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This is the 17th century, Brandenburg family ...

This is the 17th century, Brandenburg family escutcheon (coat of arms). It was purchased by the actor Henry Irving (known inspiring Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula) in 1882 and then given by Irving to Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1902. The coat of arms is normally in the Museum’s Long Gallery, but is currently in our conservation labs being researched and restored.

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    This is the 17th century, Brandenburg family escutcheon (coat of arms). It was purchased by the actor Henry Irving (known inspiring Bram Stoker's Count Dracula) in 1882 and then given by Irving to...
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Wreath of the Day – Devil’s Claw

Member Glenda Mattes brought in some unique pods called Devil’s Claws (Harpagophytum procumbens) , sent to her by cousins in Lincoln County, Kansas. The pods, according to Wikipedia, are in the sesame family and are native to southern Africa. You can see an example put to good use in the wreath below. They are the pincer-like thin items on either side of the middle of the wreath.

    Wreath of the Day - Devil's Claw
    Member Glenda Mattes brought in some unique pods called Devil's Claws (Harpagophytum procumbens ) , sent to her by cousins in Lincoln County, Kansas. The pods, according to Wikipedia, are in the sesame family and are native to southern Africa. You can see an example put to good use in the wreath below.
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Thursday, December 21 – Winter Solstice with The Trustees

The Trustees are celebrating the Winter Solstice on December 21 at a number of different venues. Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich is the site of a Winter Solstice Walk from 5 – 6:30, and Fruitlands Solstice Stroll in Harvard from 4:30 – 6:30 features a candlelit walk followed by hot chocolate and s’mores around the outdoor firepit. The Old Manse in Concord hosts Illumination Night with hot cider and rum, and Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich is where you’ll get to attend the somewhat strenuous Dunes to Tavern Solstice Stroll (6:30 – 9:30).  Powisset Farm in Dover will hold Mindfulness on the Farm (bring a mat), as well as a Fondue Dinner,  and for those near Governor Hutchinson’s Field in Milton, enjoy a fire dance performance at Solstice Illumination Night from 6 – 8. Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough holds a Farmstead Solstice Stroll, and both Francis William Bird Park in Walpole and the Ward Reservation in Andover and North Andover are putting on Winter Solstice Celebrations.  Fees and times vary, so to check them all out visit www.thetrustees.org.

    Thursday, December 21 - Winter Solstice with The Trustees
    The Trustees are celebrating the Winter Solstice on December 21 at a number of different venues. Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich is the site of a Winter Solstice Walk from 5 - 6:30, and Fruitlands Solstice Stroll in Harvard from 4:30 - 6:30 features a candlelit walk followed by hot chocolate and s'mores around the outdoor firepit.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

13 hours ago

Luxe living with a Harvard touch

The nine-room, three-bedroom condo at 380 Commonwealth Ave. — among five units that are part of The Residences at the Harvard Club — has an asking price of $6.3 million.

    Luxe living with a Harvard touch
    The new owner of a spacious luxury condo overlooking Boston's Commonwealth Avenue will get direct access - for an additional membership fee - to the amenities offered by the Harvard Club next door, including a gym, squash court, two restaurants and banquet facilities.The nine-room, three-bedroom condo at 380 Commonwealth Ave.
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Long week? We hear ya! Stop by the Gardner an...

Long week? We hear ya! Stop by the Gardner and soak up the galleries and courtyard after work today. We’re open until 9 pm.

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Long week? We hear ya! Stop by the Gardner and soak up the galleries and courtyard after work today. We're open until 9 pm.
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23 hours ago

On Saturday, December 16, drop by the Educati...

On Saturday, December 16, drop by the Education Studio between 11 am and 4:30 pm for a hands-on art activity. Consider the iconic portraits throughout the Museum and create your own project inspired by them: http://bit.ly/2zch7HR

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    On Saturday, December 16, drop by the Education Studio between 11 am and 4:30 pm for a hands-on art activity. Consider the iconic portraits throughout the Museum and create your own project inspired...
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31 hours ago

Wreath of the Day – Don’t Forget Hanukkah

We love celebrating all the winter holidays, and we do many “non-specific” wreaths with a winter theme, or a gilded look, but some of our most successful stress the blue and silver of Hanukkah.  The work below symbolizes the holiday of lights very well.

