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Monday, May 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods

A green forum on Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods will take place Monday, May 1 beginning at 6:30 pm at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon Street in Back Bay.  Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Green Committee, Mothers Out Front: Downtown, and the Ellis Neighborhood Association, the event will feature great speakers with a brief question and answer period, a fun “artistic” interlude to capitalize on the setting at The Lyric Stage, and an opportunity to engage with many advocacy groups taking action on clean energy initiatives.  Free, but tickets must be reserved at

Tuesday, May 2, 6:00 pm – Esplanade Association’s 16th Annual Meeting

The Esplanade Association will be hosting their 16th Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 2nd at the Algonquin Club in Boston. The public is invited to attend the meeting at which the organization will share what they have accomplished over the past year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and what they have planned for 2017 as they continue their mission to make life better on the Charles River Esplanade.

The evening will also feature guest speaker, John Alschuler, Chairman at HR&A Advisors, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary firm focused on increasing the vitality of urban life. Also, Mr. Alschuler is Emeritus Chair of the Friends of the High Line. Since founding the New York office of HR&A in 1984, he has developed bold plans that have reshaped waterfronts, downtown districts and neighborhoods. Specifically, in Boston, HR&A is the lead consultant for Imagine Boston 2030 and is playing an influential role in the Barr Foundation’s work on Boston’s Harbor. As a part of the Annual Meeting, Mr. Alschuler will speak about the significant relationship between parks and city life, as well as public-private partnerships, which is a topic that is very relevant to the Esplanade Association.

The meeting will be from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Algonquin Club located at 217 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. For those interested in attending please RSVP to as space is limited. For more information visit

Monday, May 8, 5:00 pm – Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc.

The Annual Meeting of the Garden Club of the Back Bay will take place Monday, May 8 at 5:00 pm at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  We will welcome Tom McNichol from the Charles River Clean Up Boat, a GCBB grant recipient, who will give a short talk on the work of his organization, and following the business meeting where we will vote on grants and select new officers for 2017/2018, there will be a reception.  Members will receive written notice, but if you are not a member and wish to attend please email before May 5.  Image courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor.

Wednesday, June 21 – Saturday, June 24 – 2017 AHS National Convention

The Tidewater Daylily Society would like to invite you to the 2017 American Hemerocallis Society National Convention at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel. The 2017 Garden Tours are divided between East Side and West Side Tidewater. Visitors will visit either the East or the West on the first day and the other on the second day. Some of the gardens were established more than 30 years ago and others established as recently as 5 years ago. They all have stunning plants. At the Clinics and Workshops you learn everything you need to know about daylilies. AHS offers two types of daylily judges. Those that judge plants as they grow in the garden are called Garden Judges. Those that judge daylilies at accredited daylily shows are called Exhibition Judges. There will be an opportunity to take one or more of five clinics or workshops. Of course there will be boutiques, raffles, and plentiful retail opportunities. To register, and for complete information, visit


Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 pm – Chemical Ecology and Behavior of the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle

Emerald Ash borer (EAB) Agrilus planipennis and the Asian longhorned Beetle (ALB) Anoplophora glabripennis, are considered to be two of the most serious invasive pests of deciduous trees in North America. Efficient monitoring traps are needed to detect and delimit new introductions and assess population densities of established infestations. Development of a monitoring trap for these pests are hindered by their complex sequence of mating behaviors.

EAB and ALB mating involves host kairomones, male produced short range pheromones, female produced short range pheromones, female produced trail and cuticular contact pheromones, along with important visual cues. A Tuesday, April 11 Cambridge Entomological Club presentation by Dr. Damon Crook of the USDA will discuss the complex chemical ecology of these insects and show what electrophysiological and behavioral research is currently being done at the Otis USDA laboratory with regards to identifying and testing new potential attractants and traps.

