4 hours ago

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.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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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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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

27 hours 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

34 hours ago

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2 days ago

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

2 days ago

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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3 days 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

3 days 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

3 days ago

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