Beyond the Paint Lower Mills

30 Aug

Beyond the paint is an art exhibit created by our very own in house artist Janet Lee Harrold.   If you look deep into each painting you may notice an obscure message hidden somewhere in the painting, each painting tells a story that is unique to the establishment it depicts. An example would be that of the image that you see here on The Ashmont Grill painting discretely placed at the bottom, it pays homage to a reference that was mentioned in  the movie “the drop”  based in Brooklyn, the character Nadia (Noomi Rapace) says she works as a waitress at the Ashmont Grill. The exhibit is now on display until November 7th at ester lower dot dining stop in for a  lunch or dinner and enjoy the patio and the art at this trendy spot offering diverse, modern comfort fare sourced from a rooftop garden.  You won’t be disappointed.


The exhibit also includes a variety of  paintings  from local eateries in the charming neighborhoods of Dorchester and Milton, take a stroll down Dorchester Ave…

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Her Trolley series will be made into note cards and we will carry them here at Cedar Grove Gardens


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To see the many obscure messages and learn a bit of each venues history, you can view Janet’s artwork from Sepember 1st -November 7th at ester. To purchase a painting by Janet email her directly  at harrold.janet@gmail.com


The Ice Cream Smith Lower Mills

Pats Pizza Lower Mills

Star Bucks Milton

Steel & Rye Milton

Lower Mills Tavern

Summer Wedding Bliss

26 Aug

Love was definitely in the air this summer and we are always happy to do our small part to help embellish the special day. Listening to our brides vision and pulling it all together takes a lot of hard work  and preparation on so many. We are always excited to see the day unfold. The fabulous Dan Aguirre Photography did a superb job in documenting the day with photos, we are pleased that he has decided to share them with us.

Just love the Boston Scenes featured here…




Her bouquet was designed in green and white tones, beautiful green hydrangeas were surrounded by white lisianthus, dahlias, roses and trimmed with airy and flowing eucalyptus .


So many pictures are generally taken with the bride and her party getting ready,  we thought it would be fun to share some of the guys




0057_003479_McGovern_Conroy The Ceremony was at St. Agatha’s Church in Milton




The Reception took place at Venezia 


The Centerpieces were a combination of both high and low




The food at Venezia looks soo delicious!



The evening pictures were a perfect ending to a perfect day and oh, the flowers still look fabulous!





60 State St. A Room with a spectacular view!

22 Jul

by Janet Lee Harrold

What better atmosphere is there in the heart of Boston than 60 State St? To be able to look  through the panoramic windows and see both the harbor and the city it’s just breathtaking! We were honored to be a part of such a loving celebration as Elizabeth and Ryan tied the knot at the beautiful St. Cecelia’s Church recently. Enjoy the photos below courtesy of  the fabulous Person + Killian Photography.

Did you know that the painting in the center reredos is a reproduction of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and the dome above is an array of 24K gold rosettes?






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Photography: Person + Killian

Second: Photographer Brendon Woods

Venue: Longwood Venues and Destination

Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Sallie Phinney  

Flowers: Cedar Grove Gardens

Cake: I dream of Jeanne Cakes 

Dress: Mikaella Bridal

Church: St. Cecelia’s 



Little acts of kindness right in your own backyard

14 Jul

by Janet Lee Harrold

This time of year your backyard is probably bursting with blooms that are unknowingly treasures that can be gathered together and made into a bouquet that can be gifted to someone who may be in  need of a smile or an unexpected gift of thanks. Perhaps you  may want to drop it off to a nursing home and ask the front desk  to pass it along to someone who doesn’t have any family members or hasn’t had any visitors lately. Your act of kindness is sure to make their day. If you are a bit nervous about  arranging the flowers-don’t be, I’m sure the lucky recipient won’t mind one bit, but just in case, here are a few simple tips. Take the time to add seasonal and whimsicle blooms to any waterproof container. Maybe you have a vintage vessel laying around the house, or a recycled glass vase. (I’ve even used an empty pickle or pepper jar)  Remember to embrace nature by using splashes of texture and color from your garden. Using blooms that  are fragrant are always a welcomed treat.




On a side note don’t forget to be kind to yourself, another pleasant surprise in the garden just may be the fresh basil that you planted to make Grandma Angelina’s  famous tomatoe sauce recipe, alternatively, think  about how  a fresh sprig of herbs can totally transform your next cocktail.  If the thought of a Blueberry Thai Basil Mojito appeals to you, then you will want to try the following recipe:

Blueberry Thai Basil (Serves 1)

  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thai Basil Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. Agave
  • 2 oz. Light Rum
  • ¼ C. Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 tsp. Lime Juice
  • 6 oz. Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • Optional: Extra Basil for Garnish
    1. Place the basil leaves, agave, rum and blueberries into a highball glass and muddle until there are no whole blueberries left.
    2. Add the lime juice and sparkling water into the glass, stir then add the ice. Serve.

Summer Solstice Garden Tour June 19th 2016

13 Jun

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All of the gardens are in the Melville Ave. area of Dorchester. This beautiful tree lined street boasts some of Dorchester’s most impressive homes. All of the proceeds from the tour go to benefit Dorchester Park, the 26 acre Olmstead designed gem that runs from Adams St. all the way through to the Carney hospital on Dorchester Avenue. The ticket price includes a wine and cheese reception in one of the gardens after the tour, from about 3 PM to 6PM.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested!  Garden clubs, friends, gardeners and anyone who has a love for the park and beautiful flowers are invited.

