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Monday, December 7 – Thursday, December 10 – Holiday Wreath Making

Pastor Ingo R. Dutzmann and his parish will again host The Garden Club of the Back Bay for wreath making on the lower level of The First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley Street (on the corner of Berkeley and Marlborough Streets). We are very, very grateful. Please note that we are setting up the space on Sunday, December 6 and will be ready to work first thing Monday morning – Monday participation by as many of you as possible is critical to our success. The hours are as follows:

Monday, Dec. 7 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (decorating)
Tuesday, Dec. 8 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (decorating)
Wednesday, Dec. 9- 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (decorating, delivery)
Thursday, Dec. 10- 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (decorating, delivery, clean up)

Please come to the side door on Berkeley Street. We’ll post a sign. Coffee and baked goods will be available each morning, and catered lunches will be delivered all four days. Dried materials and fresh greens can be delivered to the Church no earlier than Monday, December 7. Please have all decorations “cleaned down” – branches cut down, dead leaves removed – so we can contain the mess we inevitably make. Delicate materials can be laid flat in sweater boxes or gently stacked in cardboard containers. We are going to need as many dried items as we can collect, and we especially want interesting fresh evergreen boughs and holly.

Bring clippers and scissors if you have them, labeled with masking tape for ease of identification. Aprons are also a good idea. Dress comfortably! We need everyone’s help, whether you decorate, deliver, organize, make telephone calls confirming delivery, or sweep. Contact if you have specific questions,or if you can take a delivery shift. Otherwise, we’ll see you on Monday. If you still plan to order wreaths, send the order forms along as soon as you can, or order online at Please try to come for as many hours as possible, on as many days as you can spare – we need you, and you’ll have a great time.


Tuesday, December 1, 6:00 pm – A Traditional North Shore Holiday

The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly presents A Traditional North Shore Holiday with floral designer Bert Ford on Tuesday, December 1 at the Cove Community Center, 19 East Corning Street in Beverly. Door open at 6, presentation begins at 7.  $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  For ticket information visit, or call 978-381-3597.  Fresh greenery arrangements will be on sale as well as holiday decor and wreaths.  This event is the main fund raiser for the Friendly Garden Club and allows the club to provide a college scholarship for a Beverly high school senior, as well as funding ongoing civic projects.

Tuesday, November 17, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon – Harvest and Holiday Inspired Designs

Join The Needham Garden Club on Tuesday, November 17 in the Community Room of the Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue in Needham. Julie Lapham will demonstrate her award-winning finesse as she composes several arrangements inspired by the bounty of the harvest and the upcoming holidays. She has been involved with flower arranging for 35 years and has exhibited widely throughout New England and beyond, including several international shows. Members and guests will have a chance to take home one of her designs that will use fruits, vegetables, flowers and foliage in elegant and new ways. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. The program, which is free, will begin at 10 am.

Monday, November 16, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Imagine Boston 2030 Drop-In Open House

Imagine Boston 2030 is the first citywide plan is 50 years. Mayor Martin Walsh want YOUR input to help define a vision for the future of Boston, and guide the preservation, enhancement, and growth of our city’s neighborhoods.

Please join us for an Open House at the brand-new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street in Roxbury on Monday, November 16. There is no formal speaking program, so drop in any time between 4 and 7pm and stay as long as you like.

For more information on Imagine Boston 2030, please visit and follow @ImagineBos on social media.

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm – Berry Basics

John Howell, former horticulturist at UMass Extension, will speak to the North Quabbin Garden Club on Thursday, November 19 at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street in Athol, on the basics of growing strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.  Free, and the public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, November 11, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Make the Switch

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay’s Green Committee meeting will take place Wednesday, November 11 from 5:30 – 6:30 at The Learning Project, 107 Marlborough Street in Boston.  Erin Taylor, from the Mass Energy Consumer Alliance, will speak on Making the Switch to Green Electricity. Learn about an inexpensive way to reduce your impact on the environment. Invest in local, renewable electricity sources that are cleaner and healthier for the environment. Mass Energy brings renewable power from wind, solar, and even “cow power” to the collective grid.  Free, all are welcome.

Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 am – Flower Arranging for Special Events

Maureen Christmas, an accredited National Garden Club Flower Show Judge, will demonstrate floral designing for special events at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road in Lexington on Wednesday, November 18. Her designs have been published in the National Garden Club’s Vision of Beauty Calendar and Design Magazine.

Please join The Lexington Field and Garden Club at 9:30 AM for refreshments, followed by a short business meeting at 10 AM, and then the demonstration. Free and open to the public with ample parking and wheelchair accessibility.


Thursday, November 12, 10:00 am – From Landscape Gardening to Landscape Urbanism

The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America will hold its annual fall membership meeting, lecture and luncheon on Thursday, November 12 beginning at 10 am at The Country Club, 191 Clyde Street in Brookline.  Charles Waldheim will give a talk entitled From Landscape Gardening to Landscape Urbanism.

Charles Waldheim is the John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His lecture will focus on the evolution and current trends in ‘Landscape Urbanism’, a term coined by Waldheim to describe the recent emergence of landscape as a medium of urban order for the contemporary city. Professor Waldheim is a Canadian-American architect, urban theorist, and educator. His research examines the relations between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. At the same time that urban sprawl has distanced the population from the landscape, environmental literacy among designers and scholars has grown, giving rise to an architectural discourse known as ‘landscape urbanism’. In his lecture Waldheim, who is at the forefront of this movement, explores the origins, the current context and the aspirations of this relatively new field that is inspiring the future of city making. Waldheim is author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books on the subject, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. He has taught at Rice University, University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan. Charles is also the Ruettgers Consulting Curator of Landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The event is open to members of Garden Clubs affiliated with The Boston Committee and their guests.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive separate invitations and a car pool notice in the mail.  For more information email

Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 pm – Shorebird Mysteries

Join Brad Winn, Director of Shorebird Habitat Management at Manomet, for an inside look at shorebird research unraveling the mystery of hemispheric travel. Brad feels very fortunate to have been able to participate in Manomet’s studies of shorebirds on their Arctic and Subarctic nesting grounds, and has been involved with 12 research expeditions to both eastern and western arctic regions. The most recent was a shorebird nesting survey of the Yukon River Delta, in Southwestern Alaska in May of this year. The Yukon Delta is about the size of Maine, and understanding shorebird use of this remote landscape is a monumental undertaking.

This Athol Bird & Nature Club annual dinner meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11 in Liberty Hall at the Athol Town Hall (584 Main St.), with the program at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner (members $10, non-members $12); please respond to Cindy Hartwell at 978-544-5783 or by Sunday, November 3. No reservations are necessary for the program. The event will also feature our always popular tin can auctions; participants are encouraged to bring an item to donate. Image from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm – Sequence of Bloom

The Hopkinton Garden Club is an affiliate of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. On October 20, 2015, Laura Bibler will join them to present a program entitled Sequence of Bloom. The presentation is a slide lecture that allows audiences to enjoy a walk through the seasons. This photographic presentation of the succession of bloom as it relates to the ever changing landscape provides a thorough survey of this essential element of landscape design.

Laura has served on the Executive Board of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Laura has also served on The Stevens-Coolidge Place Committee and The Trustees of Reservations with a particular interest in Historic Preservation. Her many projects range from modest garden spaces to comprehensive master plans for private homes to Historical Estates.

The meeting will be held at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main Street, Room 213, in Hopkinton. The general meeting starts at 6:30p.m. The speaker portion starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. New members are welcome any time during our club year. For more information, please email or visit


Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 pm – Deer, Forests, and People: Understanding and Managing Socioecological Systems

Wildlife comebacks in the last half century are to be celebrated. But, there have been unintended negative consequences. Deer populations, in particular, have risen to unprecedented levels in many areas, causing all kinds of problems. This Athol Bird & Nature Club presentation on Wednesday, October 14, beginning at 7 pm at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol, will explore the deer overabundance issue and its many challenges. We no longer manage wildlife, but rather, “socioecological systems.” Tom Rawinski Botanist US Forest Service Durham Field Office will speak. Free.

Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm – Small Carpenter Bees: What Insect Societies Tell Us

The first Cambridge Entomological Club meeting of the 2015-16 year will be held on Tuesday October 13 at 07:30 PM. Please join them in in room 101 of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, as Sandra Rehan will present a talk entitled “Comparative biology of Ceratina small carpenter bees: What early insect societies can tell us about the evolution of sociality”.

