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Wreath of the Day – Flower Exchange Moves to Chelsea

One thing is certain during wreath week – we run out of supplies. No matter how organized we try to be, there will be some item – picks for attaching, white pine boughs for augmenting – that must be acquired, and in the past, running down to Albany Street wasn’t a big deal.  When the Boston Flower Exchange left the city to establish new headquarters in Chelsea, however, that quick errand became a 45 minute drive in heavy traffic. Co-chair Margaret Pokorny is to be commended for minimizing the need to make the trek, but she still found herself on the road on a number of occasions this past week. The wreath below shows some of the varied greens we use in our wreaths, much of which comes from our friend Pat Riccardi at the Boston Flower Exchange.

    Wreath of the Day - Flower Exchange Moves to Chelsea
    One thing is certain during wreath week - we run out of supplies. No matter how organized we try to be, there will be some item - picks for attaching, white pine boughs for augmenting - that must be acquired, and in the past, running down to Albany Street wasn't a big deal.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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Monday, April 9 – Monday, April 16 – Imperial Gardens of China

Hidden Treasures Tours presents a spring tour of the Imperial Gardens of China on April 9 – 16, 2018.  Arrive in Beijing, then tour the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, followed by a visit to the Summer Palace. You will see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, take a full day excursion to Chengde-Imperial Summer Mountain Resort, and then fly to Shanghai. While there, you will tour the 16th century Yu Yuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a full day in Suzhou Gardens before flying home.  The land coast is $1,895 per person based on double occupancy, with a $450 single supplement. Visa cost is $175.  Your tour guide will  be Mary Kroening, the founder of Hidden Treasures Tours. For complete information go to http://hiddentreasurestours.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/GARDENS-OF-CHINA-2018.pdf

    Monday, April 9 - Monday, April 16 - Imperial Gardens of China
    Hidden Treasures Tours presents a spring tour of the Imperial Gardens of China on April 9 - 16, 2018. Arrive in Beijing, then tour the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, followed by a visit to the Summer Palace.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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35 hours ago

Wreath of the Day – We’re Back!

The Garden Club of the Back Bay’s 2017 Wreath Week has concluded, and we are now resting, soaking our feet, bandaging our hands, and planning for 2018. For those new to this web site, we have a tradition of posting a Wreath of the Day feature each day from now through New Year’s Day, highlighting some of our beautiful creations, and sharing stories of the season. Remember that allows us to show you 24 wreaths out of the nearly 170 fully decorated wreaths created. We couldn’t be more proud of our decorators, and there are some designs which, if not published this month, will appear next fall as we gear up for the next sales season. We hope you enjoy and share with friends.  We will start with a classic almost all natural wreath – but look closely and you’ll spot glittery twigs of rhinestones among the rose hips, cones, magnolia leaves, incense cedar, dried flowers and white pine.

    Wreath of the Day - We're Back!
    The Garden Club of the Back Bay's 2017 Wreath Week has concluded, and we are now resting, soaking our feet, bandaging our hands, and planning for 2018. For those new to this web site, we have a tradition of posting a Wreath of the Day feature each day from now through New Year's Day, highlighting some of our beautiful creations, and sharing stories of the season.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

35 hours ago

Sunday, December 17, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Holiday Open House at The Gibson House

The Gibson House Museum is the only house museum in Back Bay. Since 1957, it has told the story of the Gibson family’s daily life during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through their everyday possessions, decorative objects, and furnishings. On Sunday, December 17, from 1 – 4, the house will be decorated for the holidays as it would have been decorated when the Gibsons were in residence. Light seasonal refreshments will be served. For more information visit www.thegibsonhouse.org.

    Sunday, December 17, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Holiday Open House at The Gibson House
    The Gibson House Museum is the only house museum in Back Bay. Since 1957, it has told the story of the Gibson family's daily life during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through their everyday possessions, decorative objects, and furnishings.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Boston

...from 5 to 10 p.m. as well. Reservations available by phone — (617) 574-7295. (10 Avery St., Downtown, Boston...

Go Mediterranean for Christmas dinner with a four-course meal with two entrees for the table and a special dessert tasting. Dinner priced at $65 per person. (79 Park Plaza, Back Bay, Boston)

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...m., $50 for adults and $19 for kids under 12. Kids under three eat free. (40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge...

