Concord Museum Garden Tour

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Lately I haven’t had much time to write my blog-I was getting ready for the Concord Museum Garden Tour (which included our house-pictured) on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1st. We had beautiful,warm, sunny weather and it was a fun event to work on.This is the 24th year of the Tour-I think we had a very good variety of gardens on the tour-some in town,some in the country,small,large but mostly people commented that they each had elements that they felt they could do-not everything was complicated and needed a full set of gardeners!

Concord Museum Garden Tour

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Purchase tickets now for the 24th Annual Garden Tour!

The Museum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. The Garden Tour will take place on two days, Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, rain or shine. Each of the seven private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new gardeners designing their first perennial bed and accomplished landscapers with acres of “garden rooms.” The Garden Tour is organized by the Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers as a benefit for the Museum’s educational initiatives.

The tour of Concord-area gardens is self-guided and self-paced, beginning each day at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 4:00 p.m. Garden-goers should arrive at the Museum to pick up their maps prior to starting out. Tickets are good for either or both days, but each garden may only be visited once. Advance purchase discount price through May 24 ONLY: $30 Members, $35 Nonmembers. After May 24 or at the door: $35 Members, $40 Nonmembers. No refunds; no photography. And don’t forget to stop by the Museum Shop, filled with wonderful garden-related gifts!

Purchase tickets online from Concord MUseum.

Concord Museum “Bloom” Event

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Fortunately for me, whenever I am on a decorating committee for an event I am surrounded by the most clever people in town. We had decided to keep all decorations very “natural”. Two of my friends did 17 of these floral arrangements and the forest scape as you walked in the front door. All of the moss, rocks,pieces of wood came from one of their properties. It was all beautiful and just right for the evening.

Keukenhof in Holland

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Probably one of the most famous gardens in the world,the Keukenhof is now in full bloom.I always regret that we didn’t get there when we visited a good friend near The Hague during the years we lived in Zurich, but I have thought about it every April since! Here is some history:

The land in the 15th century was originally hunting grounds.It was then owned by several families, one of them was Jacoba van Beiren Keukenhof.
After Keukenhof died, the land became the property of Baron and Baroness Van Pallandt who invited landscape architects J.D. and L.P. Zocher, designers of the Amsterdam Vondelpark, to make a design for the garden around the castle. This design, in the English landscape style, has always been the basis of Keukenhof.
At the moment, the estate belongs to a Foundation. On the initiative of the Lisse Mayor of that time and a number of leading flower bulb growers and exporters, an open air flower exhibition was organised here for the first time in 1949. This expanded to an annually recurring event that has always drawn great numbers of visitors from all over the world. This is how Keukenhof became the park that we now know. The park is filled with blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs.

Think Spring!

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Some friends are just so clever. My friend merely took a small white bag,glued on the pink ribbon,found a cute color for tissue paper and voila! She then added a tete-a-tete(little daffodils) as the gift. So adorable and a great peek at spring!

Christmas Nesting

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A lot of my friends told me to go check out the way Nesting On Main in Concord MA had displayed their Christmas ornaments and other merchandise. Needless to say, I loved it! For any last minute ideas take a look at their website or better yet,head on over!

The Flower Bar in Larchmont,New York

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I could not be prouder of my high school(and actually college too!) friend who has purchased The Flower Bar in Larchmont, New York. She comes to floral design after a career in arts and advertising. She is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s Floral Design Program. She was a designer at The Flower Bar and jumped at the chance when it became available to purchase. Business is growing and she is rapidly becoming “the florist to go to” in Larchmont and beyond! I think you will agree her work is beautiful.

Family Trees:A Celebration of Children’s Literature

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This wonderful event begins the day after Thanksgiving at the Concord Museum and runs until January 1st. Decorators depict a child’s book on a tree.They are always so interesting to see-people are SO creative! If you do come, please remember to bring a pair of mittens to donate to the Mitten tree.