in the Garden®. This event will be wheelchair-accessible.

Sunday, 11am – 2pm, is our Sunday Stroll. We encourage our Sunday Stroll guests to come tomorrow, Saturday – as the weather will be better. However, Sunday, we will still host our event, even if raining, at the Caretaker’s Cottage.

All are welcome, free-of-charge.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~Mary

Wheelchair-Accessible Raspberry Patch is at least 3 feet wide.
Wheelchair-Accessible Raspberry Patch is at least 3 feet wide.
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Accessible Roses Awarded at Rose Show

Best Novice, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Ribbons

Rose Show: Best Novice, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Ribbons
Rose Show: Best Novice, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Ribbons
It was our first year entering our Wheelchair-Accessible Roses in the annual New England Rose Society (NERS) Rose Show, held at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, June 24, 8am – 3pm. There were many ribbons awarded across many classes. Only a few made it to the head table. “Best Novice” made it, along with “King and Queen” “Miniature King and Queen” “Box Set” “Most Fragrant Rose” etc.

Here’s a summary of our 2018 NERS Spring Awards:
Best Novice and 1st Prize Ribbon (Class 33: Novice): Climbing Rose “Night Owl,” displayed in a vase.
2nd Prize Ribbon (Class 16: One Hybrid Tea or Grandiflora Open Bloom): Fragrant Rose “Rock & Roll,” displayed in a vase.
3rd Prize Ribbon (Class 31: Rose Bowl, Large Rose):
Large Rose “Gold Medal” displayed in a bowl.

Here’s a summary of the 2018 NERS Spring Show:
2018 NERS Spring Rose Show Schedule: Roses Through the Generations

Here’s an article about judging roses: How Roses are Judged at Rose Shows

Thanks to Teresa Mosher and Pam Murphy for their help selecting which 4 of 12 roses we brought to the show were worthy for display and judging. They assisted with:

  1. figuring out which classes to enter.
  2. getting the roses “cleaned up” and near-perfectly set in the display vases and bowls.
  3. coaching on how to fill out the rose entry ID tags.

The eight roses we brought that were not show-ready but still in great shape were sold for $1.00 each at the NERS fundraising table.

I said a few times to different people (to my spouse Karl, to Teresa and Pam helping me, and to Ann Gibson, a rose judge from Syracuse, NY), “We’re not here to win ribbons. We’re here to belong to a group, to participate in the group, to learn from the group, and to continue the great tradition of showing roses for public education and enjoyment.”

Hopefully the ribbons and the “Best Novice” award show that we’re serious about growing our (Wheelchair) Accessible Rose Rodeo festival, and that we’re taking advice and taking notes from the experts.

It’s our second year belonging to this great group of people who have taught us so much about how to grow our 80+ rose plants. Our Accessible Rose Rodeo is made possible by contributions from Peggy Rochon of Arizona, in loving memory of my mom, Margaret Fraser MacDonald.

To see and smell the roses, simply schedule a garden tour with me in July, or come to one of our events: our Memory Cafe 7/21, 10a – 12pm, or Sunday Stroll 7/22, 11am – 2pm.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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6/21, 10am – 4pm, Open Garden Day on the Longest Day

Smell the Roses! 40 of 80 rose plants are wheelchair-accessible.

Smell the Roses! 40 of 80 rose plants are wheelchair-accessible.
Smell the Roses! 40 of 80 rose plants are wheelchair-accessible.
SPECIAL EVENT: 6/21, 10am – 4pm: Open Garden Day on the Longest Day.
Stop by anytime during this event to:

  1. Enjoy our Wheelchair-Accessible Gardens
  2. Experience our Memory Café in the Garden Program
  3. Learn more about our Free Programs for Dementia Care-Partners and People Living with Dementia
  4. Donate to Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH
  5. Donate to Grow our Accessible Gardens
"Mister Lincoln" Rose, MargFMac Front Garden Loop, 0.1 mile
“Mister Lincoln” Rose, MargFMac Front Garden Loop, 0.1 mile

ACCESSIBLE Rose Rodeo List
ACCESSIBLE Rose Rodeo List
The Rose Rodeo 2018 List features 78 plants – 40 are wheelchair-accessible. The four access categories are:

  1. Wheelchair-Accessible (green)
  2. Walker/Cane-Accessible (blue)
  3. Walk on Uneven Flat Grass (yellow)
  4. Walk up/down hill or steps (red)

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 6/21, 10am – 4pm.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary