Agenda Departments


Wistariahurst Plant Sale
May 17: The Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners and the Wistariahurst Gardeners will present their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gardeners will share the bounty of their gardens with the gardening public, and are hoping to have a good selection of trees and shrubs this year. They will also sell house plants, annuals, perennials, and more. The plants are divisions, not cuttings or seedlings, which, while small, will grow quickly to mature size. Attendees are encourages to bring their own wagons or carts to make carrying purchases more convenient. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions and conduct soil tests for $1 per sample. Free parking will be available in the lot behind the Holyoke Senior Center. The plant sale is free and open to the public. Mini house tours of Wistariahurst Museum will also take place during the plant sale, between 9 a.m. and noon, for $3. There will also be a sneak preview of panels from the exhibition “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era,” an exhibit of historical landscapes representing the chronological development of an important movement in American landscape design, which opens the next day, May 18, at 1 p.m.

40 Under Forty
June 19: The eighth annual 40 Under Forty award program, staged by BusinessWest, will be held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, honoring 40 of the region’s rising stars under 40 years old. The program has become a prestigious honor in the Western Mass. business community, and the gala has become one of the region’s most anticipated spring events. An independent panel of judges chose this year’s class from more than 150 nominations, a record. Their stories were presented in the April 21 issue, and may also be read online at More details on the gala will be revealed in upcoming issues, but tickets cost $65, and they typically sell out quickly. For more information or to order tickets, call (413) 781-8600.

Western Mass. Business Expo
Oct. 29: BusinessWest Magazine will present the Fourth Annual Western Mass. Business Expo at the MassMutual Center in downmtown Springfield. The business-to-business show, which last year drew more than 2,000 visitors, will feature more than 100 booths, seminars and Show Floor Theater presentations, breakfast and lunch programs, and a day-capping Expo Social. Details about specific events, programs, and featured speakers will be printed in future issues of BusinessWest. Comcast Business will again be Presenting Sponsor, while the social will be sponsored by Northwestern Mutual. Current Silver Sponsors are Health New England and DIF Design, and additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on sponsorships or booth purchase, call (413) 781-8600.