    Wreath of the Day - Don't Forget Hanukkah
    We love celebrating all the winter holidays, and we do many "non-specific" wreaths with a winter theme, or a gilded look, but some of our most successful stress the blue and silver of Hanukkah. The work below symbolizes the holiday of lights very well.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

31 hours ago

Dale Stephanos Pop Up Gallery at 222 Newbury Street

Award-winning illustrator Dale Stephanos presents an exclusive collection of his work at a pop up gallery on Boston's historic Newbury Street.

    Dale Stephanos Pop-Up at 222 Newbury Street
    Dale Stephanos Limited Engagement Debuts on Newbury Street Award-winning illustrator Dale Stephanos will present an exclusive collection of his work for the month of December at a pop up gallery on Boston's historic Newbury Street. Dale Stephanos, Limited Engagement, includes an intimate look at his paintings, drawings, prints and original illustration.
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33 hours ago

Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Bradley Estate Holly Daze Open House

Saturday and Sundays at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, Massachusetts feature the Bradley Estate Holly Daze Open Houses with each room of the Estate decorated on a seasonal garden theme with family-oriented holiday music and games, hot drinks and festive cookies. Music by local youth and adult artists, and decorations by area garden club members and scout groups. Members of The Trustees of Reservations $5, nonmembers $10, children free. For more information call 508-636-4693 x 5003, or email bradley@thetrustees.org.

    Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm - Bradley Estate Holly Daze Open House
    Saturday and Sundays at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, Massachusetts feature the Bradley Estate Holly Daze Open Houses with each room of the Estate decorated on a seasonal garden theme with family-oriented holiday music and games, hot drinks and festive cookies.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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BOSTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING – December 13, 2017

...of a new facility for the Boston Arts Academy, located on the existing site at 174 Ipswich. Because this is a capital appropriation, there are two votes required at least two weeks...

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...declare various land parcels as surplus and allow their transfer to the Public Facilities Commission: 1 Akron St, 11 Chipman St, 52 Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella...

...parcels as surplus and allow their transfer to the Public Facilities Commission: 1 Akron St, 11 Chipman St, 52 Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella...

...and allow their transfer to the Public Facilities Commission: 1 Akron St, 11 Chipman St, 52 Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella...

...transfer to the Public Facilities Commission: 1 Akron St, 11 Chipman St, 52 Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella...

...Public Facilities Commission: 1 Akron St, 11 Chipman St, 52 Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella...

...1 Akron St, 11 Chipman St, 52 Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St...

...Chipman St, 52 Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave...

...Elmont St, 24 Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St...

...Leston St, 97 Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St, 0 Tucker St...

...Marcella St, 93-95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St, 0 Tucker St, 436 Warren Ave...

...95 Marcella St, 101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St, 0 Tucker St, 436 Warren Ave, 26 West Cottage...

...101 Marcella St, 105 Marcella St, 109 Marcella St, 113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St, 0 Tucker St, 436 Warren Ave, 26 West Cottage St, 30 Westville...

...113 Marcella St, 115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St, 0 Tucker St, 436 Warren Ave, 26 West Cottage St, 30 Westville St. Councilor Flaherty reported that at the hearing held...

...115 Marcella St, 30 Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St, 0 Tucker St, 436 Warren Ave, 26 West Cottage St, 30 Westville St. Councilor Flaherty reported that at the hearing held on this issue we...

...Mildred Ave, 85 Selden St, 0 Tucker St, 436 Warren Ave, 26 West Cottage St, 30 Westville St. Councilor Flaherty reported that at the hearing held on this issue we learned that the...

...for the proposal from Natural Selections, a medical marijuana company, to open a dispensary at 50 Clapp Street in Dorchester. Councilor Baker, in whose district this dispensary intends to locate, supported the letter...

    Boston City Council meeting - December 13, 2017
    Today was also the last meeting of the year, and the final meeting with Councilors Tito Jackson and Sal LaMattina. Everyone stood to thank each of them for their dedication and service to the City of Boston and wished them well on their next adventures.
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2 days ago

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shared their ...

Join us on the longest night of the year for an evening of warmth and connection! Enjoy a drink by the Courtyard, hands-on-art making with local artists, live music, and illuminating conversations.

    Third Thursdays: Winter Solstice
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2 days ago

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum added an even...

