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Valentine’s Day Specials

31 Jan

In addition the Classic upright vase of roses, we have a number of beautiful fresh flower arrangements to choose from this Valentine’s Day! If you would like to have  one of these designs delivered locally or picked up at the shop, call us today 617-825-8582

Mattapan Ashmont Trolley Wine Glasses

20 Jan

The next time you sniff, swirl or sip your favorite wine, why not sip it from one of our unique hand painted Mattapan-Ashmont Trolley glasses by one of our very own in house artists Janet Lee Harrold. Over the years we have heard so many different stories from people who have fond memories growing up riding the 3 mile rail service also known as The “M- line”  The Pcc’s or Presidential Conference Commission Trolleys are a fleet of 10 cars 5 in service and 5 stored. Currently in service are: 3087, 3230, 3254, 3263 and 3268 Out of service is 3234, 3238, 3260, 3262 and 3265  If you have a favorite number or an overall appreciation for these very special trolleys, stop by Cedar Grove Gardens and buy a glass and enjoy your favorite wine. Perhaps you still ride the rails now or maybe you can  take a stroll down memory lane, either way a great conversation piece and your wine is surely going to taste better being poured in such a gem!


Wedding Show 2018

04 Jan

For over 30 years we have been creating beautiful designs and staying current with floral trends so that we can remain one of Boston’s premier florists. You can expect to find beautiful flowers, textures, colors and fragrance in all of our designs. We know that these are all important components to make your wedding day as beautiful as it can possibly be. Our in house wedding show is designed as a resource so that you can come in and ask questions, hold bridal bouquets, take pictures and speak with other vendors with absolutely  no obligation. At this event you will have the opportunity to talk with our wedding consultants and get lots of great ideas to ensure that your wedding day is just as you envisioned. Regardless of whether or not you decide to choose Cedar Grove Gardens as your wedding florist, this show will help you make realistic choices by showcasing the different seasons and numerous ways to interpret floral design.

Our goal is to open your mind and your eyes with fetching displays of beautiful floral designs, to narrow down your choices and redefine your life long dream. So be sure to stop by and take advantage of this FREE event.

The show will be held in our shop February 23rd and 24th times to be determined

Cedar Grove Gardens

911 Adams St. Dorchester Ma. 02124



Twas The Week Before Christmas and all through the shop

14 Dec

Twas the week before christmas

To Richard with Love and Admiration at Christmas Time

written by Janet Harrold

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the shop. The Designers are busy they just never stop!

The Bow Ladies are frantic, the lines out the door! We don’t mind, this gives our shoppers time to explore.

The stockings were hung by the gift shop so near, such a  broad  selection from cotton to sheer.

The guys in the yard were selling the tree’s, Mother nature is vicious only 20 degrees.

When out in the sales yard there arose such a clatter.  The employee’s came out to see what was the matter!

Richard as usual was raising a racket- Robert came out sporting his red plaid hooded jacket.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow-the martini’s were flowing -gave Richard a glow!

When all of a sudden he proclaimed something new.  “My employees are the best. I have the best dog gone crew!”

His mind a little fuzzy-he’s obviously lit, but for those who know Richard -he still has his wit.

His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like the roses he sells, his nose alder berry.

More rapid than eagles his crew and their fame- have hustled this season but 7 days still remain.  He whistled and shouted and called them by name.  Now Gerry, Now  Noralie,  Ann , Nancy and Phil. I can’t thank you enough- here’s a hundred dollar bill.

 On Liza, on Stephanie, on Mitchell, Lisa and Pat!  Here’s a long striped knitted scarf and a warm winter hat.

For Bob, John,  all the guys in the yard,  I can’t thank you enough for working so hard!

To Janet, Diane and my temporary staff, for being so wonderful—here’s time and a half.

The glow was wearing off, it had been a little while,

no drinks were being poured he lost his  sweet smile.

He spoke not a word , but went straight to his work, and soon his merry tune changed, he called John a big jerk!

“So much to be done the Holiday isn’t through, this shop is a mess everything is askew”.

What happened to our boss, the bonuses and gifts? The Martini’s, the wine, was there something I missed?

Well we heard him exclaim as the wine he uncorked, enough from Mr. Nice guy, get your ass back to work!



It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas songs of the season

12 Dec

written by Janet Harrold

Whether you are sipping rich hot chocolate, hosting holiday parties for your friends and family, rockin’ around the Christmas tree or having a custom wreath designed for your front door by the infamous bow ladies of Cedar Grove Gardens, life is but a dream isn’t it? A very busy December dream that is…since the day after Thanksgiving we have been working extended hours trying our very best to be sure that our customers are decorated for the holidays. There are only 12 days of Christmas left and the pressure is on. We’ve done everything from decorating  up on the rooftop to decking the halls with boughs of holly, in fact we have been hanging jingle bells all over town… on the busy sidewalks of Dorchester we have been stringing lights and dressing lamp posts with the Holly and the Ivy, In fact the city sidewalks are now all a glow. Hanging fresh pine roping and silver bells on your front door is our specialty and oh how we enjoy hearing them ring.  Once inside your home we love to decorate in perfect holiday style, by hanging fresh mistletoe from the most elegant of chandeliers and we welcome kris kringle with a mantle display of fresh garland, stockings and a twinkling of glitz and glam- silver and gold are two of our favorite colors to use.