...7 to 10:30 a.m. and dinner service from 5 to 8 p.m. (776 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston...

...and an eggnog crème brûlée for dessert. Reservations can be made online. (215 Charles St., Beacon Hill, Boston...

...with three courses available for $65. The restaurant also serves specialty cocktails, wine, and beer. (528 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston...

Reservations are still open for Christmas Day dining at Fin Point, which offers New England seafood and raw bar options, plus pizza, pasta, and some classics like lobster rolls and burgers. (89 Broad St., Downtown, Boston)

Out by the harbor, Meritage will serve a prix fixe Christmas menu (with or without wine pairings) from 4 to 9 p.m., with a la carte options for children under six. Call (617) 439-3995 to make a reservation. (70 Rowes Wharf, Boston)

The Christmas spread at Miel includes a rabbit and mushroom soup, prime rib, seared scallops, and a smoked pheasant breast with acorn squash. For dessert, there will be peppermint cheesecake and a classic bouche de noel. Menu available for $65 per person. (510 Atlantic Ave., Waterfront, Boston)

...11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for $75 per person and $25 per child. (1 Seaport Ln., Seaport, Boston...

A lobster Christmas is in store for diners at Abe & Louie’s. The restaurant will offer a boiled lobster dinner with two, three, or four pounds worth of meat, in addition to baked lobster with breadcrumbs and Maine lobster casserole. (793 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston)

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Ma Maison has both prix fixe and a la carte options available, including butternut squash soup, wild mushroom risotto, grilled rack of lamb, duck, and a traditional bouche de noel for dessert, along with many other items. (272 Cambridge St., Boston)

...open the rest of the day without the specials as well. Reservations recommended; check Reserve. (1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge...

Dig into some pumpkin tortelli or veal ossobuco at Bricco in the North End. The restaurant is taking reservations for Christmas Day and has plenty of wine, cognac, and whiskey to round out a special occasion. (241 Hanover St., North End, Boston)

Cube toasts and chinwiches and cola wings, oh my! Feast on Hong Kong-inspired dishes at this Chinatown spot, and don’t forget to save room for dessert. Reservations are still available on OpenTable. (86 Harrison Ave., Chinatown, Boston)

Taste the Caribbean in Cambridge this holiday, with options ranging from plantain balls with pork belly to ceviche, yucca fritters, and various empanadas. Main courses feature seafood, hearty cuts of meat, and rotisserie chicken. (450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge)

The restaurant’s menu of French dishes includes fois gras, mussels, ribeye, cheese, and desserts, and reservations are still available on OpenTable. (1627 Beacon St., Brookline)

This new spot in Southie has dinner reservations available for Christmas Day, serving its American menu of small bites, burgers and sandwiches, and wood-fired pizzas. (726 E Broadway, South Boston)

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Boston
    This holiday season, let Boston's restaurants do all the work. While many restaurants are closed for Christmas Day, various spots around the city will be in full swing, offering brunch, breakfast, and/or dinner. Whether you're looking for something traditional (a la honey-glazed ham) or something a little out of the ordinary (all-you-can-eat meat feast, perhaps?), it's not too late to snag a reservation somewhere.
    https://boston.eater.com

2 days ago

20% off at Tea Forte, Newbury Street

Enjoy 20% off the Tea Forte Newbury Street Entire Store 

    20% off at Tea Forte, Newbury Street
    Enjoy 20% off the Tea Forte Newbury Street Entire Store Now through December 15, enjoy 20% off the entire store when you visit Tea Forte Newbury Street. Purchase gifts for everyone on your list AND something for yourself as you receive a gift with your $100, $150, or $300 purchase.
    http://www.bostonbackbay.com

2 days ago

Holiday Tea at The Courtyard Restaurant

Join in a Boston tradition this holiday season and come to The Courtyard Restaurant for afternoon holiday tea.

