Events in 2022

Upcoming events

This Just In!

What's in a flower? Attend our Flower dissection workshop with Professor Joan Edwards, botanist extraordinaire from Williams College!

Sunday, July 31st at 4pm at the Spruces with a rain date of Saturday, August 6th at 4pm.

Ongoing Summer 2022

"Bug" and Pollinator Safari Wednesdays

Join us on Wednesdays, between 4 - 6 pm, @the Spruces Pollinator Plantings by the pond. Look for pollinators amongst the lovely scented and colorful blossoms! Enjoy the fruits of five seasons of volunteer stewardship in this local haven for bees and butterflies. Learn how you too can host a pollinator paradise! Heavy rain and/or lightening cancels. Thru Sept 14, 2022. Have questions? Write to us at: beefriendlywilliamstown@gmail.com.

Past events

Butterfly Walk at the Spruces

Tuesday July 12, 2022, 1 p.m.

A group of sixteen butterfly enthusiasts joined Leslie Reed-Evans, Drew Jones, and Pam Weatherbee for an informative and enjoyable outing at the Spruces. Pam reviewed a typical butterfly life cycle, Leslie pointed out plant and flower preferences for specific butterfly species, Drew described how flight patterns can be used in species identification. Among the nine butterfly species sighted were Monarchs, Eastern tailed-blues, a Great spangled fritillary, Silver-spotted skippers, Black swallowtail, Clouded sulphurs, Wood-nymph, Pearl Crescents, and a Tiger swallowtail, probably Eastern.


Plant Sale

Field trip to Amy Pulley's WING AND A PRAYER NURSERY

Saturday, June 18th, 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine.

Wing and a Prayer Nursery, 48 Trouble Street, Cummington, MA.

Join founders of Bee Friendly Williamstown for a day out at Amy's amazingly inspiring native plant nursery, WING AND A PRAYER. Amy and helpers will be on hand to answer questions about native plants; more than 200 species will be for sale. Special for Bee Friendly Williamstown friends Sat., June 18 only 10% off on all plants!

In addition to sharing information about her plants for sale, Amy will lead tours of her extensive pollinator-friendly plantings, at 11 am and again at 1:30 pm. Feel free to bring a picnic, and lunch amongst her gorgeous mixed borders. Questions? please email us at beefriendlywilliamstown@gmail.com. If you enjoyed browsing or buying plants from Amy at the Bee Friendly Williamstown booth at the farmer's market in Williamstown, last summer, please join us this year, on site, at Amy's!

Directions to WING and a PRAYER Nursery

Same location as Alice's Kitchen at Honey Hill

Pollinator Friendly Garden Tours 2021

Saturday, Aug 14th, 2021 from 2 pm - 4 pm.

Map of garden locations

Expand map (view larger map icon in upper right-hand corner) or view tab (icon in upper left-hand corner) for details and a brief description of each garden.

Scroll down for the complete list of gardens.

Bee Friendly Williamstown Garden Tours

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 2-4 pm No Rain Date


South Williamstown

1210 Hancock Road/Rt 43 Caretaker Farm – Bridget Spann, Peace Garden & 100% organic farm

1210 Hancock Road/Rt 43 Elizabeth Smith – Caretaker Cottage – backyard pollinator gardens & meadow

300 New Ashford Road/Route 7 – Bette Craig, former dairy farm now flowers and apple trees

Drive-by “Sidewalk Strips” and small gardens – no hosts

35 Park Street, St John’s Episcopal Church – pollinator plantings

116 Southworth Street/corner of School – Lisa Hiley’s sidewalk strip

31 Church Street – Shira Lynn – Sidewalk strip, permaculture gardens

East Williamstown

37 Main – Alecia Briggs – front yard flowers!

6 Hamel – Erin Casey – vegetable raised bed gardens, new in 2021 (adjacent to 37 Main!)

60 Main Street, by the pond “BFW” Pollinator Garden @The Spruces –Lydia van Schwanenfluegel

“Mid”-Town Gardens

24 Petersburg Road (Corner of West Main & Northwest Hill Roads/Petersburg Road side) Wit McKay – Flowering plants for bees and humans; goldenrod field; hosted by Lindsey Hooper

159 North Street/Rt 7 – Luana Maroja – invasive removal into edible, less-common-varieties of flowering plants and trees

58 Jamieson Hts – Laura Bentz “Circle garden” in the cul de sac

1215 N. Hoosac Road – Lori van Handel; “Treekeeper Cottage”

114 Bridges Road (@White Oaks) – Mackenzie Hunter – Sidewalk Strip

201 Cole (enter across from 31 Church!) please use Church Street side parking– Anne O’Connor – tenant-directed gardens alongside landlord-directed landscaping

17 Elm Street – Nina Marks – permaculture and native plants

53 Maple Street – Leslie Reed-Evans – shade garden for birds

46 Maple Street – Richie Doucette – vegetables instead of lawn

70 Maple Street – Brian Cole – “no lawn” flower front garden

24 Linden Street – Robin Lenz – gardens, not lawn

August 3 -- The Spruces Park -- "Night Out" Community Event

Visit our table to learn more about flowers and pollination! Take home a milkweed seedling (first 25 visitors!)


AUGUST 1 BUTTERFLY WALK AT MOUNTAIN MEADOW

August 1, Mountain Meadow Preserve, at the End of Mason Street, Williamstown, MA



INVESTIGATING FLOWERS and THEIR MANY PARTS. with Prof. Joan Edwards of Williams College

July 31, 4 pm at The Spruces, "Pollinator Plantings" by the Pond. Led by Joan Edwards, this event is good for anyone of any age!

Native Plant Sale, June 5th, 2021, 9 am to 1 pm @ Williamstown Farmer's Market

Pollinator friendly native plants provided by Wing and a Prayer Nursery of Cummington for sale to benefit local pollinators in our gardens! Have questions? Need more info? Write us at beefriendlywilliamstown@gmail.com


Bird Walk, 7:30 am, May 22, 2021 @ Caretaker Farm, Williamstown, MA

Please join us this Saturday, May 22 at 7:30am for a bird walk at Caretaker Farm with David McGowan, Executive Director of Williamstown Rural Lands. Co-sponsored by Bee Friendly Williamstown, Caretaker Farm, and Williamstown Rural Lands. Bring binoculars if possible. Birders of all abilities welcome. Masks required. Post walk update: 45 birders showed up and were rewarded, among other things, with a citing of *four* Great Blue Herons! Thank you, all, and most especially, the birds themselves, for showing up!

Field Lecture, August 10, 2019 @The Spruces, Williamstown, MA

Professor Joan Edwards of Williams College discussed plants and their pollinators, at The Spruces, on Aug 10, 2019. Hand lenses loaned by Joan helped us see flower structures up close, which was truly exciting and educational! Bees and flowers are co-evolved, and many times, specifically adapted to one another! We hope to have Joan speak at the meadow at The Spruces again in Summer 2021. Please stay tuned!