In nearby Milton, Massachusetts, there’s a little-known gem called the Wakefield Estate. It’s over 22 acres of formal gardens, orchards, woodlands and wetlands, open to the public for is an informal stroll or guided tour. “Polly” Wakefield donated the estate to a trust. She was an outspoken public and legislative advocate of natural spaces in the community, including as a trustee of Massachusetts Horticultural Association and a founding member of the Friends of the Public Garden in Boston.
Today, I donated to the Mary Wakefield Trust, which maintains the impressive grounds of the estate and hosts educational programs. I couldn’t be at their fundraiser tonight, but I wanted to make sure I gave.