Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Summer kitchen opens

In celebration of Boston Preservation Month, the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host the opening of the summer kitchen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Visitors are invited to the historic 1811 Ell to see the restored summer kitchen, the drying room and the collection on exhibit. Free refreshments will be served while a fiddler performs classic American tunes.

The summer kitchen of the Loring-Greenough House features the original cooking fireplace, Rumford stove and laundry room that have survived intact from the 19th century.

Admission is free; donations are always appreciated.

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

Lilac tour

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a guided tour of the lilacs from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 13.

The arboretum will offer a special walk in the Syringa (lilac) collection with docent Chris McArdle, who trained with former head plant propagator and lilac expert, Jack Alexander.

Within the collection itself, she will present a thorough view into the rich history of the many varieties of this well-loved and arboretum-renowned plant.

Participants should meet at the map table by the ponds, up from the Forest Hills Gate.

Registration is requested for this free program. Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather.

Visit or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

Traveling tide pools

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

Kids can see and touch hermit crabs, snails, clams, oysters, sea stars and more and learn all about these creatures found in local New England waters. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-5195 or visit

Lilac Sunday

The Arnold Arboretum will celebrate the 111th anniversary of Lilac Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 at 125 Arborway.

The lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum is among the premier collections of these plants in North America. Visitors will enjoy an array of more than 165 kinds of lilacs with free tours of the lilac collection; Morris dancing; art exhibit; live music; food; science station; puppet shows; children’s activities; arts and crafts and more. Picnicking is allowed in the arboretum only on this special day.

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

Smartphone photography

A smartphone photography workshop will be held at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on May 15 and 29 and June 12, meeting at the Hunnewell Building.

Lilacs, azaleas, horse chestnuts, redbuds and more will be flowering and leaves will have recently unfurled, providing a perfect venue for close-up photographs. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will show the class that fancy equipment and lenses are not needed to come in close to shoot these exquisite plants. Attendees will need their smartphones and an understanding of shooting macro (close up) and how to enhance the images with the phone’s editing capabilities and the app, Snapseed.

Most of the time will be spent outdoors, except when working on Snapseed in small groups.

The fee is $65 for members and $84 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-384-5277 to register for further information.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on May 18 and 25. The tours will start from the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The May 18th tour will stroll through Sumner Hill, home of 19th century Victorian houses and the homes of several early feminists and anti-racism activists. This area was designated a National Historic District in 1987. Walkers will meet at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Stony Brook will be featured on the May 25 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. This tour leaves from the Stony Brook Orange Line MBTA station.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required.

Visit for more information about these and other tours.

Spring bird walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a spring bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, meeting at the Arborway Gate.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly to breeding grounds. This 90-minute walk is good for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Some binoculars will be available to share; if possible, participants should bring their own.

Registration is requested for this free program. Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather.

Visit or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

Burger slam fundraiser

The Manning School will host the eighth annual Burger Slam fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

This friendly cook off competition between local restaurants is open to the public ages 21 and over who want to come and taste some of Boston’s best burgers and vote for their favorite, all while raising money for the students at the Manning School. The cash bar will offer beer, wine and water. There will also be a buffet of side dishes including salads, chips and veggie platters. The panel of guest judges will say a few words when the ballots close at 8 p.m. and the Burger Slam best burger award will be announced at 8:15 p.m. Silent auction winners will be announced shortly after.

Tickets are $49 and include a slider hamburger from each restaurant, sides, desserts and one beverage (beer/wine/soda). Vegetarian option will be available. Music, a cash bar and great company are also included.

Tickets sales are limited. Visit for more details.

Art display

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Drawn to Paint,” paintings of Arboretum trees by Paul Olson, in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, from now through July 21.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Olson has been discovering the nuances of the arboretum’s collections since he first visited in 2011. A landscape painter for decades, he explores the grounds with sketchbook in hand, typically in the early morning hours. In this new show, Olson brings his on-site observations into the painting studio to work in color, reflecting on his real-world experience, but searching for that sense of childlike discovery found in nature. These works on paper and canvas also feature paintings of bonsai from the Bonsai and Penjing collection at the arboretum.

Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

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

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., have resumed the guided tours of the house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tours will begin on the hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

The last surviving 18th century residence in Sumner Hill, a historic section of Jamaica Plain, the Loring Greenough House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated both a Massachusetts Landmark and a Boston Landmark.

Visitors will learn about the rich history of this well-preserved mid-Georgian mansion. They 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.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. 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.