The small carpenter bees, genus Ceratina, offer important insights into the early stages of social group formation. Small carpenter bees provide a unique opportunity to study the evolution and maintenance of social behavior in a group benefitting from detailed life history studies and a well-established phylogeny. Ceratina are globally-distributed and species range from solitary to complex societies; solitary species are typically found in temperate environments and social groups are recurrent in tropical regions. Sandra’s data highlights the importance of molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography for understanding the relative roles of phylogenetic inertia and regional ecology on the evolution of social behavior. Moreover, maternal care is a key precursor for the evolution of eusociality. Maternal investment is often determined, in part, by the quality and quantity of food provided to the offspring. Such maternal manipulation of nutrients, during development in particular, can influence the activation of hormones, nutrient storage, and social interactions of offspring once development is complete. The small carpenter bee, Ceratina calcarata, is native to New England and this species is of special interest because of its prolonged maternal care and mothers who produce a special class of small daughters that help raise their siblings. Sandra examines nutritional, developmental and behavioral variation among offspring to determine the role of maternal manipulation and social environment on offspring care and worker behavior in incipient insect societies.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided and you are also welcome to join them at 5:45 PM for an informal pre-meeting dinner at West Side Lounge Restaurant.

Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 am – The History of the Tulip and the Tulipmania Movement in 17th Century Netherlands

Explore the history of this wandering beauty with Ila Cox. The Garden Club of the Back Bay’s October meeting and lecture will be held Wednesday, October 14 beginning at 10 am at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

From its cradle in the foothills of the Himalayas, we follow the tulip’s journey over the centuries through Persia, the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe in the 16th century. In the Golden Age of 17th century Holland, the tulip takes on larger prominence as it intersects with the burgeoning Dutch economy. It becomes a principle actor in an economic drama of historic proportion. Tulipmania has direct relevance for our 21st century experience with the inflated values of certain commodities and lack of market regulations. The tulip moved west during the 17th century and was introduced to North America and other colonies. Today Dutch tulip production has become a major commercial success as the tulip is marketed to the world.

Ila Cox is a plant lover, gardener, garden traveler, and a student of garden and plant history. She studied flower arranging with Sheila McQueen, has been a church flower arranger, owner of The Potting Shed, and is a member of the Andover and Boxford Garden Clubs, former Chair of the Flower Committee of the MFA Associates, and lectures on flower arranging and horticultural topics.

Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive written notice of this meeting. Guests are welcome. Please email if you plan to attend.

Monday, September 21, 3:00 pm – Boston City Council Hearing on Gas Leaks in Boston

There are over 3,000 gas leaks under Boston’s streets, and that’s a BIG problem because:

Leaked gas can explode
Gas leaks can aggravate asthma
Gas leaks kill trees
We’re paying for the lost gas: $90 million a year
We could heat 200,000 homes with the gas that’s escaping from leaky Boston-area pipes
Leaky old gas pipes may be Boston’s number one source of global warming gases – bigger than the emissions from all the cars and trucks in Boston!

Come out September 21st to share your concerns about gas leaks with our City Councilors! For more information and to get involved, contact

Wednesday, September 16, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Hydrangeas

The Garden Club of the Back Bay opens its 2015-2016 year on Wednesday, September 16, with an emphasis on Collectors and Collections, at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, at 10:00 am, with speaker Gail Anderson on the topic of Hydrangeas.

Endless Summer, Snow Queen, Pinky Winky, Incrediball – There has been an explosion of trademarked hydrangea cultivars with cute and quirky names. Gail Anderson will help demystify this immensely popular genus and will include tips for choosing the right hydrangea for your garden. You’ll enjoy an instructional look at the genus brought to popular attention by such disparate personalities as Martha Stewart and renowned plantsman Michael Dirr. Topics covered will include a primer of hydrangea species, cultivars commonly available for sale, flower shape and color, including soil pH, and how to plant and prune.

