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.

Thursday, April 30, 5:30 pm – Boston Preservation Alliance Auction and Awards

Join the Boston Preservation Alliance for A Date with Deco at the Landmark, at 160 Federal Street in Boston.  Silent and Live Auctions begin at 5:30.  Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails by La Morra, Wines by Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  Tickets $75 ($40 deductible contribution).  For more information on the awards and auction items log on to

Thursday, May 7, 6-7:30 – Opening Reception, “The Poetry of a Chinese Watercolor Spring”

Jing Hua’s watercolor painting garnered high acclaim in her last exhibit at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  Jing Hua uses traditional Chinese brush painting techniques to paint landscapes, birds and flowers, and figures in either detail or free style.  Her watercolors move between classic and contemporary Chinese concepts.  Ms. Dalia’s works reflect her intensive training that began at the age of nine with her father, the prominent Chinese artist and calligraphy master Chiang Kai-shek’s son, Chiang Ching-guo, the President of the Republic of China.  Her studying continued under some of China’s most outstanding watercolorists. She earned a degree from the National Taiwan Normal University and went on to graduate work in Hawaii.  She has exhibited at galleries across the country including the Soho Art Museum, The Copley Society, and the Currier Museum.  Meet the artist at the opening reception, which will offer a cash bar and light refreshments.  Free and open to the public.  For more information call 508-869-6111, or log on to  The exhibit will run from May 5 – June 14, 2009.

Wednesday, April 22, 6-8 – How To Shop A Nursery

Massachusetts Horticultural Society kicks off the first talk in the Wednesday Nights at Elm Bank lecture series on April 22 from 6-8 pm.  If you would like to get a professional’s tips on selecting the best from a nursery, come hear Tom Ward, who will answer questions including “Where do I find what I want to grow?’ and “How do I know which plant to buy?”  Putting in healthy plants is one of the keys to successful gardening and Tom will share his many decades of experience in choosing the right plant. He will talk about how to evaluate nursery stock when presented with dozens of seemingly identical plants, and how to put that plant in the ground once it’s purchased.  $10 public, $5 MHS Member.  You may register on line, and read more about the Wednesday Nights series,  at

Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day

Log on to the earthdaynetwork, for links and up to date information on Earth Day events nationwide.  There will be an EarthWorks tree planting in Roxbury, an urban farming event in Dorchester, a Fort Washington Park Spring Cleaning in Cambridge, an Earth Day Kick-Off 2009 at Suffolk University with the Sierra Club,  a Bike, Skate, Walk Transportation Alternatives Outreach in Beacon Hill, a Boston Bike Cycling Skills Clinic, also in Beacon Hill, and dozens more events in an around our neighborhood.

Monday, April 20 – 6:30 a.m.- Patriots Day Trash Pick Up & Traffic Advisory

Don’t forget to put out your trash very, very early Monday morning.  Because of the street closings and projected crowds coming to the Back Bay for the Marathon finish, the City will begin picking up trash at 6:30 a.m.  Berkeley Street from Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street, Boylston Street from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street, Commonwealth Avenue from Beacon Street to Gloucester Street, Clarendon Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Stuart Street, Dartmouth Street from Stuart Street to Newbury Street, Exeter Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue, Fairfield Street from Boylston Street to Newbury Street, Gloucester Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street, Newbury Street from Fairfield Street to Massachusetts Avenue, and Public Alley #440 (Exeter to Dartmouth) will be among the street closed.  No parking will be allowed on both sides of Berkeley Street from Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street, Boylston Street from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street, Clarendon Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Stuart Street, all of Hereford Street, Dartmouth Street from Boylston to Newbury, Exeter Street from Blagden Street to Newbury Street, Fairfield Street from Boylston to Newbury, Hereford from Commonwealth to Boylston, Newbury Street from Fairfield to Massachusetts Avenue.  You will be towed.  For questions, call the Boston Transportation Department Hotline at 617-635-4283.

Sunday, April 26, 2 pm – Tulipomania: Banking with Bulbs During the Golden Age of Dutch Culture

As part of the Bellefield Design Lectures at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, Eric Haskell will present an illustrated talk.  Eric Haskell is an author and professor at Scripps College .  The event is in celebration of the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s journey up the Hudson.  $50 ($45 for BFGA members) includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Event will be held at The Henry A. Wallace Center, home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, New York.  Limited seating.  Advance purchase of tickets strongly recommended.  For more information contact Anne Symmes at, or call 845-229-9115, ext. 26.  To learn more about the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association visit

Thursday, May 21, 9-5 – The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill

Take a tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill on Thursday, May 21, 9-5, rain or shine.  The tour is self-guided and may be viewed at your own pace.  Complimentary tea and coffee will be served at The Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer Street.  To purchase tickets in advance by mail, send a check payable to Beacon Hill Garden Club before May 7, 2009 to Ticket Chairman, Beacon Hill Garden Club, Box 302, Charles Street Station, Boston, MA 02114.  Include a stamped, self-addressed business sized envelope with your check. Tickets in advance are $30 each.  Tour day tickets, if available, are $35.  No refunds or exchanges are allowed, and there are no group discounts. If you have questions, you may call 617-227-4392.  Tickets may also be purchased on line at

Wednesday, April 15, 9 a.m. – Back Bay Boston: Fusing the Historic and the Modern

Back Bay Historical/The Global Boston Perspective, Boston Architectural College, and the Back Bay Association are sponsoring a forum at Cascieri Hall in the Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street (corner of Hereford and Newbury) Wednesday morning.  Following opening comments by Ted Landsmark, President of BAC, Douglass Shand-Tucci will give the keynote address on “Why Trinity Church Needed the Hancock Tower – Why the Historic Needs the Modern.”  This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jeff Stein, Head of the School of Architecture, and will include Robert Campbell, Architecture Critic for The Boston Globe, Bryan Koop, Sr., Vice President and Regional Manager of Boston Properties, John Palmieri, Director of the BRA, Tad Stahl, member of the Mayor’s Back Bay Task Force of 1970, and Mark Jarzombek, Head of History, Theory, and Criticism, MIT School of Architecture.  Meg Mainser-Cohen, President of the Back Bay Association, will conclude the two hour forum.  To rsvp, please call 617-266-1991, or email

Tuesday, May 5, 4 pm – Friends of the Public Garden Annual Meeting

You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Public Garden on Tuesday, May 5, beginning at 4 pm, at the First Church in Boston, 64 Marlborough Street.  Hear reports on the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.  The guest speaker will be Janet Marie Smith, restoration architect for Fenway Park.  For more information call 617-723-8144.

Saturday, May 2, 5-7 pm – The Floralia, A Ceremonial Dedication of the New Tortoise Fountains

Members of the Dr. John Green Society may attend The Floralia, A Ceremonial Dedication of the New Tortoise Fountains, a gift of Chloe Nester Sundberg, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Saturday, May 2, from 5 to 7 pm.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvre, music at 5:30, dedication at 6.  11 French Drive, Boylston, Massachusetts.  For information on joining the Dr. John Green Society, contact Wendy Cehon, 508-869-6111, ext. 136.  Please respond for this event no later than April 28, although members of the Dr. John Green Society are invited to many splendid events during the course of each year, so membership is always recommended.

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