Club Programs and Events

Complete details of each meeting will be sent by email to members prior to each event.


Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 am – Tower Hill, the First Twenty-Five Years – The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue

John Trexler, Worcester County Horticultural Society Director Emeritus and Founding Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, will discuss how Tower Hill evolved from a beautiful farm on a hill to an acclaimed public garden. He will also sign copies of his new book, Tower Hill, the First Twenty-Five Years: Selective Memories of a Benign Dictator.

Thursday, October 19, 10:30 am – Field Trip to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, Massachusetts (car pols leave Boston at 9:30 am)

Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, will lead a private tour of The Gardens and Plants at Tower Hill.  The tour will be followed by a Dutch treat lunch at Twigs Restaurant on the site, and a little time for browsing in the lovely gift shop before returning to Boston. Depending on weather, we will either hear about and see The Plants of Tower Hill or enjoy an indoor illustrated lecture on Cary Award Winning Plants.

Friday, October 27 10:00 am – The Boston Committee of The Garden Club of America Annual Meeting – Mount Auburn Cemetery Over Time, The Country Club, 191 Clyde Street, Chestnut Hill

Dr. David Barnett, President and CEO, Mount Auburn Cemetery, will be the featured speaker of the Fall Members Meeting of the Boston Committee, followed by lunch.

Tuesday, November 7, 10:00 am – City Gardening and Caring for Street Trees in the Back Bay – The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue

Ellen Abdow, Principal of Perennial Gardens, founded Perennial Gardens in 1993. The firm’s philosophy “is to create gardens that seamlessly meld the land to the surrounding architecture and enforce the strengths of the broader environment.” Ellen will discuss gardening opportunities and challenges in the Back Bay related to street trees and shady and sunny garden locations. Perennial Gardens supports The Women’s Lunch Place on Newbury Street, and Beyond Walls, a non-profit urban renewal project in Lynn.

Monday, December 4 – Thursday, December 7, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm – Wreath Making – The First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley Street

Join fellow garden club members and friends for training, decorating and delivery of holiday wreaths throughout the neighborhood and beyond, with proceeds benefiting the many projects of The Garden Club of the Back Bay. Set up will take place Sunday, December 3, time to be determined.

Tuesday, January 23, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Annual Garden Club Member Tea – The Courtyard Restaurant at the Boston Public Library, Boyston Street, Boston

Wednesday, February 7, 2:00 pm – The Global Environment – The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston

The February meeting is a joint meeting with the Beacon Hill Garden Club and the Cambridge Plant & Garden Club. Dr. Eric Chivian is Founder of Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, a leading organization focused on raising awareness around the human health consequences of global environmental change. He is a world leader in his field, helping people understand that their health ultimately depends on the health of the environment. In addition to numerous other achievements, he is a past recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In the early 1990’s, Chivian became involved in efforts to create a greater awareness of the impacts which environmental degradation has on human health and well-being. His second book (as senior editor and lead author) was Critical Condition: Human Health and the Environment. Chivian runs Pairidaeza Farm, an almost fully organic orchard in central Massachusetts, growing heirloom apples, peaches, pears, Asian pears, apricots, plums, cherries and grapes.

Tuesday, March 21, 9:00 am departure, return by 4:00 pm – Plant Life Through the Ages – Field Trip to The Botanic Garden of Smith College, 16 College Lane, Northampton

Smith College recently installed Plant Life Through the Ages: A Mural of Plant Evolution, and we are privileged to visit the Botanic Garden of Smith College and view the mural with Madelaine Zadik, Manager of Education and Outreach. We will have time to explore the Lyman Plant House as well.   A delicious lunch in Northampton will be planned before returning to Boston in the afternoon.

Monday, March 19, 6:00 pm – Alice’s Table: Flower Arranging – Piattini Cafe, 226 Newbury Street

Flowers, tools and instruction provided by an Alice’s Table expert will help you create your own arrangement, Food and libations by Piattini. Spread the joy.

Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 am – The Commonwealth Avenue Mall: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue

Garden Club of the Back Bay member and former president Margaret Pokorny will be talking to us about the single most important horticultural feature in Back Bay, and, perhaps, Boston: The Commonwealth Avenue Mall. See old pictures, plans, and conditions. Learn about the original designs and tree plantings. Find out what has been done to preserve and support the Mall’s health and character. Margaret is a landscape designer focusing on urban parks and greenspace. Currently she is Chair of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Committee and serves on the boards of the Friends of the Public Garden, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, and the Esplanade Association.

Spring, 2018 (date to be determined)The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America Spring Meeting and Luncheon – The Country Club, 191 Clyde Street, Chestnut Hill

May (date and time to be announced)  – Annual Meeting –  The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue

June (date and time to be announced)  – Twilight Garden Party