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Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 am – Boston Committee Annual Meeting and Luncheon

The Garden Club of the Back Bay is an affiliate member of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America, which has its Annual Meeting in the fall each year.  This year on Tuesday, November 8 (yes, election day), John R. Clark, President and Executive Director of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) in San Diego, California  will speak.  Registration and coffee begin at 10:00 am at The Country Club, 191 Clyde Street in Brookline.  A short business meeting will follow at 10:30 followed by the lecture at 11.  Luncheon will follow.

Dr. John Clark is a distinguished scientist with the CPC. In 2015, CPC moved its headquarters to San Diego in order to formally partner with the San Diego Zoo Global.  Together, these two world class organizations are working to “preserve the imperiled plants and animals of the world.”

CPC is a non-profit association of 40 botanical gardens, arboreta, and other groups that work collaboratively on sustainability and restoration of native ecosystems, habitat monitoring and management, plant-animal interactions, and recovery programs for endangered species.  In addition, their global management models and seed bank initiatives include 800 of the nation’s endangered plant species.

CPC originated by Harvard University scientists at the Arnold Arboretum and was formerly based at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Dr. Clark will speak on CPC’s model programs and collaborations with a particular emphasis on Sustainable Ecosystems to Protect Endangered Plants and Animals.  The event is open to all members of the member clubs of the Boston Committee and their guests. Please email for more information.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive a car pool notice.





Wednesday, November 9, 10:00 am – Introduction to Ferns

The Garden Club of the Back Bay continues its 2016/2017 investigation into The Prehistoric Garden with a meeting and lecture on Wednesday, November 9 on Introduction to Ferns, at 10 am at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue. Beautiful and flowerless, ferns are among the most ancient plants in the world. Learn to distinguish among the most common ferns of New England through lecture and examination of fresh plant material. Don Lubin will be our featured lecturer. Don has been growing ferns since 1980, and doing field identification since 1991. He reset the fern labels at the Garden In The Woods in Framingham, and has led workshops and field trips since 1998 for the New England Wild Flower Society and others, previously with co-teacher Ray Abair of Middleboro MA. Don has found uncommon ferns and donated more than 100 specimens to herbaria, including a few state and many county records, mainly to the New England Botanical Club collection at the Asa Gray Herbarium at Harvard University. Don assisted Cheryl Lowe and Elizabeth Farnsworth in their revision of Boughton Cobb’s Field Guide to Ferns.  Club members will receive notification of the meeting. If you are not a Club member but wish to attend, please email


Menu for Garden Club Gingko Meeting Lunch on October 12

We apologize for the delay, but chef Remy has been out sick.  Sous Chef Rigo will prepare butternut squash and apple bisque, grilled lemon chicken over salad greens with grilled asparagus, and apple crisp for our Garden Club of the Back Bay optional lunch following our meeting with Peter Del Tredici on Wednesday, October 12.  If you plan to attend the meeting and wish to stay for lunch, please email  Lunch is $25 and you may pay by check on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Your Community Farm: Adventures in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

LexFarm President Allison Guerette and Lexington Field and Garden Club member Carolyn Goldstein will collaborate with Farm Manager Tim Hines on an engaging presentation about Lexington Community Farm on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 – 8:30. They will explore the history of farming on the site, review the mission of the Lexington Community Farm, and describe why its board and staff have chosen to adopt “organic” or sustainable growing practices. The event will take place at Keilty Hall, St. Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington, and is free. For more information call 781-860-7440.



Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Friends of the Public Garden Members Reception

This year’s Friends of the Public Garden Members Reception will be at the Four Seasons Boston, on Tuesday, October 18th, from 6:30-8:30pm. Our guest speaker will be John Alschuler, Chairman of HR&A Advisors, the lead consultants for Imagine Boston 2030 and an internationally recognized multidisciplinary firm focused on increasing the vitality of urban life. John is Emeritus Chair of the Friends of the High Line.

RSVPs are required as space is limited. You can RSVP today via or call (617)723-8144. This event is complimentary for current Members. Thank you to Motor Mart Garage for their generous sponsorship of the event.

Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6 – National Chrysanthemum Society Convention: California, Here We Come

The Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society (SCS) is honored to co-host the 73rd Annual NCS Convention and Show at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova Hotel November 3 – 6.  NCS will hold the Convention and the Sacramento Chapter the Show. Fall in California is fantastic with great fall colors and warm temperatures. Visitors can enjoy all of the charm of Rancho Cordova, downtown Sacramento, and visit the abundant outdoor recreation of the nearby Folsom area. Visit local attractions such as the Rancho Cordova Events Center, Lake Natoma, the RedHawk Casino, historic downtown Folsom, and the Folsom Palladio Shopping Mall. This luxury hotel is next to light rail transit to downtown Sacramento, the California State Capitol, Sacramento Convention Center, and California State University Sacramento.

Say “California, Here We Come” with your best blooms, NCS sprays, bonsai, container-grown and artistically trained plants. We look forward to filling the tables with beautiful chrysanthemums! The Sacramento Floral Design Guild has written a very exciting and challenging design schedule. They look to quickly fill each design class and recommend early reservations.

