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Contest Deadline for Flower Show Tickets Midnight Tonight!

Boston Flower and Garden Show logo
Time is running out… 

Comment on this post and tell me about your favorite flower and why you love it.  50 words max!
You’ll be entered to win two tickets to the 2012 Boston Flower Show. 
Contest ends  at midnight tonight!
Winner announced on Sunday, March 11th!
The Boston Flower Show runs from March 14 – 18, 2012 at the Seaport World Trade Center.


Win Tickets to the 2012 Boston Flower Show

Calling all gardeners!Lush container with fronds and ferns
Here’s your chance to win two tickets (a $40 value) to the Boston Flower Show, March 14 -18, 2012 at the Seaport World Trade Center…
Here’s how… simply comment on this post and tell us about your favorite garden or container flower and why you like it so much. 
Send a photo if possible.   Keep comments to 50 words or less. 
Deadline for entry is midnight Sat. March Daffodils planted in white rain boots10th. 
The best submission (funny, useful, inspiring) will be chosen Sunday, March 11th and announced at 2pm that day on this blog.  Decision of the judge (me) is final.  Tickets will be delivered or sent overnight mail.  Good luck! 

For more on the 2012 Boston Flower Show, watch this:

Daffodils in Bloom on Nantucket

It’s Feb. 26th and there are daffodils blooming on several rotaries on Nantucket!  This winter is truly bizarre.  Now Nantucket is known for its Daffodil Weekend but that is two months away!
As I rode from Nantucket Center to the Surfside Road, I had to do a double take.  Yes, there were about a dozen perky yellow blooms standing strong against that crazy wind…  Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop the car photograph them.  If any reader is on Nantucket, can you send a photo?  Many thanks.
And Daffodil Weekend is April 27 -29, 2012.  For more info, go to

Boston Flower Show Preview Party – Come Join Me!

Hello All:
Every year I love going to the Boston Flower Show.  It’s like Oz.  Filled with vibrant colors, whimsical designs and dreams and ideas for another wonderful gardening season…

The stage is set for another great show from March 14 – 18 at the Seaport World Trade Center.  The theme is “First Impressions.  Adding WOW Factor to Outdoor Spaces.”
While I love the show, I don’t like the enormous crowds, the hot hall or craning my neck to catch a glimpse of some of the exhibits.

Let me share with you how you can see the show – at its most fresh and at a leisurely pace – and help a very worthy cause!

On March 13th from 5:30pm to 8pm, there is a fundraising Preview Party at the Seaport World Trade Center for the 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show.  The proceeds from the Preview Party will help restore Boston Parks Department’s Greenhouses, where plants are grown for the Public Garden, Boston Common, and dozens of neighborhood parks.

Special guests, entertainment, delightful food and beverage and a silent auction make this an exclusive and enjoyable opportunity to view the show’s gardens and exhibits before the show opens to the general public the following day.

Tickets are $100 each before February 14, $125 per person thereafter.  Ticket includes admission to the private party, exclusive viewing of the Flower Show’s gardens and the chance to meet the designers, open bar, complimentary hor d’oeuvres reception, live music, and one ticket to return to the Flower Show later in the week.

Download a ticket order form today by visiting

I’ll be there with my mom and husband smelling the roses!   Hope to see you there!Janine seated on a stone wall with yellow, pick and white flowers in the background

High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky

High Line Cover
High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts
Remis Auditorium, Boston
Tickets: $15 members, $18 non-members

I just signed up for this lecture.  It will be fascinating to hear how they reclaimed these derelict rail structures and created a park.  Come join me!

Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director, Friends of the High Line, will share the story of how the High Line, a new public park atop an elevated freight rail structure in Manhattan, became an innovative urban reclamation project.

Hammond and his co-founder collaborated with neighbors, elected officials, artists, local business owners, and leaders in horticulture and landscape architecture, to create a park celebrated as a model for creatively designed, socially vibrant, ecologically sound public space.  A book signing follows.

This is a ticketed event – $15 MFA members, $18 others.  Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-440-6975, going in person to the Remis Auditorium box office at the Museum, or visiting

Happy 2012 and Flower Sculptures by Will Ryman

Hello and Happy 2012!
It’s been a busy first two weeks of the year!  I moved into a bright, new office on Marlborough Street and just couldn’t get my act together until now to blog…  Consider me back in action!
Fairchild Botanic Gardens with Red Flowers in BackgroundHere’s a good story…
Just before the holidays, I visited my dear friend Joy near Miami, Florida.  As a special treat, she took me to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. What a wonderful place!  Gorgeous, leafy trees and delicate flowers in bloom.  Wide lawns, curvy paths and a lovely lake.  There are plinking waterfalls found off spongy paths filled with shadows and earthy smells.  Amid all this beauty, there were odd, curvy shapes of red on the land and floating in the lake.   It wasn’t until we came upon a very tall (30 feet) and willowy sculpture of red roses by Will Ryman, that we realized that the red bits were petals “blown off” the enormous roses.  Delightful!  I’d never heard of Will Ryman before but I have become such a fan! Sculpted Red Roses  Take a look at this CBS Sunday Morning segment on Ryman’s installation in New York City’s Park Ave.
Red Roses Up CloseI’m going to advocate with the good people at the Rose Kennedy Greenway to see if a Ryman installation is possible here in Boston next winter.  What a boost to the spirit these roses would bring to Boston during its darkest and dreariest days.  Pictures of the Icon 2011 Yellow Roses by Ryman are below.  The red roses are called Origin 2011.  FYI: All the roses are shaped from fiberglass, stainless steel and marine paint.  Enjoy!Yellow Roses by Will RymanYellow Petals on the Lawn