I really love when I come a cross wedding photos of our flowers via another blog, this time we were featured on “once like a spark” they did a great job at capturing the ceremony and reception that took place on the beautiful grounds of Larz Anderson park and the unique auto museum. love the rustic look of our flower bouquets against the girls lace dresses…so elegant. We are happy that we could play a small part in their very special day.
Since it’s inception, Cedar Grove Gardens has always taken a great amount of pride in the quality of work that we put out and the gold standard that we strive to meet in all facets of our business. Whether it is something as simple as a wrapped bouquet or the care and handling of sympathy work, we want to make sure that we exceed your expectations. A large part of our business is wedding and event work. We aspire to stay current with modern trends so that your dreams are delivered without sacrificing quality. That is why our Design Manager, Tajah Downey, attended “The Art of the Party” workshop in Oklahoma City. It was a 4 day hands on workshop that focuses primarily on party and event work. Taj, along with 25 other florists from all over the nation, worked alongside with Tom Simmons one of California’s leading floral design professionals and a member of Teleflora’s prestigious team of Education Specialists.
Though it’s fun to create flowers for every wedding, it’s always so nice when we get the chance to work with Brides and Grooms that may be from a different culture. When I came across these wedding photos from a Chinese American wedding that we did awhile ago, I thought it would be a fun wedding to share with you. I just love the many pops of red color throughout that signify love, joy and prosperity in the Chinese wedding tradition .
A beautiful Boston summer wedding. Loved her pink shoes! I definitely have a sweet spot for wedding photos that are taken in The Boston Public Gardens. Love the image that shows a glimpse of the bridge.
written by Janet Harrold
Most of our regular customers are on a first name basis with many of our staff members. The first people to greet you when you enter our sales yard is typically a member of our Garden Design Team. A knowledgeable and friendly crew. They work in the yard every season, sometimes in the rain, the bitter cold, the sleet and snow and this time of year the heat. Despite the weather conditions our crew is always there to answer your questions about summer plantings, to sell you the perfect Christmas tree and wreath and setting up the best Harvest Festival in town. For those of you who don’t know them, let me introduce you to our Garden Design Team…
Bob has been Garden Center manager for 12 years and like any manager Bob wears many hats. His duties include overseeing the staff, ordering plants, statuary and garden accessories. Bob rotates the inventory and maintains the overall layout of the yard. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the Garden Center, Bob also plays an intricate roll in the delivery and installation of the many weddings that we provide floral arrangements for each weekend.
Before Bob came to work at Cedar Grove Gardens he spent nearly 25 years as a professional chef. Working with and learning from Jasper White (Jasper’s), Chris Scheslinger (East Coast Grill), Jim Burke (Harvest). He also held management positions with Paparazzi and Legal Seafoods.
Bob also worked in interior design and architecture. He studied at Autocad a computer drafting design school, but his visual skills, eye for detail, organizational abilities, and lifelong passion for plants and gardening has made his work at Cedar Grove Gardens truly a feast for the eyes.
You may know John from seeing him around our garden center, or in the past you could have crossed paths with him at the Ashmont Peabody Square farmers market, but during the spring and summer months, John’s primary job is container garden design. If you take a stroll around town you will see beautiful plantings in many residential homes as well as businesses such as Steel &Rye in Milton, Aquitaine in Dedham, and The Quarry Restaurant & Lounge in Hingham just to name a few.
Growing up, John worked long summer hours doing landscape design. His extensive horticultural background includes Essex Agricultural & Technical School as well as Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
Before John came to work for Cedar Grove Gardens 5 years ago he owned and operated “Pete’s Dockside” a hidden gem that serves breakfast and lunch at the Seaport section of South Boston.
Just about any day that you troll through our garden center you will see Phil with a big smile on his face. He has been with us for 10 years now and has made many friends with our loyal customers. He enjoys helping customers by answering questions and helping them with their purchases. Philip got his education from Norfolk County Agricultural School. Before Philip joined us he was part of the beautiful Cedar Grove Cemetery grounds keeping and nursery team.
At various times throughout the year we also add additional staff members to the garden center, some are hired on a seasonal/temporary basis and others have been with us for years and are knowledgeable about the indoor and outdoor day to day operations.
I hope you enjoyed meeting part of our staff and getting to know them a little better. The next time you stop in, be sure to say hello!
With Easter and Mother’s Day behind us, I bet you may be wondering what to do with the beautiful bulb plants that you received? Well wonder no more. Plant them in your outdoor garden to enjoy for many years to come.
Lilies will bloom in the summer months, they may need some time to get established and may not bloom the first summer, but will usually come back and perform well in future years. June – August are their likely months so be sure not to plan on them for Easter.
After a long cold dreadful winter, you’ll be happy to see the signs of spring return after you have taken the time to plant your tulips, hiacinths and daffodils
My personal favorite and most reliable bloomer is the daffodil, sadly their bloom time is so brief, but that’s o.k. I plant them anyway I find it very gratifying to see them multiply. I have them planted right outside my door so that they are the first thing that I see when I leave the house each morning, as long as daffodils are in bloom, I start and end my day with a smile on my face. They always seem to make me smile when I need it most.
The best advice that I can give you for replanting these lovelies is to keep the foliage on and let them die back naturally, I know, I know as they start to die they look a bit unsightly but the main requirement for bulb flowers after bloom care is to keep the leaves on so the plant can put all of it’s energy to the bulb. You may use a little bulb booster or bone meal fertilizer in the fall.
Get the most out of your home grown tomato garden.
- Choose a bright spot to start your beds. A location that gets at least 10 hours of light in the summer is the best for growing this ever popular fruit/ vegetable.
- Prepare the beds by turning the soil and amend with organic matter. We often suggest Coast of Maine’s Lobster compost blend. (you can purchase here in the garden center).
- Water deeply, but infrequently starting off at once a week until the height of the summer where you may then water every 5 days.
- Keep your tomatoes coming all summer long… to eliminate having all of your harvest coming at once, three weeks after planting your first crop plant more.
We all realize the importance of team work, but often times we forget to realize the day to to day operations that go on behind the scenes and the people who keep the operations running so smooth. Don’t forget to pencil in your awesome administrative professional, the glue that holds it all together. Whether you want to recognize the entire week or the specific day, call us to help make this a very important holiday.
You can’t go wrong when sending a beautiful flower arrangement. Flowers say it best, did you know that a vase of fresh flowers on the corner of a desk or on a coffee table has been proven to induce positivity and enthusiasm in the workplace for both the employees and clients that enter your business space daily.
An orchid or green plant are both fantastic choices to set on a desk and last for months or even years.