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The Mall at chestnut hill announces Step Into spring flower & Garden show April 1 – May 15. Award winning landscape artists, horticulturists, master gardeners and floral designers will share exquisite examples of richly planted gardens, stone sculptures, unique garden settings and beautiful floral arrangements in common areas throughout the mall. The public will have the opportunity to view native floral along with some of the most rare and unusual varieties. Examples of textures and blooming colors of the natural outdoors will be on view throughout both levels of the mall.
As part of Step Into Spring, the Mall at Chestnut Hill will also host three special events to celebrate the season:
· A Taste of Spring Preview VIP Party – Friday, April 1, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
A special evening to unveil the glorious spring garden displays. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $35 and will benefit the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and are available online at www.masshort.org or at the door.
· Children's Spring Fling – Saturday, April 16, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
A free arts and crafts event for children incorporating spring flowers and bright colors.
· Fashion & Florals – Saturday, April 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The Mall at Chestnut Hill presents fashions created by 10-12 student designers from Mount Ida’s Fashion Design program. Retailer fashions from Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG, Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade and Tous will be showcased in between the student’s looks.
Participating landscapers and florists include:
1-800-Flowers, A Blade of Grass, A Yard and a Half Landscaping, Berkeley Wholesale Florists, Berry’s Greenhouse, Brattle Square Florist, Bunker Hill Florist, CMC Design, Carbone Floral Distributers, Cass School of Floral Design, Cedar Grove Gardens, Celebrated Flower, Chester Brown Inc., COGS Design, Coleen's Flower Shop, Crystal Brinson, Horticulturalist, Dana Markos, David Austin Roses, Earthworks, Elgreen Orchids, Exotic Flowers, Flores Mantilla, Flowers by Steve, Frosty Hollow Orchids, Holly Alderman, Ikebana International, Ilex Flowers, Irish Limestone, Jeri Solomon Floral Design, Land Escapes, Mahoney's Garden Center, Markus Specimen Trees, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association, Michael Jardin Fine Gardens, New England Land Artisan, Parterre Garden Services, Peter R. Sadeck, Rosa Flora, Quansett Nurseries, Quinlan-Wasserman Inc., Raspberry Bouquet, Riccardi Wholesale Flowers, The Rose Society, Stapleton Floral Design, Stephanie's Flowers, Twig Boston, Vetra Horticultural Services, WAFA and Winston Flower
“This is a wonderful partnership between many talented florists and landscapers and we are proud to work with Chairs Peter Sadeck and Diane Valle to showcase some of the area’s most artistic forces,” said Debora Konig, Director of Mall Marketing for Mall at Chestnut Hill. “We hope folks will come down to the mall to view the displays and participate in the events, to be inspired or simply for a reminder that spring is about to bloom!”
Flower and landscape exhibits will be on display at the Mall at Chestnut Hill from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, May 15. For more information and a full list of participating landscapers, please visit www.simon.com or call (617) 965-3038. Step Into Spring is produced by Boston Portfolio Properties, LLC, a real estate brokerage firm focused on personalized service to owners and buyers of the most desirable properties in Boston and the surrounding suburbs. Visit www.bostonpp.com for more information.