Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Garden tour

The Trustees of Reservations will present the inaugural Jamaica Plain Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The tour will begin at J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St.

This event will offer unique access to more than 20 private gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain. Visitors will see a range of sites from creative urban spaces to formal gardens, to rambling woodland landscapes. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

All proceeds will support the 55 community gardens totaling 15 acres across eight Boston neighborhoods overseen by The Trustees of Reservations.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 978-921-1944

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free, guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on July 14 and 21.

Stony Brook will be featured on July 14 and will highlight the area that was home to numerous tanneries and breweries and early German settlers. Today’s Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams, is sited here. Walkers will meet at the Stony Brook Orange Line MBTA station.

The July 21 tour will cover Hyde Square, with a visit to an 1813 farmhouse, the homes of German and Irish immigrants, the home of musician Maud Cunney Hare, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and more. Walkers will meet at Sorella’s, 388 Centre St.

The tours take one hour and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Pizza and games

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will host a free pizza and games night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16.

Kids of all ages are invited to play board games such as Candyland, Monopoly, Risk, Sorry, chess and checkers while snacking on pizza.

Call 617-522-1960 for further information.

Children’s author to visit

Children’s author and illustrator Maddie Frost will be the guest of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18.

Children ages 18 months to 5 years are invited to join Frost for an animal-inspired dance party, story time and art demonstration celebrating the publication of her newest book, “Animobiles: Animals on the Mooove.”

This free event is part of the “Libraries Rock” summer reading program.

For more details, call 617-524-2053.

Propagation methods for gardeners

The Arnold Arboretum will offer a program on easy propagation methods for gardeners at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at the Dana Greenhouse and Nursery Facility.

Plant propagator Sean Halloran will discuss several methods of tapping into a plant’s reproductive attributes to duplicate what is growing in your yard or what you covet from your neighbor’s garden. He will give a quick overview of air layering, softwood and greenwood cuttings and ways to do all of this without a greenhouse.

Admission is free.

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

Family concert

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will welcome Alastair Moock in a free family concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.

Moock will perform a show for kids and families full of rootsy, laughing, dancing, fun. His performances combine Alastair’s own award-winning songs and folk songs from the nation’s past, with a sprinkle of history and dash of social justice. Moock is a 2013 Grammy nominee, a two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner and a recipient of the ASCAP Children’s Music Award.

Call 617-524-2053 for further information.

Splash and dance

A free splash and dance party will be held at the Mozart Street Playground at noon on Friday, July 20.

Kids can cool off in the spray features, try some tasty ice cream and listen to music from Mix 104.1 while dancing in the park and playing games.

Visit or call 617-635-4505 for more details.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on July 20 and 27 at Mozart Park, 10 Mozart St.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-635-4505.

Art display and workshop

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Impressions of Woody Plants: Disjunction, Two Artists and the Arnold Arboretum,” copper etchings by Bobbi Angell and watercolor paintings by Beverly Duncan, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, now through July 22.

Botanical artists Angell and Duncan have different approaches to their work: their media, copper and watercolor, their plant focuses, exotic and native, and their backgrounds, botany and art. In the end though, it is all about the wonder of woody plants and the artists’ approaches to creating images.

Angell is attracted to unusual, cultivated specimens due to her long history working with botanists and horticulturalists. Her drawings are developed into finely crafted copper etchings, which are then printed in limited editions.

Duncan is drawn to the familiarity of native plants. She translates the common and recognizable into intimate portraits in detailed watercolor paintings. For this exhibition, Duncan focused on paintings of seedlings, the delicate early life of a tree or shrub.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to for more information.

Legal services help

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School will offer extended walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. during July. The center is located at 122 Boylston St. next to the Stony Brook MBTA station.

The team will provide free legal help for individuals facing housing, consumer, student loan, domestic violence, tax, veterans and public health benefit issues. All are invited to meet with staff members to receive self-help resources and referral information.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-522-3003.

‘Spirit Books’

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s “Spirit Books” are on display in the Hunnewell Building’s Visitor Center at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, now through July 22.

These art books reveal Gaylord’s connection between the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. She gathers twigs, branches, vines and roots and then uses them to cradle her stitched, wordless books. She encourages “reading” the books as a contemplative experience, one that will take the viewer out of the everyday world.

Since Gaylord created her first one in 1992 and coined the name, the “Spirit Books” have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada and in Korea. She has exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the University of Indiana Art Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Seungnam Book Fair in Seungnam, Korea.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-524-1718.

Music, farmers’ market

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., is offering Thursdays on the Lawn from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays now through Oct. 1.

Festivities will include live music, children’s activities, food trucks and a farmers’ market with heirloom plants and produce, organic vegetables, pasta and baked goods.

Visit for further information.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays during June. 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., has resumed the guided tours of the house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays during June.

Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Reservations are not needed, but visitors can contact a docent with any special inquiries at A donation of $5 is suggested.

For further information, visit or call 617-524-5138.