Harvest Festival at Cedar Grove Gardens

15 Oct

written by Janet Lee Harrold

Our annual Harvest Festival is just around the corner. This year it will be on Sunday October 28th from 1-3, a date you will want to save for sure! Our Harvest Festival brings so much joy to the little ones in our neighborhood.  While a group of witches, super hero’s and Disney princesses  wait for their chance to swing the bat at our candy filled pinata’s, others are anxiously awaiting their turn to ride the horse drawn carriage through the brilliant fall foliage and the fallen leaves over at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.  I’m honestly not sure who enjoys this more the adults or the children but everyone is welcome and this event is always FREE.




Goats for Good

07 Oct

Dorchester Park

established 1891

 The members of the Dorchester Park Association have taken the initiative to bring goats into the Park to help control the invasive weed species that are threatening to take over this historic landscape. Designed in the late 1800’s by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Park provides the people of Dorchester with exactly what Olmsted intended. A beautiful wooded forest area to retreat to in the midst of a busy urban area. Dorchester Park is well loved and well used by its neighbors .The parks 26 acres of beech and oak forest are are home to walking trails and playgrounds, ball fields and tennis courts. People and their dogs, parents and children, runners and ball teams all enjoy the benefits of this beautiful place. Invasive species such as knotweed, bittersweet, catbriar, and poison ivy are taking over the landscape. Boston Parks and Recreation does their part in caring for and mowing, plowing, maintains athletic fields etc… but there are lots of other properties for them to care for too.The Dorchester Park Association picks up where Parks leave off by planning fun community events and helping to initiate cleanups and planting , Easter Egg Hunts and Car Shows…. The Park Association members , regular people like you and I (and we invite you to join!) , see a need to control the invasive species in a safe and natural, low impact manner. Goats love to eat weeds!!! Goats don’t suffer from poison ivy! Goats work at eating weeds all day without complaining! We would like to get the goats into the park on a regular basis for 6-8 weeks at a time on a regular yearly schedule. Returning season after season can eliminate some of the under growth that’s taken decades to accumulate. Renting goats is somewhat affordable and cost effective but we need your help to keep them coming back to be really effective. $ 400 pays for one herd for one week. $100 pays for one goat for one week. $15 pays for one goat for a day. Any amount is appreciated!! Any monies collected above our goal of $10,000 will be put towards our water restoration and tree planting initiatives. We thank you in advance for your support! Let’s make a difference together and keep this special place beautiful and growing! A quote from Lisa “Please spread the word about the go fund me campaign and let’s make us a model for other community based city park projects”  Here is a link to the go fund me page, any amount no matter how small is appreciated

UPDATE as of 10/7/2018 The following article from The Dorchester Reporter

KIDS MENU: What if the Dot Park goats could stay for a while longer?

Have you taken your families to Dot Park to meet the Goats-In-Residence yet? If not, you should! These hungry beasts are busy munching on excess vegetation like poison ivy and other invasive plant species. They’re cute, too.

In an effort to make these cloven-hooved guests a more permanent presence (they are supposed to end their residency on Oct. 15) the Dorchester Park Association is accepting donations to assist with costs. Go to Any little bit will help, though if everyone donated just $10 that would guarantee the goats would have a home with us for a few years.

The association has also commissioned beloved artist Janet Harrold (of trolley-painting fame) to create goat-themed Christmas ornaments that will go on sale at Cedar Grove Gardens this month. Ornaments will retail for $9.95 each and proceeds will go directly to the goats! Stop by Dot Park or Cedar Grove Gardens (911 Adams St.) for more info.

Lisa…”got your goat” Good Neighbor Award

28 Aug

written by Janet Lee Harrold 

She’s got style, she’s got grace…


if you have ever stepped into Cedar Grove Gardens it’s obvious that Lisa’s footprint is evident throughout the shop.

Congratulations Lisa on your Good Neighbor Award!

Lisa’s is well recognized around the shop for her creativity and keen eye for displaying beautiful treasures, she is the gift buyer responsible for making our hidden gem and tiny piece of Dorchester as sweet as it is. These are great attributes for sure but such a minute part of who she really is. From setting up gorgeous wedding venues to decorating homes for Christmas or perhaps designing that perfect front door wreath, she really has a gift,  if Lisa has a hand in decorating for you, you know you are getting quality work.  As a Cedar Grove Gardens staff member for many years, let’s just say that she exudes talent and we are beyond excited that others have recognized her strengths and her love for all things nature and awarded her this week with the very deserving “Good Neighbor Award”. Lisa’s neighborhood pride/ friendship and her love for her neighboring Dorchester Park was probably a large part in what lead to this special recognition and her latest endeavor “goatskaping” It sure has got everyone talking, even beyond the neighborhood. The goats have done an amazing job at snacking away at invasive plants and clearing away brambles and poison ivy, all while keeping children and adults entertained. At last tally her incredible efforts have accomplished raising over $3,700 of her 10,000 goal and counting, this effort is to keep the goats munching and keeping Dorchester Park looking it’s best. These curious and intelligent  unusual workers cost $400. a week to employ, goats are herbivores (plant-eaters) so they are enjoying their job as we enjoy having them.

