The Garden Club of the Back Bay Announces 2017 Grants

At the Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of the Back Bay on May 8, the membership approved the following grants for fiscal year 2017. These grants, given to organizations whose mission closely tracks our own, are in addition to $20,000 allocated directly to neighborhood tree care.  We thank all our volunteers and supporters, who make the magic happen.  Image courtesy of The following list is in alphabetical order:

Arnold Arboretum: $1,500 for the Campaign for the Living Collections, to collect and preserve plants of critical conservation value.

Blossom Fund of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America: $500

Boston Nature Center/Mass Audubon: $4,000, to support scholarships for their summer camp.  Children range in age from 5 – 14 and are from local neighborhoods of Mattapan, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain.

Charles River Clean Up Boat: $2,000

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Committee: $5,000 for its tree care program, including Dutch elm disease monitoring and soil improvement.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy: $2,500, to the Olmsted Tree Society for planting a pathway tree.

Esplanade Association: $5,000, for the 2017 critical tree maintenance program, allocated to pruning.

Friends of Copley Square: $1,500 for treating trees for root stress, and for fertilizer and fungicide.

Friends of the Public Garden: $5,000 for tree care and preservation of the historic elms planted on Commonwealth Avenue in the block west of Massachusetts Avenue.

Food Project: $2,000 for building raised bed gardens for Boston residents and community centers.

Mothers Out Front: $1,000 for educating the public on the effects of gas leaks on trees in the urban landscape.

Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Pollinator-Friendly Gardens and Landscapes

Bees and other beneficial insects are all the buzz these days – and for good reason. Pollinator populations are crashing both locally and worldwide, yet these small forms of wildlife are vital to food production, pest control, and environmental stability. With just a few changes in your property management, you can help support and maintain a diversity of pollinator and beneficial insect species in your backyard or farm. On Thursday, June 1 at 7 pm, learn to identify the good – and bad – bugs flying around your gardens, and at the same time welcome a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of gardening and nature. The lecture will be held at the Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley.

Ellen Sousa is an author, garden coach and designer from Turkey Hill Brook Farm, a habitat farm and native plant nursery in Spencer, MA. Since 2007, Ellen has worked with homeowners, landowners and non-profit organizations to design and manage landscapes that support food production and local biodiversity. She is the author of the book The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden.

Mass Hort Members: $12; General Admission: $20. Sign up online at

Sunday, June 4, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Farrand’s National Park Legacy

Roxanne Brouse, Landscape Architect with Rieley & Assoc. in Charlottesville, Virginia, has done extensive work on Beatrix Farrand’s Maine landscapes. Her monograph, entitled The Public-Spirited Beatrix Farrand of Mount Desert Island, recently published by the Beatrix Farrand Society, is the first detailed guide to Farrand’s collaboration with John D. Rockefeller Jr. on the carriage trails of Acadia National Park. Ms. Brouse will elucidate this lesser know facet of Farrand’s career at the 11th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture, to be held Sunday, June 4 from 2 – 4 at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site on Albany Post Roadin Hyde Park, New York. There will be a Reception, Heirloom Plant Sale, and Garden Boutique in the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield following the lecture.  Tickets: $35.00 for Beatrix Farrand Garden Association Members and $45.00 for Non-Members. You may reserve on line at

Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm – Sogetsu Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

The Andover Garden Club will meet Tuesday, June 6 at the Andover Country Club, Canterbury Street in Andover, for a general meeting with luncheon and presentation. Presentation and demonstration by Tomoko Tanaka, a Wellesley resident who began her training in her native of Japan. She holds a certificate of Riji, the highest rank of the Sogetsu School. Cost $40, including lunch and speaker. Checks payable to Andover Garden Club due by May 24, 2017. Mail to Sandy Clevesy, 165 Hidden Road, Andover, MA 01810.  Guests are welcome for coffee and general meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Sandy at

Sunday, June 4, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Rain Garden Fundamentals

As more land is developed for building, badly needed space for storm water absorption and cleaning is rapidly disappearing. Rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas by cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff so that it doesn’t pollute water bodies. On Sunday, June 4 from 1:30 – 3 at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, learn how rain gardens work, how you can create a low-tech and effective rain garden, and which durable natives you should plant there. Presented by Anna Fialkoff in conjunction with the Ecological Landscape Alliance. $20 for members of sponsoring organizations, $24 for nonmembers. Anna Fialkoff is an Ecological Horticulturist & Designer at Garden in the Woods, New England Wild Flower Society. She is a graduate of the Conway School of Landscape Design. Register and see more at:

Sunday, June 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Greater Boston Open Days

Each year hundreds of exceptional gardens nationwide are selected to participate in Garden Conservancy’s Open Days.

This year, the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust has partnered with the Garden Conservancy to organize Greater Boston Area Open Days on June 11th featuring the Wakefield Estate in Milton, and other outstanding gardens. Begin your day at the Wakefield Estate, pick up a map and head out to see some great and inspiring gardens. For more information, go to Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program website ( for more information on the Greater Boston Open Days.

Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Country Garden Tour & Plant Sale

The 2017 Art in Our Gardens Country Garden Tour is scheduled for Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 2017.  Hours are 10 AM to 4 pm each day. Mark your calendar now. This event is a major fundraiser for the Carlisle Garden Club. Proceeds are used for town beautification projects, scholarships for high school students and civic programs.  Complete details and ticket purchase link may be found at  Photo below, from 2015 tour, is a sculpture by artist Jic Davis entitled Girl in Stone.  Photo by Cary Spanbauer.

Saturday, May 27 – Rockport Garden Club Plant Sale

The Rockport Garden Club will hold its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 27 at Greentop, 158 Granite Street in Rockport.  Healthy plants grown by garden club members will be available at affordable prices.  Perennials, annuals, herbs, veggies, shrubs, hanging baskets, container gardens, and trees are all available. Also, browse a distinctive array of raffle items and handcrafted garden themed items.  For times and more information visit

Sunday, June 4, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Lincoln Tree Tour and Champagne Reception

The Lincoln Garden Club is promoting a Tree Tour with champagne reception on June 4, 2017, from 1 – 7. A booklet with guiding maps and information on historical sites and trees will lead people through several historical areas in Lincoln, such as the Lincoln Public Library and its genetically unique twisting catalpa tree. Starting location: Pierce House 17 Weston Rd, Lincoln. Cost: $45 (single), $80 (2 tickets), $150 (4 tickets).  Contact: Daniela Caride at or call 262-416-1618.

Thursday, May 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Tour The Rose Kennedy Greenway

Join The Massachusetts Horticultural Society on Thursday, May 25 at 10 am for a 1.5 mile walk through the Rose Kennedy Greenway led by Jesse Brackenbury, Executive Director of the Greenway. Jesse will discuss many of the Greenway’s features, including its horticulture, history (such as Mass Hort’s involvement), programs, public art, and more. Pre-registration required. Mass Hort Members: $15; General Admission: $22. Sign up at