Archive by Author

November Private Shopping Events

12 Oct

Private Shopping Events

Reserve 1.5 hours of private shopping times for you and a group of friends on Monday, Wednesday or Friday nights this November.

Enjoy a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres at Cedar Grove Gardens with your group of friends this holiday season. Receive 10% off your in-store purchases and get exclusive access to our latest designs and products. Watch demos by our talented staff and gain inspiration for your own creations at home. To reserve your evening of private shopping, review our attendance guidelines below and contact Stephanie or Pilar at 617-825-8582 or via email at cedargrove02124@gmail.com.

Attendance Guidelines

Attendance is restricted due to current COVID19 regulations, with a limit of ten guests per event (excluding staff members). While one group reservation per evening is preferred, reservations for smaller groups of three or more will be accepted and combined in order to bring an evening’s head count to ten guests. Masks are strongly encouraged but not required for non-staff attendees. Tickets are $25 per person with a minimum of three tickets required per purchase. Ticket purchase is due at time of reservation. Names, addresses and contact information for individual guests must be provided at time of ticket purchase.  A maximum of two private shopping events will be scheduled per week. List of current available private shopping evenings below. 

Monday, November 2    7PM-8:30PM

Wednesday, November 4     7PM-8:30PM

Friday, November 6     7PM-8:30PM

Monday, November 9   7PM-8:30PM

Wednesday, November 11    7PM-8:30PM (Sorry Sold Out)

Friday, November 13    7PM-8:30PM

Monday, November 16    7PM-8:30PM

Wednesday, November 18     7PM-8:30PM

Friday, November 20     7PM-8:30PM

Monday, November 23     7PM-8:30PM

Wednesday, November 25      7PM-8:30PM

Monday, November 30     7PM-8:30PM

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

09 Oct

Starting now Through October 25th we’re thrilled to announce our annual harvest festivities! This year we’ll be celebrating with a pumpkin decorating contest- check out the guidelines on how to enter below. To join our pumpkin decorating contest, simply drop off your pre-decorated sugar pumpkin before Friday, October 23. Pumpkins will be put on display and votes can be immediately cast from family, friends and customers, so drop off at your earliest convenience for the most exposure! If you purchased your sugar pumpkin from Cedar Grove Gardens, bring your receipt with you at the time of drop-off for a full refund. This contest is open to ALL ages, so invite the whole family to join. Let us know if your entry belongs in the under-12 or over-13 age group as there will be prizes for first, second and third place winners in both groups. Our winners will be announced via social media on Sunday, October 25. Join us between 12-3PM that day for upper-face and mask painting and trick-or-treating. Costumes are encouraged when you visit, but face masks are required, so be sure to dust off your spookiest and silliest face wear before joining us.

Don’t miss out on your chance to enter! Limit one entry per person. Call the shop at 617-825-8582 with any questions. We can’t wait to see your decorated sugar pumpkins!

Your support makes a difference! The Neponset River Watershed

08 Jul

 “The Neponset River has been a part of my life for 60 years and holds a special place in my heart. My friends and I used to skate on an area just above Baker’s Chocolate next to the “Iron Bridge” and I use to fish smelt at Godfrey’s Wharf now known as Milton Landing”

–Richard O’Mara, Owner of Cedar Grove Gardens in Dorchester, River Advocate, and NepRWA Board Member

Dear River Advocate,

The Neponset River and the parklands along it are an incredible resource for our local community.

When everything was closed this spring, the river and local parks were still open to all of us, with no admission fees. But healthy, protected natural resources aren’t free. They depend on the leadership and hard work of hundreds of people like you.

The Neponset River Watershed Association is a grassroots conservation group that works to protect the river and has helped make it what it is today. Their volunteers and staff do amazing work to reduce water pollution, restore wildlife habitats, open river access for everyone and prepare our communities for climate change.

To help raise needed program funds, a donor has offered the Association a $5,000 grant if they can find 350 people to become members for $10 or more by 7/31.

I hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to protect the river — and I thank you for your support!

image.png

31 Mar

Curbside Pickup & Delivery, Gardening Made Easy.

Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by COVID-19. We are keeping the safety of our employees and customers as our top priority in these unprecedented times. Spring has arrived and Easter is just around the corner, with that in mind we have put together gardening made easy by offering::

Curbside pick up:

Order plants via phone (617) 825-8582 pay over the phone and we’ll have your plants ready when you are, call when you are outside and we will wheel out a cart, we would also be happy to load your car for you.

No contact delivery to your home or business:

Call and order your plants over the phone and we will deliver to your doorstep 

With the safety of our loyal customers and staff in mind and utilizing social distancing guidelines Cedar Grove Gardens has come up with a safe solution for you to take care of all of your gardening and fresh flower needs.  

Support your favorite local flower shop and garden center:  

Even well-established retail shops depend on a predictable income stream in order to pay  staff and keep the lights on. This year we are celebrating 40 years in business but a public health emergency such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) can put any hard working  businesses in jeopardy. We all need help, especially small, local family-owned businesses.    

Whether you are looking for fresh flowers, plants,gourmet food baskets  or gifts, our Cedar Grove Gardens team can work with you to get it delivered to your home or arrange curbside pick up.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

26 Mar

To our loyal customers, friends and neighbors,

It is a challenging time for people and businesses around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us and Cedar Grove Gardens is no exception.  I am confident that we’ll rise to this challenge and come out stronger. While many of us are feeling uncertain, Cedar Grove Gardens will continue to try and bring some sunshine and hope through flowers and plants into all our lives. 

As we scramble to navigate our new temporary normal with the upcoming Easter Holiday, we would like to pass along a straightforward approach (for the next few weeks) for you to order flowers and plants for your holiday or just to brighten your day.

Beginning on Monday March 30th

Order by phone at 617-825-8582:  Monday – Thursday 9AM -4PM, Friday and Saturday until 5PM and Sunday 10-2.  Please note that these hours are subject to change.

Payment by credit or debit card only is required to complete your order.

House Accounts: As a small business we are struggling with our supplies and growers to care for our staff and to keep financially fluid. Therefore, we are, until further notice suspending all house charges/accounts.   

Spring Fresh Cut Flowers: 

  • Low Dense Vase, $75. $100. $140. 
  • Upright Vase, $90. $140. $180. 
  • Spring Baskets, $80. $120. $175. 

Flowering Potted Plants:       For a ceramic pot or basket please add $7.50

  • Easter Lily, Double stem $45. (dressed), Triple stem $70.  (dressed) 
  • Local tubs 4 or more stems $100. (dressed) 
  • Hydrangea 8” pot $60. (dressed) Tub dressed $90.  
  • Potted Bulb Plants, including tulip, daffodil or hyacinth 

8” pot $40. (dressed)

10” pot $60. (dressed)

  • Herb and European Gardens, in a wooden box with moss $60. $90. $120.

Easter ordering: All orders for Easter week (delivery or pickup) must be received by April 8th. Easter deliveries will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Holy week. However, orders must be received by April 8 and due to limited staff delivery time is not guaranteed. 

Please call our shop 617.825.8582 if you have questions and to confirm availability as things are continuously changing.

We are truly grateful for your support and patience during this unprecedented challenging time. 

May you and your family stay healthy and have a very blessed Easter holiday,

Richard O’Mara

Cedar Grove Gardens

Our upcoming in House Wedding Show

11 Mar
GIVEN THE RECENT UPDATES ON THE COVID-19 VIRUS  OUR WEDDING SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED 

Planning a wedding is hard work but you’ve got to start somewhere right! Join us at the shop for this FREE event to view  breathtaking florals and get lot’s of inspiration.  From the latest design trends to classical and timeless bouquets and centerpieces. we’ve got something for everyone and in every budget. There are no silly questions, so ask away, now is the time to talk with our talented designers and get the answers you’ve been looking for. There is no obligation advise is always free. We’ll make sure that you have the wedding flowers of your dreams!  So Grab your girls and stop in March 21st and 22nd, call the shop for specific times as they vary each day. 617.825.8582