A quote from Lisa “Please spread the word about the go fund me campaign and let’s make us a model for other community based city park projects”  Here is a link to the go fund me page, any amount no matter how small is appreciated



2018 Dot Park Car Show

19 Aug

 Dorchester Park 2018 Car Show

Thank you to Carole Mooney for such a great description of the Car Show and for all that she and her husband Paul does for our park!

Classic Car Show returns to Dot Park
On Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10-2 antique vehicles will sparkle like gems in historic Dorchester Park for the Sixth Annual Classic Car Show. On display will be cars and trucks many visitors will remember from their youth and some that were in use early in the last century.
The sound of classic hit tunes will add atmosphere to the display of beautifully restored vehicles and a food truck will provide refreshments. Visitors can also tour the park in a horse and wagon and students from the Boston School of Music will perform contemporary and classical music. Bean bag and other games will be available for families and giant bubbles will float in the air to delight children.

Owners can register their classic cars when entering the park. The event is free for everyone.

With the towering trees, hills and outcroppings of Dorchester Puddingstone, Dorchester Park provides a view of Dorchester’s terrain before cars were invented. Designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and New York’s Central Park, Dorchester Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The car show is sponsored by the Dorchester Park Association (DPA), a volunteer organization responsible for organizing the Spring Egg Hunt and other events at the park and assisting the park department with the removal of litter and leaves. This year the DPA also secured four goats with big appetites to reduce poison ivy and invasive growth at the park.
For more information about the car show or the DPA, see or Dorchester Park in Massachusetts on Facebook

How To Share Your Love Of Gardening With The Kids In Your Life

10 Jul

How To Share Your Love Of Gardening With The Kids In Your Life

written by guest blogger Scott Jenkins


When my brothers son was a toddler it was quickly becoming obvious he was different from the other kids. He was very hyperactive and would fidget a lot. He would spend most of his play time moving from toy to toy, quickly becoming bored with whatever was in front of him.


There were two exceptions to this, however. He would play with his coloring books and Lego’s all afternoon when he got a new book or a new box of Lego bricks. He seemed to enjoy being constructive and creative with his time versus just casually playing.


How We Hooked My Nephew On Gardening


It was late winter and he was delicately coloring in a pink Power Ranger at our kitchen table. Our collection of coloring books was basically infinite but I couldn’t let him just sit there and color when he was over for a visit. I wanted to find something we could create together.


I remembered how amazed I was at his age by a small project I had done in elementary school. Each student planted a bean seed in a cup of soil and was responsible for tending to it. I was amazed when it first broke through the soil and I was so proud when I got to actually eat a string bean that summer.


That day we took a short break from coloring Power Rangers and planted a bean seed in a yogurt cup I pulled out of the recycling bin. He wasn’t terribly interested at the time but when he came back over a week later and there was a tiny green thing sticking out of the soil he became over the moon excited. We immediately planted the rest of the seeds and I knew he was hooked!


For years I was able to get him to come over and garden with me. He lost interest here and there along the way but with a few tricks I was able to reign him back in. Here’s how we did it.


Let Them Have Their Own Garden


The smaller it is the easier it will be for them to manage. Even a couple large containers will be enough in the beginning and they’ll be excited to get more pots or an actual small plot of land next year.


Don’t Buy Cheap Toddler Tools


You can buy a colorful kit that includes a few tools, gloves, and a bag for around $20 but the quality is really poor and they really don’t need anything more than a small shovel. You can get a small shovel for them for just a couple dollars and paint the handle and shovel itself any way you want. This makes for a fun project to do with them too.


Plant Seeds That Grow Quick


If you’re making a wildflower garden plant seeds that grow fast and will flower often. Black Eyed Susan’s and Cosmos are both a great choice for this.


If you’re planting a vegetable garden turnips and lettuce are a good choice. Even if they won’t eat either of those they’ll get a kick out of watching you eat them.


If you want to grow something they may eat carrots and grape tomatoes as both a great choice.


Build A Scarecrow


When their interest starts to wane a bit in the middle of the summer there are a few ways you can focus their interest back on the garden. One project that they always get a kick out of is building a scarecrow.


Kids grow like weeds so I’m sure they have some clothes that are too small for them in the back of the dresser. An old pair of jeans and a long sleeve shirt is all you need. Stuff them with straw to form the body and stuff a pillowcase to use as a head.


My nephew is a young man now but he remembers our garden vividly. There’s always a place for him in mine but I suspect that when he gets a place of his own he will have his own garden. Hopefully he will set a small part of his garden aside for me to grow some beans in with his kids.

Georgia Peach Truck is returning to Cedar Grove Gardens

12 Jun

You may remember that last year having the Georgia Peach Truck visit our garden center was a delicious success! This year we are fortunate enough to have them return on two separate occasions, the first visit will be on July 11th and the second visit will be on August 1st…both dates the time is the same 12:00-1:30.

Georgia Peach Truck arrives this summer with farm-to-street boxes of Rolling Freestones®, the freestone Georgia peaches from historic Dickey Farms!

