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Join us for our December events!

Please check the Garden Center website/social media for any cancellations or postponements due to weather.




Early Winter Plant Walk and Medicinal Hot Cocoa

with Ray, Sovereign Birch Herbals

Sunday, December 5th, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Join Ray of Sovereign Birch Herbal for a class on the medicinal properties of hot cocoa and how adding herbs can transform this cold-weather treat into a delicious reward for both health and spirit. We'll talk about four different recipes, each one with its own medicinal focus, and you’ll have a chance to try the cocoas during class. Please bring something warm to sit on! The cocoas will be made with nut milk, and are vegan. -- Ray Lardie is a Boston-based clinical herbalist and relentlessly optimistic realist who couldn’t stop learning if they tried. Dedicated to helping people learn to work with herbs and their bodies as partners, not enemies, Ray seeks to build resilience in individuals and communities. They work from Western and Russian herbal medicinal perspectives, tailoring their approach to fit whole-body, whole-life needs. Ray is ever on the lookout for the seeds of the hopepunk stories and futures we will nourish with one another in this era of radical change.


Yoga in the Garden

Saturday, December 11th, 10:00 – 11:00am

Grab your yoga mat and head on over to the Growing Center on monthly Saturday mornings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the garden while reviving your body and soul. Taught by Jenn Pici Falk.

Family Nature Activity: Bird Survival Kits

Sunday, December 19th, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Meet at the Growing Center to explore winter in Somerville by learning about our winter birds and how they survive. Then become a valuable resource for our winter birds by building your very own bird feeder to take home! We'll take a nature walk around the garden to see if any of our feathered friends are visiting.


Winter Solstice Sing

Tuesday, December 21st, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Come celebrate the longest night with us!

We can warm ourselves with song and fellowship (and maybe mulled cider)! Songs of the season and the turning of the year will be particularly welcome. Anyone can lead a song, but no-one is obliged to. Drinking songs and sea chanteys always go over well, but anything with a good, singable chorus will be appreciated! We'll have a propane fire pit and marshmallows to toast. Other snacks are welcome! Dress warmly! It's getting colder, so long underwear and even a blanket won't go amiss.


NOTE: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, we ask that only fully vaccinated people attend. But all who are, are welcome!





The Growing Center prioritizes the health and well-being of our volunteers and visitors. We will be following guidelines from the City of Somerville: If you are fully vaccinated, face coverings or masks are not required. The CDC does recommend that people still wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around others who are not fully fascinated or of unknown vaccine status. If you are not fully vaccinated, face coverings or masks are recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other people. When wearing a face covering or mask, it must cover both nose and mouth.

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