It’s spring in Boston! The sulfur-yellow forsythia bushes are clashing with the delicate pink weeping cherries, the winter moth caterpillars are getting ready to hatch and devour your trees, every park, garden, farm and tuft of grass in greater Boston is hosting some kind of festival coming up. Here’s a sampling of this week’s events – two fairs, a gaggle of walks, school vacation week programs, and a concert on the Greenway.

Farms

Waltham Fields Community Farm is hosting a “Spring into Gardening” festival and seedling sale this Saturday, April 17, from 1-5 pm at the farm, 240 Beaver St. Waltham. There’s music, and kids’s activities, and things to buy – but I’m particularly intrigued by the festival’s wild edibles walk by Russ Cohen and a talk by UMass professor Frank Mangan on sustainable New England production of vegetables popular among Latino, Brazilian, and Asian groups in Massachusetts.

Codman Farm at 58 Codman Road, Lincoln is hosting a Sheep Shearing on Saturday, April 17 from 11-3. There will be weaving and spinning demos, wool crafts, bluegrass music, vendors, lunch, and presumably sheep.

Parks

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation(DCR) is hosting a series of Discovery Days April 18-22 at state parks including Walden Pond, Halibut Point in Gloucester, and Great Brook Farm state park. Participants get special “Discovery Packs,” guided tours by rangers, and information about other parks. Check the DCR’s list of events by region for a whole bunch of other hikes, tours, and walks.

“Twas the 18th of April in ’75…” Yes, you can experience all the hullaballoo along the Battle Road parks in Lexington and Concord commemorating Paul Revere’s ride and the Battle of Lexington and Concord… or you can go meet a poet. On Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm you can go to the Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge, and meet Henry W. Longfellow (portrayed by actor ted Zalewski).  Frances Appleton Wetherell, great-granddaughter of the poet, will present copies of the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” to visitors.  The historic Hutchison-Shipman garden on the site has been restored, and should be utterly lovely.

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway will host the WXRV Earth Day Concert on the Wharf District parks by the  New England Aquarium from 12-3 on Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day). If you’d like to see what the Greenway Gardens look like without several thousand people between you and the plants, the “Save Boston’s Greenway Gardens” Facebook page has some nice photos.

River clean-ups

The Mystic River Watershed Association is sponsoring  Earth Day River Cleanup of the Mystic River Saturday, April 17, 9:30am-12:30pm. Come help remove shopping carts from the river and trash from the riverbanks at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Dr. Somerville. Refreshments and all supplies provided. Visit the Mystic River Watershed Association’s clean-up page for more information on these April 17 river clean-ups:

  • City of Everett City-wide Cleanup. 9am-12pm.
  • Northern Strand Cleanup, 9am-3pm. Join Bike to the Sea and Groundwork Somerville for a fun and rewarding day of trail cleanup along the Northern Strand Community Trail in Everett and Malden!
  • Chelsea Earth Day/City Wide Clean Up. Meet at 9:00am at Chelsea City Hall. Call Chris at the Chelsea Collaborative for more information, 617-889-6080 x113.

There are plenty more river clean-ups and Earth Day celebrations coming up next week! I’ll keep you posted.