The Convention will feature wine tours, silent auctions, ice cream socials, horticultural symposium, and a banquet and awards dinner. Register online at Registrations received after October 12 will be assessed a late registration fee. Image of Golden Rain chrysanthemum from

Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, October 30 – 69th Annual Meeting of the Holly Society of America

The 69th Annual Meeting of the Holly Society of America will take place October 27 – 30 at The Landmark Resort, 1501 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Beyond the work that the HSA’s Executive Board does, its strength lies in educational outreach and growing the membership. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and converse with horticultural experts from around the country. Use this chance to broaden your knowledge about hollies through observation and participation so that you in turn can enlighten others. Cathy and Bob Shumate have put together an extraordinary program which will culminate with the ever popular Plant Auction. Here’s your chance to buy hard-to-find hollies and other uncommon plants.

Speakers will include Mark Weathington, Director of JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. He has also served as Director of Horticulture for the Norfolk Botanical Garden and as a horticulturist at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Mark travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape. He is currently writing Growing the Southeast Garden, a modern guide to gardening in the Southeast, for Timber Press.

Juang-Horng “JC” Chong, Ph.D., An Associate Professor and Extension Specialist with Clemson University, is based at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, South Carolina where he does turf and ornamental research as an Entomologist. His current research and extension projects focus on understanding the biology, ecology, and management of scale insects, wood boring insects, spider mites, eriophyid mites and biological control. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona and his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Augustus Jenkins Farmer III, led teams to plant and establish the vision for two of South Carolina’s major botanical gardens. He is the former director and plantsman of Riverbanks Botanical Garden and of Moore Farms Botanical Garden. With a masters degree in public garden management from the University of Washington and a horticulture degree from Clemson University, he has the combination of horticultural science and museum science needed to set strategic vision for growing plants well. Jenks operates a mail order nursery specializing in organically grown plants of the genus Crinum. He also works as a garden designer from New Orleans to Charleston. He has written Deep Rooted Wisdom: Lessons Learned from Generations of Gardeners.

Registration forms and full information may be found at

Wednesday, October 12, 10:00 am – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ginkgo, but Were Afraid to Ask

Join The Garden Club of the Back Bay and Dr. Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum on Wednesday, October 12 at 10 am at The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, for an in-depth look at one of the most ancient and fascinating trees on the planet. Peter has been studying the natural history and evolution of this tree for the last twenty-five years and is a world authority on the subject. His travels have taken him to remote areas in southwest China in search of wild-growing Ginkgos as well as to old estates and botanical gardens in Europe and the United States. Peter has also studied the cultivation of the Ginkgo for ornamental purposes as well as for the production of leaves to make an extract that some people take to improve their memories.

Peter Del Tredici holds a BA degree in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), a MA degree in Biology from the University of Oregon (1969), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University (1991). He retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in 2014 after working there for 35 years as Plant Propagator, Curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections and Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Del Tredici taught in the Landscape Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 through 2016 and is currently teaching a course in urban ecology in the Urban Planning Department of MIT. He is the winner of the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award for 1999 presented by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College and in 2013 he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society (England) “in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.”

Dr. Del Tredici’s interests are wide ranging and include such subjects as plant exploration in China, the root systems of woody plants, the botany and horticulture of magnolias, stewartias and hemlocks, and the natural and cultural history of the Ginkgo tree. His recent work is focused on urban ecology and has resulted in the publication of the widely acclaimed Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Cornell University Press, 2010) as well as a GPS-based mobile app, “Other Order” which interprets the Bussey Brook Meadow section of the Arnold Arboretum (with Teri Rueb). He lectures widely in North America and Europe and is the author of more than 130 scientific and popular articles.

Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive separate notification of this October meeting. If you are not a Club member but are interested in attending, please email This lecture is part of our 2016/2017 series on The Prehistoric Garden.





Thursday, September 29, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Massachusetts Green Career Conference

The 2016 Massachusetts Green Career Conference will take place Thursday, September 29 from 9 – 4 at the Worcester DCU Center in Worcester. There will be breakout sessions on Career Development, Business, Government, Introductory Careers, and Education, along with a Summit where Massachusetts associations’ representatives will present on employer and employee resources, job openings, education training benefits and sustainability trends. After a Lunch Roundtable, additional sessions will focus on Upward Trends for Women and Minorities, Entrepreneurs, Resources for Employers Who Are Recruiting, Massachusetts Legislation and Clean Energy Jobs, City Planning, Food & Agriculture, Clean Energy, Climate Careers, Landscapes, Trees and Urban Infrastructure, The Media, Health & Toxin Reduction, High Schools, and College & The Future of Higher Education. For registration information visit


Monday October 17, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, & Tuesday, October 18, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – 82nd New England Regional Annual Meeting

Join the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. on October 17 and 18 at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 11 Beaver Street in Milford, for the 82nd Annual New England Regional Meeting.  A Journey Through the World of Daffodils by Catherine Felton is just one of many scheduled activities. A full schedule and registration form are available at Registration deadline September 17!