 

The holiday life of florists, be dazzled, be jeweled, be lieve

15 Nov

by Janet Lee Harrold

Baby it’s cold outside, but inside it’s like an enchanted gift shop filled with wonder and magic.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Cedar Grove Gardens and we are like busy little elves preparing for the upcoming Holiday Season. I thought I would take a minute to define just what it is that we do behind the scenes. An effort to inform and inspire you and put you in the Holiday spirit, grab a cup of coffee and curl up on the couch with your lap  top as if you were watching your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie.  Warning this may exhaust you!

For most of you, the Christmas Holiday begins the day after Thanksgiving, but when you are in retail, the holiday starts much earlier than that, often in the summer months and for some of us it really is an all year round on-going event.  Though we try and prepare early, (after all Christmas is the same time every year)  and because most of our product is fresh, it seems like there just isn’t enough time or days leading up to the “Holiday Hustle” with a full staff on hand  working overtime and extra seasonal help hired, we somehow manage to get through it, at the end of the season we have accomodated hundreds of happy customers like yourself.  At least, that’s the goal!

Outside in the garden center we stock  over a thousand Christmas trees, balsam and fraser fir are two of my favorites, we also carry pine and balsam roping and a variety of different size wreaths.  Some of the wreaths are plain and others are beautifully decorated, did you know that we are one of the few local shops that design custom wreaths while you wait? A service that separates us from the rest and one that our customers have really become a custom to. we even have customers who travel a great distance to have one of our famous “Bow Ladies”  create a masterpiece for their front door. We use only the finest quality ribbon and our designs are as unique as our shop itself.  We do carry traditionally decorated wreaths and have many all ready made and hung outside for you to grab, but inside is not an assembly line where wreaths are made basic and quick to fulfill the demand, these are top quality designs made to your specifications. Our custom wreaths are nothing short of extraordinary.

An additional service that we provide is Holiday Installations.  We enjoy filling your containers and window boxes full of winter fragrances, fresh incence cedar, balsam boughs, red twig dogwood, pine cones, birch logs and berries, the possibilities are endless.  In fact a lot of the local streets that you see decorated are created by Cedar Grove Gardens. Did you know that we also decorate off site?  We actively deck the halls of many commercial and residential homes as well- both inside and outside. Our clients come to us for a professional hassle-free experience. We decorate many local restaurants, bars, offices, property management and personal homes and churches.

Inside the shop is where the real magic happens, stroll through our beautifully decorated Christmas tree’s and pick a sparkling ornament, we have hundreds! Relish in the inspiring decorating ideas strewn throughout the shop and take home with you your new found passion for stylizing that you didn’t even know you had.  Observe the many talented designers on site working their magic with fresh flowers. In addition to the Holidays, everyday floral life shall go on, you may spy them creating flowers for a special birthday, a funeral or if you are lucky they may be preparing for a special event such as a holiday Christmas party or styling a wedding. Either way, I guarantee it will be droolworthy!

Gift Giving… unfortunately, in today’s online world, the inside of the shop is something that many of our customer’s don’t get the pleasure of seeing. Our website mostly features fresh floral arrangements and so many have no idea what a hidden gem we actually have. There is something irreplaceable about being able to walk into the shop and experience all the smells and feels that bring your Holiday experience to life. Coming up with gift ideas for everyone seems impossible, inside you can find unique gifts that are perfect for any age, for any occasion and for anybody.  We have a lot of non traditional treasures that are great for hostess gifts and  teacher’s gifts. In a rush as most of us are, there is always the gift card option and we have them in any denomination.