Freestone peaches are the peak season varieties to buy in bulk because they separate freely from their pits for cutting in the kitchen or eating fresh out of hand.

Can or freeze a whole box of peaches at home, or share several boxes with friends, family, and neighbors!

One box of Rolling Freestones from Georgia Peach Truck is $46 and weighs approximately 25 pounds with about 65-80 peaches inside the box depending on the size of the peaches.

We hope you join us for one if not both of these scheduled visits and even more we hope you bake something peachy from  this beautiful fruit. If a whole box seems overwhelming to you, grab a friend and share a box, don’t let the opportunity pass you buy and feel free to share on our facebook your most delicious peach recipes, we would love to hear from you!


Dorchester Day (DOT DAY)

03 Jun

Come Celebrate the town of Dorchester, typically on the first Sunday of  June, this year we are celebrating on the 3rd. Enjoy the parade starting at 1:00, barbeque with friends and shop at Cedar Grove Gardens where we have lots of sales and Dorchester items on hand, including these unique wine glasses (currently only sold right here at the shop)

Can we talk about Prom Flowers

18 Apr

written by Janet Lee Harrold

Ahh, prom season is here. I know, I know to some that word is like a swear and to others, its like music to their ears. I wonder what this word means to you? Maybe as a parent it is an exciting but stressful time of year, after all, we are extremely proud of the achievements and sacrifices that our children have made to finally get here but on the other hand we can’t help but worry a little bit about other things like…what actually happens on prom night, I want my child to be safe and I also want them to have the best time of their lives…then there is the money…when you think about the expenses that actually go into prom night, you may just need to get another part time job so that you don’t have to worry about the cost of the dress, the tuxedo, the hair, the make up the nails, the ticket to the prom itself, whether you are riding in a limo or having professional pictures done and the flowers, don’t forget about the flowers…see i’m getting stressed just writing this article. What we need to remember here is that Prom night is one of the most memorable nights in a young persons life today, or at least at this point in their lives. Every detail that I mentioned above is important to them on this very night so really, can we talk about the flowers? As florists, we are here to set your mind at ease, I believe the flowers are probably one of the least expensive details on the list. Typically starting at $35.  As I write this article the following pointers are for you or for you to show to your children if they are the ones who will be purchasing the flowers for prom night so that we can work together to make it an easy process.

There are many different options out there when it comes to choosing prom flowers, often times a traditional and classic rose comes to mind as they are known to be a safe yet elegant choice. The rose also comes in many many different colors, making it easy to match the girls corsage to the guys boutonniere. and in the case where the rose doesn’t grow naturally in the desired color, we can always add accessories to make it the perfect fit to any style. Ribbons for example come in lots of different styles and textures and we often use a couple of different styles when designing your corsage…lets say you have a turquoise dress to match and roses do not grow in turquoise, it’s the designers job to make that work, so often times we will use a white flower, whether it is the classic white spray rose or something a bit more daring as a focal flower like a calla lily, a dutch ranunculus or phaleonopsis orchid it really doesn’t matter what you choose as long as we accessorize properly, (these may just be a flower to you, but to us they are small works of art)  a sheer ribbon matched with a turquoise satin ribbon and  paired with individual rhinestones or perhaps a rhinestone or pearl novelty wristlet would certainly be an elegant design and work nicely with a turquoise prom dress or compliment his turquoise tie. Another popular choice this year is succulents, a bit more earthy but very textural and different. Small pieces of echeveria rosettes and other small succulent pieces make fantastic prom flowers as well.




A few pieces of advise to keep this busy time as simple as possible and still have beautiful flowers for that memorable evening would be to leave the design itself to the designers, we always ask you a few key questions when ordering so that you are sure to get what you want. Don’t obsess over exact color matches, more often than not the flowers would never be the same exact color as the dress anyway, let the ribbons and accents work to achieve that. Don’t skimp on the wristband, if paying an additional $10. for a novelty wristband is all it takes to add the perfect touch of elegance to the evening why not make it special? Most importantly,  don’t wait until the last minute, often times prom season becomes a very busy time of year with the Mother’s Day holiday nestled right in the same time frame. As always, we are excited to help you choose and create the perfect look to fit your style, so don’t wait, call us today and check one thing off of that list!


Container Gardens Anywhere and Everywhere

02 Apr

Maybe you would like to add some interest to your front door, or define a walkway at the back entrance. Container gardens look great anywhere and can enhance any patio or deck, they are a fantastic addition to set around the pool. The options are absolutely endless and are the best choice to add a vibrant pop of color and fragrance as they welcome your guests and even bring a smile to your face after a long days work.


Choosing the right pot and perfect plants for your space can sometimes be a fun way to welcome spring and other times the choices can be overwhelming, particularly if you are a novice gardener or just  too busy to get your container gardens started. Once established and properly planted your containers are very low maintenance.

Whether you are interested in seeing annuals, perennials or herbs, planting container gardens and decorating window boxes are our specialty. Let an experienced designer work with you to customize your space and bring an extra burst of color, texture and design to your doorstep.

To be added to the spring schedule call the shop today. 617.66825.8582