On the longest night of the year, we partner with our friends at Transformative Culture Project for an evening of warmth and connection. Enjoy a drink by the Courtyard, hands-on-art making with local artists, live music, and illuminating conversations. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the Museum at night. This lively, social evening features music, creative collaborators, a cash bar, playful gallery activities, and hands-on art making.

    Third Thursdays: Winter Solstice
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2 days ago

It’s Back! Bar Boulud Seasonal Pie Pop-Up!

November 6 - 26, visit Chef Differ's pop-up pie shop and be the most popular guest at Thanksgiving.

    Bar Boulud's Seasonal Pie Pop-Up Shop is Back!
    Chef Robert Differ's Seasonal Pie Pop-Up Returns This November, Pastry Chef Robert Differ will once again showcase a selection of classic homemade holiday pies, thoughtfully packaged and ready for pick-up at Bar Boulud's Pie Pop-Up Shop. A perfect gift to share with friends, family and colleagues, online pie orders will be available November 6 to 26, 2017 .
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2 days ago

Bûche de Noël Pop-Up at Bar Boulud Boston is Back for a Limited Time

Four flavors of Bûche de Noël are available at Bar Boulud this holiday season.

    Bûche de Noël Pop-Up at Bar Boulud Boston
    Taking a modern approach to a classic French confection, Pastry Chef Robert Differ's bûche de Noël pop-up at Bar Boulud Boston is back and Chef Differ invites aspiring bakers to join him for an intimate pastry class featuring the traditional Parisian holiday dessert: Bûche de Noël.
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2 days ago

Theater Menu at Artisan Bistro for Pre- or Post-Nutcracker Dining

For a limited time, enjoy a $39, 3-course prix-fixe theater menu, as well as two new signature cocktails, during show days from 5 - 10 pm.

    Artisan Bistro Now Had a Special Pre- or Post-Nutcracker Theater Menu
    Artisan Bistro loves the Nutcracker and they will be embracing this Boston tradition by featuring a prix fixe theater menu during show days from 5:00pm to 10:00pm along with signature cocktails: Snowflakes and Northern Lights at $15 each all month long.
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2 days ago

Wreath of the Day – Carnival Glass

We store some of our leftover supplies from year to year at our storage unit in Brighton – primarily extra ribbon, wire, tools, easels, tables, and picks. For a while, we had an oversupply of glass balls in a variety of hues. Glass balls can be useful when a shot of color is needed in a wreath, but because we are mostly known for our natural decorations, we use them sparingly.  A buying moratorium was called on glass balls in 2017, which we complied with until we spotted the new carnival glass balls, and also an iridescent peridot color which we felt we couldn’t live without.  Once again we stored our extra glass ornaments, but we are happy to continue exploring new materials in our designs.  Below is a wreath which incorporated the carnival glass balls in a design for a customer who will hang the wreath on her Victorian home.

    Wreath of the Day - Carnival Glass
    We store some of our leftover supplies from year to year at our storage unit in Brighton - primarily extra ribbon, wire, tools, easels, tables, and picks. For a while, we had an oversupply of glass balls in a variety of hues.
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2 days ago

Wednesday, December 27, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm – Owls of the World – Who’s Watching You?

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents its annual Owls of the World event on Wednesday, December 27 at three times, 10, 12:30, and 3. Have you ever seen an owl up close? Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson as they introduce you to live owls of New England and beyond…including the Great Horned Owl, the Snowy Owl and the Eurasian Eagle Owl. The owls you will see, due to injury or mishap, are unable to survive in the wild. Learn about their field marks and natural history. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on attracting and protecting the owls near you. $15 at the door, online $10 for Museum members, $12 for nonmembers. Photo from www.eyesonowls.com. Reservations are required at http://www.ccmnh.org/Events/Owls-of-the-World-2017

    Wednesday, December 27, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm - Owls of the World - Who's Watching You?
    The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents its annual Owls of the World event on Wednesday, December 27 at three times, 10, 12:30, and 3. Have you ever seen an owl up close?
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Wreath of the Day – Sharpest Knife in the Drawer

During wreath making, we cut ribbon, we cut wire, we cut branches, we trim dried materials – we clip and snip at a furious pace, and by the end of the week our tools are dull and pitted. This season, wonderful neighbors Jim and Jennifer Hill, who own the fabulous KitchenWares by Blackstones store at 215 Newbury Street, played Santa and delivered over gift certificates for free sharpening. Because our tools were in storage and not accessible until just before we started, we decided to take advantage of this kindness at the end of the week, so that next year we will begin the season with the sharpest tools available.  We encourage you to visit https://www.kitchenwaresboston.com/ or, if you stop in for holiday shopping, take a moment to thank them for their generosity. Their sister store is Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, another spot we highly recommend. The wreath pictured below, with its abundance of lotus pods, pine cones, milkweed and peony pods, and other more exotic dried materials, would not be possible without good clippers.