Tickets can  be purchased on the dotpark.org website.

On the day of the tour you should pick up your ticket and garden location map at the curbside table on Melville Ave at the “Shawmut Station” T sign between Waldeck Street and Wellesley Park.

On the day of the tour tickets are only available curbside on Melville Avenue from 10-2. They will not be available at CGG on the day of tour.

No transportation will be provided. Either arrive via the T or drive and park on Melville Avenue. Everything is an easy walk from the Red Line’s Shawmut Station. Melville Avenue is a short walk north of the station along a pedestrian walkway. A more informative article  was featured in the Dorchester Reporter…to read  more follow the link below.


Prom Flowers

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written by Janet Harrold It’s prom season  yay! Corsages have really changed over the years and flowers have become a true fashion accessory, if you are not sure what to order just remember bling is in and everyone loves to shine! You can also call the shop and talk with one of our staff member […]

Elizabeth and Brent Omni Parker Hotel

01 Feb

We were honored to have our flowers featured in “Style Me Pretty”  this past year! The Bride was gorgeous, the flowers were gorgeous and if you love seeing images of Boston…well, you may just want to see for yourself.

The photos were captured by Rachel Red Photography

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Luscious Bouquets Rachel Red Photography

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The high arrangements were topped off with an assortment of greenery, simply stated just as the Bride wanted



Lots of perfectly selected  touches to add a personal touch to the day



Love the idea for the gift box so elegant and appropriate for the setting

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and the cake skirt…wow how wonderful!

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the bridesmaids flowers…

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Tajah and Rachel October 9th

18 Jan

written by Janet Harrold

As many of you already know one of Cedar Grove Gardens very own floral designer’s got married over the fall. Tajah, who came  to us from a florist in Seattle quickly nestled into the important role of design manager here at the shop.  I’d say the pressure to capture and create the vision of such a seasoned floral designer on the biggest day of her life was on, but of course the staff here just looked upon it as an opportunity to shine, and shine they did as they transformed  this city girl’s dream into a breathe of beautiful farm air. With Tajah calling Seattle her home and Rachel serving time in the Navy, for many of their family and friends The Mount Hope Farm in Bristol Rhode Island was the perfect destination wedding!

The day began with Tajah’s first look at her uniquely designed bridal bouquet, the celosia, sahara roses, magnolia leaves, gerbera daisy, gumphrina and the whimsy and elegance of the  hanging amaranthus was enough to bring tears to her eyes.


another look at her stunning bouquet after she was dressed



Placed here on the field stone wall ali rosa photography captured it just perfectly. The wall runs the length of the farmhouse to a cabin that overlooks Mount Hope Bridge

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So happy and thrilled to have all of their family and friends in one location, their bridal party and guests came together to show their love and support for this special union. A couple of Rachel’s bridesmaids were dear friends from the Navy. Family and friends reunited from California,  Seattle, Texas, and Ohio, while other guests visited from Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts  and Wisconsin.


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The rustic farmhouse tables were absolutely gorgeous, boasting with a textural  greenery and fruit garland filled with delicious pomegranates, grapes, apples, seeded eucalyptus, variegated pittsoforum and p.g. hydrangea. The ambiance that the footed candlesticks provided  added just  the right amount of romantic glow  and warm lighting to dazzle the room  for such a formal affair.





Unfortunately Rachel’s mother is no longer with us, so we embraced the idea of adding her mom’s favorite flower (gerbera daisy’s) to the gift table as a personal touch to the day so that her presence could be felt through the flowers as well.



That magic moment…they closed the evening with a toast and a thank you to their guests for making their day so memorable. A great time was had by all who attended and continued even after the wedding day as they enjoyed their quality time with family before heading off to beautiful Puerto Rico for their honeymoon…Oh and did you catch a glance at those beautiful burlap and metal urns filled with a plethora of natural curly willow branches!



Jamie and Marc July 24th Red Lion Inn

13 Jan

I love when our Bride’s share their photo’s with us, these are from a summer wedding that we were honored to do the flowers for … not only do I appreciate the beautiful flowers, but it’s a cold winter’s day here only a high of 30 degrees so i’m really longing for the sunshine that I see reflecting in the pictures. The Bouquet’s were designed with a soft luscious mix of summer flowers such as  Peonies, Roses, Lisianthus and Queen Anne’s Lace. The collar of  Dusty Miller and Feathery variety of Eucalyptus completes the garden style look that these bouquets possess.

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The aerial view of our centerpieces  were captured just perfectly by their photographer 896f0f24-07f9-44c9-bff6-10f2de3aae0b

another view  shows off our silvery mercury glass compote, and how delicately the ivy trails over the edge…


and at the end of the day it really is all about the fun that you have on this very formal day…I just can’t believe how high these girls can jump!


Wedding Show 2016

11 Jan

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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.

Please watch this short video clip from “together forever films” one of our previous  years vendors who were gracious enough to make this video for us to share and help you get a better insight of what actually goes on a Cedar Grove Gardens Wedding Show (please note that the date at the beginning of the video is from a couple of years ago and does not apply to this year).