    Holiday Tea at The Courtyard Restaurant at the Boston Public Library
    Join in a Boston tradition this holiday season and come to The Courtyard Restaurant for afternoon holiday tea. Enjoy a moment of calm with the company of the people you cherish most.
    http://www.bostonbackbay.com

2 days ago

Wednesday, December 13, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Latkes & Lanterns

Celebrate the festival of lights with lanterns and latkes at Powisset Farm in Dover, a property of The Trustees of Reservations. Join the in the kitchen on Wednesday, December 13 from 5 – 7 while they experiment with a variety of potato (and other root veggies) pancake recipes, using fresh produce from the farm, and then create lanterns for everyone to bring home.

    Wednesday, December 13, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Latkes & Lanterns
    Celebrate the festival of lights with lanterns and latkes at Powisset Farm in Dover, a property of The Trustees of Reservations. Join the in the kitchen on Wednesday, December 13 from 5 - 7 while they experiment with a variety of potato (and other root veggies) pancake recipes, using fresh produce from the farm, and then create lanterns for everyone to bring home.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

2 days ago

Friday, December 15, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Using Biological Products to Fight Diseases and Pests Webinar

The use of biological products for growth enhancement and disease and pest control has changed the treatment programs of many organic (and even non-organic) plant, turf and tree care professionals. Joe Magazzi, from Green Earth Ag & Turf, will discuss how advances made in biological products have resulted in effective treatments that target the pest and not the rest. This December 15 webinar begins at 12:30 pm and is sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance. Free for ELA members, $10 for nonmembers. Sign up at http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/webinar-enemy-enemy-friend-using-biological-products-fight-diseases-pests/

    Friday, December 15, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Using Biological Products to Fight Diseases and Pests Webinar
    The use of biological products for growth enhancement and disease and pest control has changed the treatment programs of many organic (and even non-organic) plant, turf and tree care professionals. Joe Magazzi, from Green Earth Ag & Turf, will discuss how advances made in biological products have resulted in effective treatments that target the pest and not the rest.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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Thank You to Best of Back Bay Premium Sponsors

The Back Bay Association would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following Best of Back Bay Premium sponsors for their generous support.

    Thank You to Our Best of Back Bay Premium Sponsors
    A special thank you to the companies who supported the Best of Back Bay and whose donations will fund the Back Bay Association's work through next year.
    http://www.bostonbackbay.com

3 days ago

Monday, January 22 – Friday, January 26, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – ON LOCATION: The Kampong

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens announces the 2017 annual ON LOCATION: The Kampong, at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Coconut Grove, Florida. All abilities are welcome.   Join Sarah Roche and enjoy five days of botanical art.  Once on location, start to draw with easy field sketches on the grounds of the stunning Kampong historic home and garden, where the climate of the southeast shore of Florida affords a natural open-air environment in which tropical species flourish.  Explore rudiments of form from live specimens as you work in graphite studies.  Some plants will be flowering, others will be fruiting, and some may have all stages of development visible.  Then add color with watercolors.  Take home a journal filled with field sketches useful for future art works and fond memories of a unique experience.  The fee includes class instruction, four luncheons, two half-day visits to local botanic gardens and/or a museum, a Thursday evening Kampong member lecture by Sarah Roche.  Travel, accommodations, other food, and other expenses not included.  Dormitory accommodations at The Kampong may be arranged on a first-come basis.  For those arriving on Sunday, January 21, a get-acquainted gathering will be arranged.  Contact WCBG Friends for more details.  WCBG Friends of Kampong Members $515, non-members $615. To register, email wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu or call 781-283-3094. Offered in collaboration with The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden.

    Monday, January 22 - Friday, January 26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - ON LOCATION: The Kampong
    Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens announces the 2017 annual ON LOCATION: The Kampong, at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Coconut Grove, Florida. All abilities are welcome. Join Sarah Roche and enjoy five days of botanical art.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

3 days ago

Final Season – 2018 Trees of Boston Calendar

The images for the 2018 Trees of Boston Calendar were all taken in the Arnold Arboretum, home to thousands of different plants from around the world.

    Final Season - 2018 Trees of Boston Calendar
    The images for the 2018 Trees of Boston Calendar were all taken in the Arnold Arboretum, home to thousands of different plants from around the world. Erik Gehring, the photographer, thanks the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for the use of its collection for this calendar.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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