Garden Club

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, November 24 – December 30, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Gardens Aglow

Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street in Sandwich, is putting on the glitz again this Holiday Season with it’s treasured annual event – Gardens Aglow!

At this extra-special time of year, the good folks at Heritage adorn their acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with more than 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It’s truly an awesome thing to see. The event takes place on weekends now through December 30, from 4:30 – 8:30 pm.

Come stroll throughout the grounds and buildings and enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains – and even a visit by some baby animals. Tickets are $18 for adults, children $7, age two and under free. For more information call 508-888-3300, or visit

Holiday Wreaths 2017 – Fine Detail

Each fully decorated holiday wreath crafted by The Garden Club of the Back Bay is the product of many hours of labor. We did raise our price this season for this category (other items remain at 2015/2016 rates) not because we were trying to maximize profit, but because our limited volunteer pool was having a hard time fulfilling the demand. Wreaths of this size and quality sell for upwards of $240 in high end retail settings, due to the sheer amount of work involved. We hope you all will appreciate the love that goes into each wreath, but also know that our net profit each year goes straight back to the community. Order soon at

Saturday, December 2, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and Sunday, December 3, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Preservation of Historic Winchester Holiday House Tour

Preservation of Historic Winchester’s Holiday House Tour is held the first full weekend of December, and consists of the Bough and Dough Shop, Saturday evening Preview Party & Candlelight Tour, and the Sunday afternoon Daylight Tour. The Preview Party on Saturday, December 2 from 6 – 9 is a special evening reception in a historic home, featuring a sneak peek Candlelight Tour of the other sites on the Holiday House Tour on Saturday evening. Admission tickets to the Preview Party and Candlelight Tours are also valid for the Sunday afternoon house tours. The Daylight Tour is the main attraction of the Holiday House Tour weekend, taking place on Sunday afternoon December 3 from 1 – 5 and drawing crowds of up to 500 visitors. The Bough and Dough Shop is open the first weekend of December, concurrent with the Holiday House Tour, on Saturday from 9 – 5 and Sunday from 11 – 5. Fresh cut greenery, wreaths, baked goods, and local artisan crafts are available for holiday gift-giving and decorating. Books and artwork featuring historic subjects may be available on a year to year basis. Tickets for the Holiday House Tour and memberships to PHW are also available. The Shop offers complimentary hot cider and coffee to its visitors. Admission to the shop is free – location is 315 W. Boscawen Street in Winchester (Little Theatre.) Buy tour tickets online at

Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3 – 38th Annual Christmas in Salem House Tour

Few communities have the rich legacy of historic houses that Salem, Massachusetts boasts. These homes, spanning four centuries, help define the character as well as the appearance of the city, and every year some of their owners invite visitors in to view their homes decked out in full holiday regalia, with the help of professional decorators and florists. Christmas in Salem features a glimpse into these private homes that have been professionally decorated for the holiday season as well as a series of special events such as walking tours and wine tastings that are exclusive to Christmas in Salem ticket holders. The tour, held December 1 – December 3, is sponsored by Historic Salem. A preview of 4 of the 13 houses will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 5:30–8:30 pm and will feature selected homes. On Saturday, December 2 from 10:30 am–4:30 pm and Sunday, December 3 from 11:30 am–4:30 pm all sites will be open for tours.Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling 978-745-0799.

Saturday, December 2, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Make a Holiday Porch Pot

Make a festive Porch Pot to adorn your stoop this Winter using Weston Nurseries fresh-cut greens, ornaments, and ribbons. Show off your stoop this Christmas season with pride.

Saturday session on December 2 from 3 – 4 will be held at the Weston Nurseries of Chelmsford, 160 Pine Hill Road in Chelmsford. Fee- $35.00. TO REGISTER, please call 978-349-0055, or register online at and pay when you arrive for class. We require registration at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a spot in this workshop. Don’t wait, because these classes sell out quickly!

Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Of Monarchs and Milkweed: A Story of Coevolution, Cultural History, and Conservation

What if your host truly didn’t want you to visit? Found you intolerable, in fact, and didn’t want you to stay? You’d think that you’d be kicked out, but that isn’t the case with monarch butterflies and the common milkweed that supports their life cycle. Using striking visual imagery, evolutionary biologist Anurag Agrawal of Cornell University will speak about some of the natural history of monarchs and milkweed, the cultural importance of milkweed’s toxins, and the current predicament of monarch declines. The talk will be held in the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum on Monday, December 4 at 7 pm. Dr. Agrawal is an award-winning scientist and educator, who has delved deeply into the coevolution of plants and animals. His book, Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, will be available for purchase and signing. Fee: Free Arboretum member and student, $10 nonmember. Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – NABB’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay will again hold its annual Christmas Tree Sale on December 2 and 3 at the Clarendon Street Playground, on the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

Fresh cut Balsam Fir trees from Maine in a variety of sizes will be sold, and local delivery available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends of the Clarendon Street Playground and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay.  To make a special order or to find out further details, please contact the NABB office at 617-247-3961 or

Friday, December 1, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and Saturday, December 2, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm – A Christmas Home For Everyone

The Canton Garden Club presents A Christmas Home for Everyone house tour on Friday, December 1, from 1 – 8, and Saturday, December 2, from noon – 4. The three featured houses are Home for the Holidays at 34 Century Drive, A Sporting Christmas Home at 10 Kings Road, and A Cozy Woodland Christmas at 5 Bailey Street, all in Canton. For tickets please email Photo courtesy of

Wednesday, November 29, 11:00 am, Thursday, December 14, 12:00 noon, Thursday, January 4, 3:00 pm, or Tuesday, January 23, 12:00 noon – FOPG Docent Information Session

The Friends of the Public Garden are recruiting volunteers to become tour guides for their 2018 season, which runs weekdays May through September. If you’re passionate about the trees, plantings, sculpture, and history in the Boston Public Garden, please attend one their upcoming information sessions and learn more about becoming a volunteer guide for the tour program, Untold Stories of the Public Garden:

Wednesday, November 29 at 11am
Thursday, December 14 at 12 noon
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3pm
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 12 noon

Training is provided and begins in February.

RSVP to attend one of these sessions by calling 617-723-8144 or emailing