From the Archives: Flower Arranging


The Garden Club of the Back Bay is not known as an “arranging” garden club,  although we have always boasted many talented floral designers among our members.  Our primary Club emphasis is tree care, and flower shows are something of a side line activity.  Delving into our Archives, however, we find members have a long history of providing arrangements to local events.

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay gave a supper party for Boston’s City Counselors at the home of Lawrence Perera on Marlborough Street in 1968, and the Garden Club filled the home with bouquets.  During a subsequent Neighborhood Association house tour, Garden Club members decorated the home of host Kitty Winter for the tea associated with the tour.  Mrs. Melvin Johnson created a “particularly interesting flower arrangement” for the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, formerly located on Boylston Street.  Our presence at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston at Art in Bloom also dates to the event’s inception, and members participate in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts competitions at the New England Spring Flower Show.

This year, guests at our Twilight Garden Party on Thursday, June 4 at The Chilton Club will enjoy more bouquets created for the event by The Garden Club of the Back Bay.  We hope to see you then.

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