The Magnolia Project

The Garden Club of the Back Bay has celebrated its 50th anniversary by planting 50 ‘Moon Glow’ white magnolia trees in Boston.

The Garden Club of the Back Bay has been helping our neighbors plant magnolia trees for almost our entire history. In 1963, Laura Dwight led the first magnolia planting along Commonwealth Avenue, creating the spectacular display of pink blossoms we still enjoy today.  In 1995, we oversaw a second planting of more than 40 young ‘Leonard Messel’ magnolias, augmenting Back Bay’s spring display of flowering trees.

On April 25 and 26, the trees were delivered and the planting process began.  Ten of the trees were purchased by neighbors, and forty (!) were donated by the Club to not-for-profit institutions in Back Bay and throughout the City of Boston.  Some of the recipients include Bethany House at 256 Newbury Street, the First Lutheran Church on Berkeley Street, the Friends of the Public Garden, Berklee School of Music, First Church in Boston, Bay State College, Fisher College, Forest Hills Cemetery, and Southwest Corridor Park.