Peace & Joy… though the days are long during the Holiday season from early morning market runs starting at 5:00a.m. at the Boston Flower Exchange, and closing the shop most evenings at 8p.m.  Some would say that as florists we need our heads examined but there is something unusually fun and fulfilling about unloading Christmas trees and serving our loyal customers for almost 40 years that makes it all worth it in the end.  I always say that sleep is a bit over rated after all, nothing a little eggnog can’t fix right!!? Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

A Boston Wedding… Charlestown Naval Shipyard Park

24 Oct

written by Janet Lee Harrold

What can we say, we just love, love love it when we can be a part of such a beautiful wedding day!  From the amazingly colorful and unusual florals to the attention to detail and so many personal touches, (how about that VW Mobile Bar Olive & Twist from Capers Catering formerly featured on the knot) this day was remarkable in every sense of wedding bliss. Sophistication is an understatement. There were so many beautiful pictures taken by the lovely sister city photography. Below are just a few.

I’m in love with her Bridal Bouquet…very untraditional right? She is carrying a beautiful bouquet of tweedia such a sweet and dainty choice, in case you are wondering…it is native to South America and also known as blue milkweed. The groom is wearing a blue thistle boutonniere, it is actually the national flower of Scotland…it’s meaning clearly “connotes bravery, courage, and loyalty in the face of treachery”.

Pawfectly cute cocktail napkins…

and personal invitations…

The Ceremony was held at St. Gregories  in the Lower Church, the beautiful altar was the perfect backdrop for our hybrid blue delphimium vases filled with submerged curly willow…so elegant and just dreamy

the unusual flowers didn’t stop there…the attendants bouquets were also designed with tweedia and embellished with cymbidium orchids but I have to admit, I think the girls floral print dresses really took center stage.

cute as a button, these adorable flower girls were carrying Nantucket baskets trimmed with powder blue hybrid delphinium blossoms, filled with cymbidium orchids and tied with satin ribbon.

A perfect color palette, dahlias, marigolds, roses, hydrangea and so many other vibrant colors lined the tables in this amazing setting…most people can only dream about having their reception at The Courageous Sailing Center Pier 4   of the  The Navy shipyard     

the unlikely combination of an elegant place setting and delicious donuts was the perfect blend of sophistication and whimsy.

 

The scenic view of the Boston skyline and the harbor just can’t be beat.

The scapegoats of Dorchester Park “Baa” ha ha

16 Jul

written by Janet Lee Harrold photo credit Erin Murphy and Dorchester On Line Times

Baa ha ha,  we have decided to re define the word “goatscape” to best describe our hard working four legged friends that have been employed at Dorchester Park for the past two seasons.

“scapegoat” according to Wiktionary

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/scapegoat

scapegoat (plural scapegoats) … He is making me a scapegoat. … for someone else’s error(s)): fall guy, patsy, whipping boy;
“scapegoat” according to -Dorchester
scapegoat (plural scapegoats) a four legged, bramble eating friend, interacting with locals, avoiding rush hour, heading for 93

The goats were brought into the park last year with the help of Lisa Ahern and the members of the Dorchester Park Association. The initial intention was to bring goats into the Park to help control the invasive weed species that are threatening to take over this historic landscape. Mission accomplished, they did such an amazing job that the community decided to raise enough funds to bring the goats back again this year!  Everyone was just thrilled to welcome the goats back, they never imagined the additional value that these “kids” brought to the park and the community at large. The neighborhood has simply fallen in love with them, the children have been reading stories to them, the Kenny Elementary School even held their own fundraiser to help keep the goats in the park. Overall bonds have been made and educational experiences have been broadened. The goats have enriched the landscape and neighborhood.

Last night after the goats punched their time clock, they decided to hit the streets of Dorchester, they were first spotted on Adams St. by Erin Murphy (City Councilor At Large) and Brian Holmes… a call to Lisa Ahern and the delicacy of few choice carrots led them back to safety under the fence. This was not the first time they escaped, just  a little over a week ago young couple and their two children were playing tennis and saved the goats from escaping, their herding skills saved the day and they were brought back to safety, an experience the family will never forget.

Though this post may seem a bit light hearted,  no “kidding” around, last night they were dangerously close to traffic, so a decision was made to temporarily send them back to the farm until the fence can be reinforced. Just goes to prove to these goats that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

Moral of the story, if you live in Dorchester, never leave your home without packing a few carrots just in case.