Monthly Archives: April 2009

Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, May 31 – Open House, A Standard Flower Show

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and The Massachusetts Horticultural Society present Open House, A Standard Flower Show, at The Manor House & The Educational Building, Elm Bank Horticultural Center, Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482.  Hours are Saturday, 10 – 4, and Sunday, 11 – 4.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Garden Club of the Back Bay Member Donna Morrissey is Co-Chairman of the Flower Show Committee, so we hope all our members will try to attend.  Open House is the second joint venture in what may become a biennial tradition at Elm Bank, home of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.  Each organization is dedicated to the pursuit of perfection in horticulture and design.  Inspired by the surroundings at Elm Bank and mindful of the elements and principles of design, the aim of this show is to complement the Georgian House.  For directions and more information, log on to or

Sunday, May 10, 10 – 4 – Lilac Sunday

Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. On Lilac Sunday, garden enthusiasts from all over New England gather at the Arboretum to picnic, watch Morris dancing, and tour the lilac collection. On the day of the event, which takes place rain or shine, the Arboretum is open as usual from dawn to dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Street parking along the Arboretum perimeter is limited and visitors are advised to take public transportation. Some parking spaces outside the gates will be designated for special-needs visitors. No unauthorized vehicles will be allowed within the gates during the event. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; wheelchairs may not be reserved in advance. Please inquire at the front desk of the Hunnewell Building or at the information tents inside the Forest Hills Gate and Center Street Gate if you or someone in your party requires a wheelchair. Log on to for more information.

Sunday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. – Hill House Backyard Dash

Lace up your sneakers and get the entire family warmed up for a day of outdoor fun along the Esplanade at the Hill House Backyard Dash.  The 1 mile fun run/walk along the Charles River will take off from Fiedler Field, and will precede the community picnic and “backyard” themed kids festival, with family-friendly carnival games & activities ranging from obstacle courses to face-painting.  There will also be the second annual toddler-trotted Diaper Dash for children 4 and under.  Mayor Thomas Menino, along with Wally the Green Monster, will be on hand to add to the excitement of the day.  The event is open to participants of all ages.  The race fee is $10 per child, $15 per adult, and $50 for a family.  Then, the day after the Dash, head over to Charles Street where several businesses will be offering deals and discounts to anyone wearing their Backyard Dash bracelet or medal.  For more information, or to register on-line, log on to

Friday, May 1, 1:30 – 4:30 pm – Memorial Service for Esther Gaum

The life of the late Esther Gaum, a member of The Garden Club of the Back Bay for over forty years, will be celebrated on Friday, May 1, at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  Esther, who passed away peacefully at her home on October 9, 2008, was a member of The College Club, The Merry Matrons,  and was a talented craftswoman.  A brief memorial service at 1:30 will be followed by tea and refreshments.  By Invitation Only.

Tuesday, May 12, 12 noon – Fred Mauet Bench Dedication

You are invited to attend the dedication of a memorial bench for Fred Mauet on Tuesday, May 12 at 12 noon on the Berkeley to Clarendon block of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall (near the General Glover statue.)  The bench is a gift to the Mall from the Friends of the Public Garden and from the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay in honor of Fred’s life and service to our neighborhoods and parks.  Refreshments to follow at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue.  Please respond to Liz Vizza at by May 5th.  Fred was a great friend of The Garden Club of the Back Bay, and we are pleased to join with the Friends and with NABB at this event.

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 29th Annual Herb Plant Sale

The New England Unit of the Herb Society of America is sponsoring the 29th Annual Herb Plant Sale at Elm Bank, home of the Masachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA on Saturday, May 9 beginning at 9 a.m.  Free Admission and Parking.  Over 200 varieties of perennial and annual herbs will be available for sale, including culinary, fragrant and medicinal herbs. Proceeds help support educational projects, including the Teaching Herb Garden at Elm Bank.  Visit for directions and more information.

Monday, May 18, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Following in her Footsteps Awards Breakfast

Save America’s Treasures invites you to join them Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt: A Project to Preserve Her Val-Kill Home, at a breakfast where the Following in her Footsteps Award will be presented to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday, May 18, from 8-10 a.m. in the United Nations Delegates Dining Room, 46th Street and First Avenue, New York City.  Guest speakers will include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.  $250 ticket price.  For further information contact Kristine Bruch at 212-228-7446, ext 15, or email

Saturday, April 25- Sunday, April 26 – Gardeners Weekend at MIT Endicott House

Nurturing Your Garden: Learn the techniques of creating and maintaining a New England garden from Endicott House’s own horticultural staff. Enhance your garden with vibrant colors and invigorating depth through hands on planting, lectures and demonstrations in our greenhouse.  Bring your landscape diagram and find out what will work best for you.  Experience 25 acres of theme gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.  80 Haven Street, Dedham, Massachusetts. By weekend’s end you will have chosen a variety of plants from our greenhouse, which we will nurture for you until planting time. $189 per person.

Package includes:overnight accommodations, refreshment breaks, lunch and dinner Saturday,brunch on Sunday.Mansion rooms blocked on a first come first serve basis.  For more information, or to make a reservation, call 781-326-5151.

Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Casey Farm Plant Sale & Open House

Join Historic New England at Casey Farm’s kick-off event for the summer season. A variety of organic plants are available for sale, including unusual and old-fashioned varieties of annual and perennial flowers, heirloom vegetables, and culinary herbs.  Free tours of the grounds will continue throughout the day and the festivities extend through Sunday, May 10 (10-4).  Admission free.  Casey Farm, Saunderstown, Rhode Island.  For more information and directions call 401-295-1030, or log on to

Wednesday, April 29, 6-7 pm – Improve Your Personal Safety

The Crime Committee of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay is sponsoring a special Back Bay Public Safety Forum in the Glass Orientation Room of the Boston Public Library, Copley Square entrance, on Wednesday, April 29 from 6-7 pm.  The forum will include a presentation by Sgt. Gary Eblan of the Boston Police Academy.  He will discuss such topics as making yourself a tough target, awareness of your surroundings, victim profile, perpetrator profile, risk assessment, and a plan of action.  Free and open to the public.