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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.

 

The Georgia Peach Truck

01 Jul

 

 

 

We are very excited that The Georgia Peach Truck will be making two stops again this month at Cedar Grove Gardens and the first stop is this Wednesday July 3rd and the second stop will be July 31st Save the Dates! Please keep in mind that they are only here from 12:00-1:30p.m. so plan your day accordingly.

A little ditti about the truck… and delicious recipe’s below from our favorite peach cookbook “The Perfect Peach”

 

Georgia Peach Truck rolls into Cedar Grove Gardens with whole boxes of Rolling Freestones®, the farm-to-street freestone peaches from our authentic Peach State!

Freestone peaches from Georgia are the peak season varieties to purchase by the box, because they freely separate from their pits for slicing in the kitchen or eating fresh out of hand.

Share a box this summer, and cook, can, or freeze a box for winter!

Rolling Freestones®
Freestone Georgia Peaches
One Box (23 – 25 Pounds) – $45

Complement a box of freestone Georgia peaches with a bag of shelled Georgia pecans!

Front Porch Pecans®
Shelled Georgia Pecans
One Bag (1 Pound) – $16

Freestone organic peaches from South Carolina are also on the truck at most locations.

No advance order or purchase required, and card preferred for payment.

Link to frequently asked questions below:

https://georgiapeachtruck.com/faq

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing our Prom Bar

31 Mar

Bedazzled, bejeweled, be ready!

This year we are doing something new!

Here’s How it Works…

Come in anytime from April 1st- May 15th

Browse the bar, it will be full of ll kinds of pretty options for your corsage and boutonniere. Rhinestone and pearl wristbands, various colorful ribbons, bling and more! put your chosen items in a box and leave the rest up to us.

 

Valentine’s Day Specials

19 Jan

Below is a description of this years Valentine’s Day Options, in addition to these listed below we have numerous other options on our website. Feel free to browse around and keep in mind for your local delivery we also carry Valentine’s Day cards, chocolates and so much more, If you order by February 1st, steep discounts apply on prices reflected below ask an associate for details. 617.825.8582

This captivating arrangement  of premium roses, nestled among a bed of spray roses and fragrant spring flowers and accented with whispy purple wax flowers and eucalyptus and designed in a clear glass vase. This striking “Rich Color” palette is sure to please. Available for $80. $110. (as shown) $140.

 

This red, blush and white design is the perfect balance of sweet and romantic. Premium roses and fragrant stock graced with trailing greens for a soft touch, the white amaryllis is the element of surprise and the showstopper that makes this deign the beauty that it is the hyacinth is simply devine.  Available for $80. $110. (as shown) $140.

If impress her is what you want to do, this upright vase that includes a beautiful stem of cymbidium orchids, roses, lisianthus, snapdragons and more is the definitely the right choice for you. As seen here $150. Also Available $200.

Roses  and Valentine’s Day Pricing…yes it’s true the price of roses increase on Valentine’s Day and I know a lot of people assume that the florist inflates the price for no good reason other than to just do it because of the significance of the day, the unfortunate truth of the matter is as roses are certainly a hot commodity on February 14th and the demand is obviously much greater, hefty labor costs at the farms to meet the spike in demand, play a role in the market in addition to transportation costs- as larger volumes of roses are expected in a shorter time frame. All of these things and so much more are contributing factors

 

 

  Thus leads me to our dozen prices for delivery this year is between $85-$140.

 

1/2 Dozen Roses are $65.00 These beautiful roses arranged with wax flower and textural greens area perfect low cost option

Just as a love that is going to last, so will this elegant phalaenopsis plant. A gift that keeps on giving, this orchid planter is truly for that special person in your life who just adores the finer things $160.

If flowers are not the first choice, considering this cyclamen plant dressed in a ceramic container is a great option, with adoring heart shaped foliage it’s certainly a sweet Valentine’s Day choice. A single plant is the perfect price that doesn’t break the bank but a double plant is certainly more exciting! Single plant $50. Double $80.

Seasonal Help Wanted… We’re Hiring

30 Oct

If you have visited the shop lately you may have noticed that our little elves have been subtly (ahem, ahem)  transitioning the shop to reflect the Holiday season, and by Holiday Season I mean Christmas tree’s, wreath’s, ornaments and unique gifts have been slowly making their way into the shop, we try to be careful as to not  overshadow Thanksgiving, but at sometime we have to get our displays set up and ready for your shopping pleasure and that time is NOW! With the Harvest Festival (and thank you for all  of you came out and enjoyed the festivities) and our Evening of Inspiration trifecta behind us we are in total and automatic Christmas MODE!  Below are a couple of things that we wanted to mention.

HELP WANTED:

 In our garden center we are looking for a few enthusiastic associates to assist our customers in finding the perfect Christmas Tree and wreath. This is a seasonal position but one never knows where that leads and often our seasonal help becomes regular help and sometimes creates friendships and camaraderie that can mistake work for fun. We are hiring now for the season so please don’t hesitate to contact the shop.

GOAT ORNAMENTS:

Nestled among our unique gift selection you will also find the wood sliced goat ornaments (hand painted by artist Janet Lee Harrold) as an ongoing fundraising effort to bring the goats back to Dorchester Park in the spring to help control the invasive weed species that are threatening to take over the historic landscape. The purchase of an ornament goes directly to the goatscaping, so thank you for your support, we really appreciate you!