    Wreath of the Day - Sharpest Knife in the Drawer
    During wreath making, we cut ribbon, we cut wire, we cut branches, we trim dried materials - we clip and snip at a furious pace, and by the end of the week our tools are dull and pitted.
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3 days ago

Friday, December 22, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm – Sparkle!

Sparkle! Enjoy Blithewold’s marshmallow-roasting-Christmas-carol-singing-cocoa-sipping-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths-fun-for-the-whole-family event at the Gardens located at 101 Ferry Road in Bristol, Rhode Island.

    Friday, December 22, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm - Sparkle!
    Sparkle! Enjoy Blithewold's marshmallow-roasting-Christmas-carol-singing-cocoa-sipping-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths-fun-for-the-whole-family event at the Gardens located at 101 Ferry Road in Bristol, Rhode Island. Free Hot Cocoa. S'mores kits are 1 for $2, and 3 for $5 (a part of the proceeds benefits the Boy Scouts). Carol-singing around the fire performances at 6 and 7 pm.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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4 days ago

Public Facilities Commission Meeting (PFD)

...feasibility study and prepare a schematic design for the Boston Arts Academy project located at 174 Ipswich Street, Boston, MA...

    Public Facilities Commission Meeting (PFD)
    The presenter is the Public Facilities Department. VOTE 1: James McQueen, Senior Project Manager Amendment to the vote of September 22, 2017: Regarding a contract with Perkins Eastman Architects, D.P.C. to conduct a feasibility study and prepare a schematic design for the Boston Arts Academy project.
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4 days ago

Wreath of the Day – Trouble in Tahiti

Our volunteers are the backbone of this project, and when one of our volunteers goes AWOL, we are not amused. This year Maureen O’Hara, a star delivery coordinator, salesperson, and site manager, was given the opportunity to go to Tahiti during wreath week.  What is the world coming to? In honor of her trip (which we hope never ever happens again in December) we showcase an orchid-filled chartreuse wreath which to us symbolizes a tropical holiday.

    Wreath of the Day - Trouble in Tahiti
    Our volunteers are the backbone of this project, and when one of our volunteers goes AWOL, we are not amused. This year Maureen O'Hara, a star delivery coordinator, salesperson, and site manager, was given the opportunity to go to Tahiti during wreath week. What is the world coming to?
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

4 days ago

Monday, June 11 – Sunday, June 17 – Seattle: Public & Private Gardens In and Around the Emerald City

Join Pacific Horticulture on June 11 – 17 in the Emerald City where our local contact, Greg Graves, has organized an extraordinary collection of exclusive private garden visits. From our base at the boutique Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle we’ll make day trips to neighboring islands, including Bainbridge where we’ll tour Bloedel Reserve, one of the finest gardens in the nation (image below from www.highcountrygardens.com). A day visiting gardens east of Seattle includes the Bellevue Botanical Garden; another day we’ll head south to the legendary Old Goat Farm for dinner and a nursery tour. Back in the city, we’ll visit the remarkable exhibits and gardens at Chihuly Garden & Glass. This tour will be escorted by former PHS board member Greg Graves. Don’t miss this special opportunity to get beyond the garden gate with one of Seattle’s most well-connected horticulturist.

    Monday, June 11 - Sunday, June 17 - Seattle: Public & Private Gardens In and Around the Emerald City
    Join Pacific Horticulture on June 11 - 17 in the Emerald City where our local contact, Greg Graves, has organized an extraordinary collection of exclusive private garden visits. From our base at the boutique Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle we'll make day trips to neighboring islands, including Bainbridge where we'll tour Bloedel Reserve, one of the finest gardens in the nation (image below from www.highcountrygardens.com).
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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