Wednesday, November 30 – Friday, December 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – New England Grows

New England Grows is renowned for its world-class education offerings and innovative trend spotting. Founded in 1993 by green industry professionals for green industry professionals, the educational conference and exposition gives participants unique access to targeted, industry-specific products, information, education and connections. The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association are the organization’s founding partners.

Proceeds from New England Grows go directly back to the industry to support the work of these and other green industry organizations, including yearly research grants to the region’s Cooperative Extension programs. Funds from the show also support related community-based programs, such as the Boston Schoolyard Initiative. The show’s format and educational content is continually updated to meet current industry needs and bring inspirational thinking to participants. Since its start, New England Grows has tripled in size and earned a Tradeshow Week 200 and two Fastest 50 rankings. The show moved to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in 2005.

Hours each day are 9 – 5, but some seminars begin at 8 am. For complete details visit http://www.newenglandgrows.org/


Now Showing – Extreme Weather

The Museum of Science is screening a 50 minute movie at its Mugar Omni Theater entitled Extreme Weather. Let famed storm chaser and award-winning giant screen filmmaker Sean Casey take you on a dramatic journey to places where few have gone before! Destinations include the edge of a 300-foot-tall calving glacier in Alaska, the front lines of massive wildfires in the Western United States, and directly in the path of deadly (yet mesmerizing) tornadoes in the plains.

Also, follow the men and women on the forefront of climate research and the everyday heroes who put their lives on the line to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather. Sponsored by MathWorks. Timed tickets are required. Order online at https://www.mos.org/imax/extreme-weather

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Tuesday, January 24, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Save The Date: Garden Club of the Back Bay Annual Tea

The Garden Club of the Back Bay will host its Annual Tea on Tuesday, January 24 from 3 – 5 pm, this year at the splendid Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston Street.  Our new Tea Committee Chair Mary Ryan has some surprises planned, and we will announce full details next month, but put it in your calendar now.  Guests will be welcome.  Garden Club of the Back Bay members will receive an invitation, but if you are not a member and wish to be on the list, please email info@gardenclubbackbay.org.

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Friday, November 25 – Sunday, December 11 – Festival of Trees

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees showcases dozens of trees and the Snow Village at Elm Bank for children and adults to enjoy.

This annual festival takes place from the end of November through the first two weeks of December at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank property.

The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Carriage House, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors vote with their raffle tickets, in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the festival. Visitors can also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are Santa Visits and other activities.

Snow Village at Elm Bank is a wonderful addition to the holiday spirit of the Festival of Trees. Bill Meagher of Needham graciously donated the product of his thirteen year “hobby” of building Christmas villages and trains. Massachusetts Horticultural Society is delighted to share his enchanting displays with model trains winding through villages and vignettes, including Christmas in the City (Boston of course!), Fenway Park, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. This amazing scenery in miniature is sure to get kids of all ages excited about the holiday season.  Image from www.popsugar.com.


Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, & Sunday, November 27, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Gardeners Wreath Workshop

Design a beautiful botanical wreath that highlights the variety and splendor of local evergreens with Karen Perkins at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, in a workshop being held three separate days, November 25, 26, and 27, from 1 – 4. Tower Hill member price $60 per session, nonmembers $75 per session.  All materials included.  Register at www.towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111, ext. 124.  Pictured is one of the Garden Club of the Back Bay holiday wreaths, since we couldn’t let an opportunity pass to showcase one of our beauties.

