Phyllis Theermann

 Sustainable Wellesley’s favorite Stand-up Economist, Yoram Bauman, will be back in the area on Sunday, March 25, from 4-6 pm at TCAN (The Center for the Arts Natick). This “Comedy & Climate Change” event is entertaining and thought-provoking and will be followed by a reception with the speaker.  Yoram will be including material on a carbon tax as well as other environmental and climate related subjects.

Don’t miss this free event, part of the Jean R. Stone Memorial lecture series, sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Pre-registration is free, but re-quested.

For more information and to register:
Visit or call 508-655-2296 during Nature Center Hours.

Phyllis Theermann
school garden event 2017

Image below shows 19th century school gardens and 21st century school gardening efforts by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. photos courtesy of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society   

An edible schoolyard is a great way to enrich both habitat and community. Inspire the next generation at a school, or just learn more for your home garden at this free event.

School Gardens
Wednesday, January 25th
9.30 Doors open in the Parkman Room at Elm Bank
10.30 Guest Speaker, John Forti, Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, begins
Sponsored by the
 Wellesley Garden Study Group (active in town for about 65 years) and Wellesley Green Schools

This event will explore the heirloom and native plants of our region and how these storied plants can be integrated into curriculum from seed to table.  The talk will inspire the interest of the home gardener and the school gardener alike.   

Forti also serves as the Governor of Slow Food Massachusetts, was formerly the Director of Horticulture at Strawberry Banke Museum and Plimoth Plantation Museum.  Over 20,000 follow his blog as “The Heirloom Gardener – John Forti” on facebook. 

Phyllis Theermann

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With growing evidence of the environmental hazards of plastic bags, at least 16 Massachusetts communities have now passed bag bans and many more communities are considering restrictions. What should Wellesley do?

Wellesley residents are invited to come together for a free event on Friday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley (309 Washington St., Parish Hall) to discuss the topic.

The evening will start with a 45-minute version of the award-winning film, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” to give some perspective on the topic. Then Newton Alderman Alison Leary will describe her work on passing the Newton bag ban, which went into effect in July. Discussion will focus on whether a ban is right for Wellesley.

The recent decision by the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility to stop collecting plastic bags for recycling has brought a new sense of urgency to the issue of banning bags. The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission is also concerned about the environmental effects of the bags on wildlife and wetlands.

The event is open to the public. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided by UU Wellesley. The Town of Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group will also be giving away free reusable bags. The 3R Working Group was formed by the Wellesley Department of Public Works, the Natural Resources Commission, and the Sustainable Energy Committee to explore waste management issues in Wellesley.

Event sponsors include UU Wellesley (Green Sanctuary Ministry Team and Learning Committee), Sustainable Wellesley, and the Town of Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group.