The lecture will take place at Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, MCA 101 in Cambridge. Parking permits are available: see for details. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 am – The Emerald Necklace Parks: 130+ Years Later and Counting

The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America will hold its Spring 2017 Lecture and Luncheon on Wednesday, April 26 beginning with coffee and registration at 10:00 am, welcome at 10:30 am, and lecture at 10:45 am, followed by lunch at The Country Club, 191 Clyde Street in Brookline.  The guest speaker is Marion Pressley, FASLA, of Pressley Associates Landscape Architects, who will speak on The Emerald Necklace Parks: 130+ Years Later and Counting.  Marion is a devoted professional who has contributed enormously to the designed landscape through her work in landscape architecture and the restoration of public parks and private historical properties throughout the eastern United States.  Her work has received national recognition in both historic preservation and contemporary design.  Marion’s work in preserving the Olmsted legacy is particularly noteworthy and includes master planning and the implementation of treatment design on the Emerald Necklace Park System.  Her presentation for the Boston Committee will enlighten us on the extraordinary Muddy River project.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive car pool notices.  Open only to members of Boston Committee Clubs.  Lecture and luncheon $60, lecture only $30.  Please make checks payable to The Boston Committee of the GCA and mail to Karen Gregg, 92 Beacon St. Unit 41, Boston, MA 02108 prior to April 19. Please note your Club on the memo portion of your check.  Names will be held at the door.

Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 pm – 47th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Public Garden

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Public Garden will be held Wednesday, April 12 beginning at 5 pm at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston.  Featured will be Alex Krieger, FAIA, principal of architecture firm BBJ, Professor at the Harvard School of Design and recent recipient of the Boston Society of Architects’ Award of Honor, who will speak on The New Allure of the City, and Some Unanticipated Consequences.  Reception to follow.  Kindly rsvp by April 5 by calling 617-723-8144, or email  Visit for last year’s Annual Meeting minutes, Bylaws, and the Board of Directors nominating slate.


Wednesday, April 12, 10:00 am – The Evolutionary History of Plants

Dr. William E. (Ned) Friedman, Director of The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, will address the April 12 joint meeting of The Garden Club of the Back Bay and The Beacon Hill Garden Club. Along with the origins of vascular plants and seed plants, the origin of flowering plants represents one of the three most significant evolutionary radiations of land plants during the last 475 million years. With over 250,000 extant species, angiosperms are the largest and most diverse group of plants ever to have evolved. Paradoxically, we know less about the early evolutionary history of angiosperms than we do about many considerably older groups of land plants. Indeed, Darwin’s “abominable mystery” continues to challenge evolutionary biologists.

Dr. Friedman’s research program focuses on the organismic interfaces between developmental, phylogenetic and evolutionary biology. Remarkable recent advances in the study of the phylogenetic relationships of organisms have provided the raw materials for critical studies of character evolution in plants, animals, fungi, and all other forms of life. Armed with hypotheses of relationships among organisms, he seeks to explore how patterns of morphology, anatomy and cell biology have evolved through the modification of developmental processes.

Due to space limitations, we regret this meeting will be open only to members of The Garden Club of the Back Bay and the Beacon Hill Garden Club. The lecture will begin at 10 am at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Members of both clubs will receive written notice of the event, but may rsvp at any time prior to April 7 at  Photo by Justin Ide, Harvard Staff Photographer, Harvard Gazette.

Monday, April 10, 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Boston Committee of the GCA Windermere Garden and Indigo Line Redevelopment Corridor Tour

Member and affiliate clubs of the Boston Committee of the GCA will be hosted by The Trustees of Reservations to a tour of the Windermere Garden and the Fairmont Indigo Line on Monday, April 10 in the morning (group will meet at 9 am – Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive written notification.) Club members will be able to sign up individually to join a group tour or you can organize a group of up to 10 members of your own club to have your own van and private tour. Come see the newest area in Boston to undergo redevelopment and the community garden initiative being spearheaded by the Trustees of Reservations. Learn how green space and green values are being preserved and cultivated as Boston continues to thrive. For more information contact

Tuesday, March 21, 9:00 am departure, 11:00 am program – Plant Life Through the Ages

Smith College recently installed Plant Life Through the Ages: A Mural of Plant Evolution, and The Garden Club of the Back Bay is privileged to visit the Botanic Garden of Smith College, 16 College Lane in Northampton, and view the mural with Madelaine Zadik, Manager of Education and Outreach. We will have time to explore the Lyman Plant House as well. The field trip will take place Tuesday, March 21, with a Back Bay departure time of 9 am, and projected return by 4 pm. A delicious a la carte lunch in Northampton will be planned before returning to Boston in the afternoon. Garden Club members will receive written notification, but if you are not a member but are interested in joining us at 11 am in Northampton, email for information. Numbers are limited and priority will be given to GCBB members.