WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery the green scene Autumnal Majesty R U T H F U R M A N writer falling leaves and temperatures indicate a change in Mother Nature's modus operendi, a sign that things are slowing down, especially in our gardens. Plants are physically preparing for the dormant period ahead, but, before their long sleep, they put on a dizzying display of colors for a last hurrah of autumnal splendor. The crisp, clear air enhances the scale of colors from bright yellows and oranges to glowing pinks and reds. And as the season winds down, we get smoldering colors from the unsung heroes of our New England forests and one of my favorite trees — the oak. Maples seem to get all the glory and notice during the fall season, but it's the majestic oak, a key element of our native woodlands, that provides the final curtain of color across our landscape. My enchantment with oaks began as a child when my father, a man who knew his woods, would take me on walks around an old estate across the street from our house. Many mature M E D I A B A K E R Y 20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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