Gail Anderson is a former teacher and magazine journalist. She earned a Certificate in Landscape Design and Maintenance from North Shore Community College and was certified as a Massachusetts Master Gardener. Gail worked for six years as a staff horticulturist for The Trustees of Reservations at Long Hill, an estate garden in Beverly, Massachusetts known for its woody plant collection. She has also served as a photography judge and jury member at the Boston Flower & Garden Show and has lectured at the Portland, Maine Flower Show. Gail is a member of the Ipswich Garden Club.

GCBB members will receive written notification of the meeting.  If you are not a member but wish to attend, please email  Image of Pinky Winky from

Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16 – NOFA Summer Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 14-16, 2015 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts.  This year’s main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology”.

This year, among the five pre-conference intensives will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. She will also give the first keynote on Friday night.

Our second keynoter, Ronnie Cummins will speak Saturday night on “Reversing Global Warming & Rural Poverty through Regenerative Organics”.

Each year, we offer educational and fun workshops designed for kids and teens where children bond with others throughout the Northeast while parents attend workshops and the plenaries.

This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.  For complete details, visit

Thursday, September 17 – Monday, September 21 – American Dahlia Society Centennial Show

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1915, the American Dahlia Society will hold a special Centennial Show September 17 – 21 in Hempstead, New York.  Hosted by the Mid Island Dahlia Society, this event includes tours of the dahlia garden at Planting Fields Arboretum as well as tours of private gardens, dahlia competitions, and educational symposium.  Three speakers sponsored by the American Horticultural Society will present: Hanu Pappu, head of the Dahlia Research Project at Washington State University, Allan M. Armitage, and Keith Hammett, ornamental plant breeder from New Zealand.  Register at by August 1.

Tuesday, September 22 – Friday, September 25 – 2015 International Master Gardener Conference

Join International Master Gardeners for the 2015 conference, Horticultural Horizons in the Heartland, on Tuesday, September 22 through Friday, September 25, at the Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Hear three keynote speakers, J. Schwanke on A Life Arranged Around Flowers, Mark Hirsch on That Tree, and Gary Oppenheimer on Ending the Waste of Food – From the Ground Up.  Travel through Nebraska and Iowa on ten terrific tours, including Missouri to the Foothills of the Rockies, Along the Oregon Trail, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Missouri to Mississippi – A ‘Cruise’ from River to River.  Learn with Extension Master Gardeners from the United States, Canada, and South Korea in 81 available workshops.  For complete information visit Please note the conference coincides with Yom Kippur.

Wednesday, July 29 – Sunday, August 2 – Begonia Revolution New England 2015

The American Begonia Society’s 2015 Annual Convention will take place at The Verve Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick, 1360 Worcester Road in Natick, Wednesday, July 29 – Sunday, August 12.  A variety of tours will be available to participants. On Wednesday, see the Harvard Glass Flowers and Marine Life Collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the greenhouses of the Lyman Estate in Waltham. Thursday, travel to Logee’s Greenhouses in Danielson, Connecticut and the Roger Williams Botanical Center in Providence.  Friday features a tour of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  In addition to travels, hear Mike Flaherty speak on Begonias of the Rich & Famous, Drew Norris on Growing Begonias Like African Violets, Randy Montes Kerr on Species Begonias for Every Home, Pablo Jourdan on Germplasm Research Update, Mark Tebbitt on Begonias of Andean South America, and Lloyd Traven on How to Bring Begonias to Market. Of course there will be a Judged Plant Show, a Boutique, and Plant Sales in addition to Luncheons and a Seafood Bake.  Complete information on registration and programs is available at 

If you wish to stay at the hotel, there are special room rates ($115 per night, plus taxes) if you book by June 29.

Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11 – 2015 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

The 2015 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium will take place this year in Austin, Texas from July 9 – 11.  Lisa Whittlesey and Alexandra Evans will lead off with an explication of the International Junior Master Gardener Program’s Learn, Grow, Eat, & Go curriculum and research program.  Whitney Cohen, director of the nonprofit LifeLabs, dedicated to garden based learning, will discuss ways that school garden programs are changing the nature of education.  Finally, entomologist Nate Erwin will share insights from his 20-year career as manager of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, which provides families with the opportunity to interact with arthropods.

Designed for educators, program coordinators, garden designers, youth group leaders, and others interested in connecting kids and plants, the NCYGS schedule also will include tours, educational sessions, and networking opportunities.  For more information visit, or call 703-768-5700, x 121.

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