As the holiday decorating season begins to wind down for us we are hoping for a silent night, but just one night will do, who needs chestnuts roasting on an open fire when fresh cut amaryllis can cozy up your home? Our gift shop is still streaming with happy last minute shoppers, looking for the perfect present and stocking stuffers. We know you will find them here, after all we’ve traveled the world looking for unique treasures for occasions just  like this.

Soon our garden center will be uninhabited of it’s balsam tree’s, and  just like last year and the year before that, in the spirit of Christmas our tradition is to give our very last tree away to the customer who’s intentions were to purchase it. It’s a tradition that we’ve embraced for the last 37+ years. After all is said and done, we hope your holidays are filled with wonder and joy and laughter in the New Year.  Have a warm & cozy season and on behalf of the entire Cedar Grove Gardens staff may we wish you a Merry Christmas!







Kelly & Joey another beautiful wedding at The Red Lion Inn

29 Nov

With Lena Mirisola  behind the lens capturing the breathtaking views of a foggy September Wedding Day we are proud to share with you the most beautiful soft pink and white wedding bouquets designed with a variety of roses, ranunculus and dahlia’s- collared with dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus we wrapped the stems with a white double faced satin ribbon to complete the look of this romantic oceanside wedding. The reception was held at The Red Lion Inn in Cohassett and the happy couple couldn’t look more adorable.



Lisa’s Holiday Decorating Tips

16 Nov

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt starts now

01 Nov

by Janet Lee Harrold

Thanksgiving is here, the warmth of family and blessings, the natural hues right outside our door of crimson and gold flank nature’s landscape, as we walk through the crisp autumn leaves we are reminded to take in the beauty this short season has to offer, before we know it the town  will be white and we will be wondering where November has gone.

I often think of myself as a collector a scavenger of sorts,  I can’t help but enjoy the bounty that nature has to offer as I bring the outdoors inside, all the while keeping in mind that the many treasures I find will complete my autumn decor and add to my tablescape on Thanksgiving day. My guests are always in awe of the simple pleasures that are offered. I can’t take all the credit though, I think it is fun to make a list of treasures for the kids to forage for  on the weekends leading up to the Holiday.  Chestnuts, acorns, pinecones…these things should be in abundance right now, send them out with a bag or a basket and see what they retrieve and if you are really lucky you can find osage balls or crabapples.

I also like to pick evergreens and pinecones form various trees and use them strewn about the house both inside and out, on my front porch stoop I like to use birch logs and red twig dogwood, boughs of pine and douglas fir added to any leftover pumpkins that I may have from Halloween.

The grocery store is also a great place to find Thanksgiving accents, don’t forget the pomegranates, artichokes, cranberries and persimmons even the common fig…

With the bounty that you have collected over the next few weeks your Holiday setting will look it’s absolute best, you can use them loose on the table, in the entryway or you can make your very own wreath. If you are not quite feeling creative or up to the challenge, take a walk through Cedar Grove Gardens, it is a great place to get inspired and as always it has lots of nice treasures and ideas of it’s own. Happy hunting!

Abby & Kevin

20 Sep

In May we had the honor of designing flowers for Abby & Kevin, we love all the great shots that the fabulous Erica Ferrone took of the happy couple on their special day but I can’t help but be partial to the shots that were taken outside of the Bakers Chocolate Condominiums. Being a florist here in Dorchester for the past 37 years and only a couple blocks from Baker Square these shots are very familiar to me and when I saw them, I just new we had to post them on our blog…

The altar pieces were designed in a clear glass vase, allowing you the opportunity to serve for double duty at the reception as long as the church allows.

St Gregories altar looks breathtaking!

Amazing Train

The high centerpieces were designed in gold cylinder vases with  luscious peonies, beautiful snap dragons, roses, ranunculus and topped with curly willow branches.

A huge Thank you goes out to Abby & Kevin for allowing us to be a part of their special day and to Erica Ferrone Photography for her expertise behind the lens.


That Old September Feeling

03 Sep

written by Janet Lee Harrold


I have to admit it, I absolutely despise the fact that we have to bid adieu to the phenomenal great summer weather and the colorful gardenscapes that I have seen throughout the city this year-but when September rolls in and the crispy autumn air is ubiquitous in the early morning, I know without a doubt it is time for cozy sweaters, spiced lattes,  homemade apple pie and everything pumpkin flavored!


Working at Cedar Grove Gardens all these years, fall has become my favorite season. The garden center is full of autumnal colors and textures. Mum plants, crimson colored  grasses, ornamental kale, gourds,  and pumpkins of all sizes and colors. I especially love when we get that rare shipment of white and green pumpkins.  We absolutely love adding these fall elements to our container gardens or to a grapevine wreath that will welcome your guest at the front door when they come to visit.


September also means that our annual Harvest Festival is just around the corner. This year it will be on Sunday October 29th,  a date you will want to save for sure. Our Harvest Festival brings so much joy to the little ones in our neighborhood as they have a chance to boast their favorite costumes. Pinata’s filled with candy  and coins are always a delight, but the big attraction is the horse drawn wagon ride through the brilliant fall foliage and fallen leaves over at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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So you see, September is not all that bad, it is the doorway to the best season of all.