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

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