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Historic Wakefield Estate Hosts 5th Annual Dogwood Days

April 23, 2015

Week-long celebration of estate’s iconic dogwood trees kicks off with Open Days partnership with The Garden Conservancy to showcase a number of nearby gardens

Milton, Mass — The Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust announced the dates of its 5th annual Dogwood Days celebration for 2015. The popular open garden event will take place at the Wakefield Estate in Milton from Sunday, June 14 through Sunday, June 21, from 10:00am – 4:00pm each day.

The opening day of the week-long celebration, Sunday, June 14, will feature a number of gardens in addition to the Wakefield Estate that will be open to the public as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

The 22-acre Wakefield Estate is home to some 300 kousa dogwood trees, propagated and planted by the late Mary “Polly” Wakefield, who developed a number of kousa cultivars during her lifetime. Mary Wakefield designed the garden rooms and allees of her estate using hundreds of dogwood trees to provide it form and structure.

The Wakefield Estate and The Garden Conservancy Open Days partnership aims to preserve America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. In the effort to increase public knowledge about the importance of these historic landscapes, hundreds of exceptional gardens nationwide are selected to participate in The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

Reservations are not required and the Open Days program is rain or shine. Admission is $5 per garden; proceeds will benefit The Garden Conservancy and the educational programs of the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust. Visitors can buy a book of tickets to all gardens by starting their tour at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Rd in Milton, or pay $5 at each site. To see a list of the selected gardens and directions, see The Garden Conservancy’s website, or call the Wakefield Estate at 617-333-0924.

Dogwood Days at the Wakefield Estate features guided tours, open gardens, and a tree and plant sale. Also back by popular demand, “Dogs and Dogwoods,” is a day to bring your canine friend to the estate for dog-friendly events, including a fun and informal dog show. Dogs and Dogwoods is scheduled for Sunday, June 21 and the dog show will start at 1:00pm. Dogs must be leashed.

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For more information and a schedule of events visit the Wakefield Trust website or call 617-333-0924.

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