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Tuesday, November 29, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Museums Without Walls: The Sculpture Collection of the Boston Common, The Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Greater Boston boasts a number of art museums, each of which, naturally, has galleries for the display of art. These galleries are constructed of walls and floors and ceilings. Even more naturally, however, the city has another art museum, whose floor is the earth, whose ceiling is the sky, and whose walls are the trees. This special museum has three major galleries: the Boston Common, the Boston Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. These galleries display an impressive collection of public sculpture that is free and accessible 24/7, 365 days a year. In this free public illustrated lecture, David Dearinger, PhD will give a brief overview of Boston’s “museum without walls” and the role that sculpture plays in its history and aesthetics. The talk will take place at the Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street,  on Tuesday, November 29, and registration is not required. For complete details visit http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/4142/museums-without-walls-sculpture-collection-boston-common-public-garden-and-commonwealth

David B. Dearinger is Director of Exhibitions and Susan Morse Hilles Senior Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Boston Athenæum. He holds a PhD in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with a specialization in nineteenth century American art. He became a member of the curatorial staff at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1985, where he served as Chief Curator from 1995 until 2004, when he joined the Boston Athenæum. He has taught art history at a number of institutions, including the State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he taught for over twenty years. He has lectured and published widely in the field of American art and has curated and organized a number of exhibitions in New York and Boston.


Holiday Wreaths: Planning Ahead

We all know how busy November and December become.  We’re shopping, we’re cooking, perhaps we’re traveling, we’re attending parties, we’re standing in line at the post office – and somewhere in there we are getting a flu shot.  So let’s take some stress out of the equation.  Is there a teacher, a co-worker, a baby sitter, a stylist, a neighbor, who is on your gift list? Let’s send them a lovely wreath with a bow (only $45!) in the beginning of December – you will be the holiday hero (or heroine.) We attach a beautiful gift card and can even deliver it if they live or work in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, or South End.  Or you may pick it up at The First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley Street, and do the presenting yourself.  Visit http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org/products-page/ to see photographs, and to order online or print an order form.  We are showing a fully decorated wreath ($100) below, in case you decide to splurge.

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Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Propagating Semi-Hardwood Cuttings

Enhance your garden! Join Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production at the Arnold Arboretum, on Saturday November 19 from 9 – 12 to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa (Ilex and Rhododendron to name a few), and will take their propagules home.

Fee ($65 or $58 for Arboretum members) for all materials is included in the cost of the class, which will be held in the Dana Greenhouse Classroom at 1050 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. Students should bring their own pruners to class. Register online at www.my.arboretum.harvard.edu.


Friday, November 19 – Saturday, December 3 – Methuen Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees has been a marvel of the Merrimack Valley for over two decades. Start the holiday season with this family celebration of the sights and sounds of the holidays. Featuring over 240 trees, wreaths and displays that you could win, the Festival of Trees has something for everyone. Make The Festival of Trees a part of your holiday season-visit us, enter to win, host an event at the Festival or volunteer and help share the magic. For complete information visit https://methuenfestivaloftrees.com/

Admission Every Day – $10.00 Children 12 and under are always free! Methuen Festival of Trees
Valley Office Park, 13 Branch St. Methuen, MA
Friday, November 19th through Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Weekdays 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Special hours:
Wednesday, November 23 12:00 pm-9:00pm
Friday, November 25 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday, December 3 10:00 am-9:00 pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day)


Thursday, November 17, 6:00 pm – Art Dinner with Mehdi

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has commissioned a new temporary installation on The Greenway by Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, an emerging star in the international art community. Mehdi Ghadyanloo has become internationally known for painting over 100 surrealist city-scale murals in his native Tehran and the artist’s upcoming Boston mural represents his American debut. Titled Spaces Of Hope, it is the fifth mural to adorn the popular 76’x70′ Greenway Wall. Photo by Jesse Costa  courtesy of www.wbur.org.

Our friends at Lala Rokh are hosting an intimate reception and dinner with the new Rose Kennedy Greenway Wall mural artist Mehdi. Please join The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Thursday, November 17th, at 6p and meet this international artist in person while dining on delicious food. Choose between attending solely the reception for $50 per person, or the reception and dinner for $100 per person. Mehdi will share the inspirations for his works in Boston, Tehran, and beyond, while you enjoy dinner. 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Greenway! Register at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Don-t-Forget-About-Our-Upcoming-Art-Dinner-with-Mehdi-Ghadyanloo-.html?soid=1102306493796&aid=Wzc4lh_XSU0

Mehdi Ghadyanloo and his assistant Henry Kunkel examine the bolloon at the top of the mural. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)