Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Herbs for medicine

The Trustees of Reservations will offer a free program “Herbs for Food and Medicine” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 5 at St. Rose Community Garden, 34 St. Rose St.

Participants will visit the tucked away community garden to learn tips on how to grow and prepare herbs to experience their healing benefits in both food and medicine. They will take a tour of the garden and learn about growing annual and perennial herbs, then sample some preparations and learn to make them at home.

For more details, visit or call 617-542-7696, ext. 2115.

From seed to trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “From Seed to Trees” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 in the Dana Greenhouse classroom, meeting at the bonsai collection above the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden.

Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Admission is free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit to register and for more information.

Jamaica Plain tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 5 and 12.

The Woodbourne area, developed from 19th century summer estates, will be explored on Aug. 5. It contains many examples of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders, as well as an unusual “garden city” model housing development. Walkers will leave from the church steps at the corner of Walk Hill and Wachusett streets.

Walkers will visit Jamaica Pond the following week and learn how this area was transformed from private estates of Boston’s elite into today’s parkland. The tour will start from the Bandstand at Pond Street.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required. Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Orchestra ensemble to perform

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Friends of Jamaica Pond and Boston Parks and Recreation will present a summer concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6 at Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond.

Musicians of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, a perennial audience favorite, will return to the park to perform musical delights.

Knucklebones Playspace will provide children’s activities and entertainment at 5 p.m.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Admission is free.

Call 617-522-2700 or visit for more information.

Traveling tide pools

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host educators from the New England Aquarium at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10.

The tide pools program allows children, ages 6 to 12, to handle and observe a wide range of tide pool animals from local waters and help kids build an understanding of habitats and adaptations.

Admission is free. Call 617-524-2053 to reserve a spot and for more details.

World of owls

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will welcome Wingmasters in a free program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10.

Children, ages 4 and older, will enjoy “World of Owls,’ presented by Wingmasters. This program shows how owls use their specialized powers of sight, hearing and flight to survive and thrive even in the city. A variety of live owls will provide the focus of the presentation.

Call 617-524-2053 for further information.

Poetry workshop

A poetry workshop will be held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

This intergenerational workshop led by writer, teacher and Jamaica Plain resident Debka Colson is designed for beginning and intermediate writers ages 16 and older. It will focus on three traditional types of poetry.

Admission is free. Pre-registration at 617-524-2053 is required as space is limited.

Pizza and games

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a free family pizza and board game night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14.

Families can enjoy pizza and drinks and play old-fashioned board games like Monopoly, Clue, checkers and more, as well as other fun activities.

Call 617-522-1960 for more details.

Paintings of Forest Hills

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, is displaying “The Evolution of a Landscape,” recent paintings of Forest Hills by Andrew Haines, now to Oct. 8.

Haines’s exhibition brings to life the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, the vibrant story of its evolution and the new link between the landscapes of the Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park and the Forest Hills neighborhood.

Haines is known for detailed painterly realism that captures his subjects in very specific light. He has shown widely, won several awards and has his work in many private and public collections.

Admission to the exhibit and reception are free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details.

Art exhibition

Works by Jamaica Plain artist Cristina Rosa Nelson are on display at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., now until Aug. 31 during library hours.

“Ikonoplastic” is a series of 2 and 3-dimensional mixed media assemblages and collages layered with characters and symbols. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-524-2053 for further information.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and at 1 p.m. on Sundays during August. Walkers should meet at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Volunteer docents will lead tours of the 285 acres, pointing out seasonal highlights, the science of trees, arboretum history and points of interest. These tours last 60 to 90 minutes and are geared toward adults.

Registration is not required.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit for more details.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., offers guided tours of the house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays during


Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Adult admission is $5, children $3.

Visit or call 617-524-5138 for more information.