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Now through August 17, 2015 – CORRESPONDENCE: The Monk’s Garden 1903 – 2013

The Gardner Museum recently commissioned Michael Van Valkenburgh to design a new four-season garden on the site of what Isabella Gardner called her “Monk’s Garden.” The redesigned Monk’s Garden, sited to the east of the historic palace, opened in September 2013 as part of the Museum’s expanded campus. CORRESPONDENCE features design process and construction drawings of the new garden, as well as communications between the design team and contractors responsible for its construction. The exhibition centers on a pair of letters between Norma Jean Calderwood Director Anne Hawley and Van Valkenburgh describing their aspirations for the new garden at the beginning of the design process. The exhibition also presents photographs that illustrate how greatly the garden has changed over the years.

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Wreath of the Day – Mimosas and Bloody Marys

We were surprised this year by a special delivery box from our friends at The Lenox Hotel. General Manager Dan Donahue was especially pleased with the holiday wreath he ordered and stopped by to check out our operation.  When he met the hard working volunteers he decided we needed a treat, and on Thursday, during our wrap up, along came Bloody Mary mix, lemons, celery, olives, Tabasco sauce, orange juice, and sparkling wine.  We’ve never gone out in such style!  Thank you to the Lenox.  Below is a beautiful wreath made by the decorator who so impressed Dan.

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Monday, January 19, 6:30 pm – Whole Grains and the Mighty Chickpea

Sofra Bakery will present Whole Grains and the Mighty Chickpea on Monday, January 19 beginning at 6:30 pm at their store located at 1 Belmont Street in Cambridge. Whole grains are currently popular on the American culinary scene and in the vocabulary of home chefs. They have long been a staple in the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean. Hailed for their nutritional value, fiber, and protein content, whole grains provide rich sustenance and can stand on their own in entrée dishes. We add to the mix one of our favorite legumes – the chickpea. Chickpeas can make appearances in so many formats: whole, ground into flour, or pureed into dips. In this class, Chef Ana Sortun will demonstrate Cauliflower Gratin with Fried Quinoa & Nigella Seeds and Pork Belly with Ribolitta & Grano. She will also feature a dish created by Sofra’s new Chef de Cuisine, Didem Hosgel: Potato Kofte with Chopped Radish Salad. To finish off the evening, Chef Ana will conclude with three different styles of Hummus – with bread, Syrian-style & “Taverna-style” with lamb. Please note that this class may end slightly later than 9:00 PM. Place your name on the waitlist at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whole-grains-and-the-mighty-chickpea-tickets-14609771219. Fee: $110.

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Wreath of the Day – Fringed Ribbon

We acquired some quirky new ribbon styles this year from a supplier on Albany Street, Hudson’s (www.hudsonboston.com). In some cases we were a bit wary of using these bows for customers we don’t know well.  The pictured wreath, for instance, has a gold fringed bow which could look torn or damaged if you didn’t examine it closely.  However, our designers love using something unique, and the fringe here was accented with Russian statice and dried yellow flowers.

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American Christmas with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra tonight

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by Mark Harvey of Arlington, celebrates its 42nd annual Christmas concert with joyous music in the spirit of the season titled "An American Christmas. Hear it Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston.

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Wednesday, January 7, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Tools and Equipment for the Management of Invasive Species in Natural Areas

Steven Manning will open the toolbox and outline examples of many effective treatments for integrated management of invasive plants in this Ecological Landscape Alliance Webinar on January 7 from 1 – 2 pm. Steve will highlight the good the bad and the ugly learned from more than 20 years of on the ground experience controlling invasive plants in the United States. This includes equipment highlights, effective and ineffective selective and non-selective control methods, the consequences of proper hiring practices, and associated costs and will cover herbicide application methods, manual, mechanical and cultural control.

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Wreath of the Day – Happiness

Happiness is working at The First Lutheran Church of Boston.  The space is simply ideal for our purposes – a semi-sheltered outdoor space for keeping the wreaths fresh but protected in inclement weather, a large workroom with attached kitchen, and a friendly and tolerant staff who put up with our noise and commotion for 4 1/2 days. Our special gratitude and thanks go to Pastor Ingo Dutzmann, who welcomes us each year with joy and love.

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