WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

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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In her home garden, she aerated her soil with the help of worms that she ordered online. "You can buy 100, 500 … and put them right out into the garden," she said, adding that the critters come well sealed, so you don't need to worry about them "crawling all over your house." The only hazard was to her reputation. "My kids have a lot of fun teasing me about being the crazy garden lady," she said. Note to Reader: Nearly everyone interviewed expressed a similar concern about how people viewed their passion. * * * To maintain Master Gardener status, members must volunteer at least 30 hours a year. Kanter recalled how she dreaded the thought of making a long drive out to Marshfield for one event, only to find it to have been one of her favorite experiences. "I got there, and I'm literally on the edge of the water. A sea breeze, live band. It was a magical three hours — we stood there giving out advice," she said. "No matter what you're doing as a vol- unteer, every day has a little surprise." Kanter also works occasionally in Seed to Table vegetable gardens at Elm Bank. The gardens double as an outdoor classroom and the source of a bounty of food for the Wellesley Food Pantry. Master Gardeners also support — through grants and their time — vegetable farms at schools and homes for seniors and people with disabilities. As an example, Kanter cited the Charles River Center in Needham, which provides housing for adults who can't live on their own. Residents grow lettuce and flowers for sale to restaurants, inspiring their counter- parts in more than a dozen other residential programs to start similar gardens. Smith prefers digging, shaping, and pruning among the flowers, shrubs, and trees. "After all those years of being in an office, to be outside during a work day is just bliss," said the former financial planner. Asked if plants have character, she said, "When you see some of the plants turn their heads toward the sun, they do look like they've got personalities." M E D I A B A K E R Y 63 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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