By Carol Stocker
This is the big weekend for garden club greens sales, which often feature decorated bargain wreaths, swags and bagged greens for do-it-yourself decorating, freshly cut from members' gardens. Many items and arrangements are hand made by members with an artistic flair. These non-profit events are often major fundraisers for local beautification projects.
The Milton Garden Club hosts its annual Greens Sale Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Known for its one of a kind fresh decorated evergreen wreaths, diverse arrangements starting at $2, and giant bags of fresh cut holly and mixed greens, this is a longstanding traditional event. This sale often sells out quickly so arrive before the doors open for the best selection. Location: Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton.
Danvers Garden Club "Greens Sale," Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is another great offering of holiday wreaths, kissing balls, swags, boxwood trees, baskets, and centerpieces designed and crafted by members of the Danvers Garden Club. Location: Endicott Park Carriage House, Forest St., Danvers.
Groveland Garden Club "Annual Greens Sale," Saturday. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Unique hand made Wreaths, Swags, Kissing Balls, Boxwood Trees. Holiday Arrangements, Homemade Baked Goods...Location: Little Red Schoolhouse at the corner of Main Street (Rt. 113) and Broad Street.
Wollaston Garden Club "Greens Sale" Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. The sale will feature hand-made wreaths and swags, as well as large outdoor arrangements, indoor table arrangements, holiday plants and other unique gift items and our signature bagged greens. Location: Wollaston Congregational Church Social Hall 48 Winthrop Ave Wollaston, Quincy.
Bridgewater GC, "Annual Greens Sale" Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center, 10 Walley Krueger Way, Bridgewater, MA
Berkshire Botanical Garden Annual Holiday Marketplace is Dec 1 & 2 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is free. As is tradition, regional designers and friends of the Garden have created a Gallery of Wreaths available for purchase. Visitors can expect an array of decorative styles, from traditional evergreen wreaths adorned with berries and bows to elaborate pieces featuring found natural materials like seed pods and magnolia leaves. Preserved boxwood topiaries, boxwood kits, and festive tabletop decor will be for sale, as will amaryllis, paper whites and hyacinths, all beautifully potted and ready for holiday bloom.Garden-lovers will enjoy unusual ornaments, reference and coffee table books, gift-wrapped membership packages and baskets filled with herb products made by the Garden's Herb Associates for sale at the BBG Gift Shop.The annual Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Party will be held on Friday, November 30 from 5:00 to 8:00pm. Guests can enjoy cocktails and early buying privileges with the purchase of a $75 ticket, available through the Garden's website or by phone at (413) 298-3926.
Tower Hill's annual "HOLLY DAYS is a horticultural celebration of the winter holidays. It will highlight a gastronomic
theme with hand-crafted ornaments, November 23rd through December 30th. Tower Hill's Stoddard Education & Visitors
Center is magnificently decorated with trees, wreaths, and swags adorned with gleaming
lights and exquisite ornaments, making use of natural materials such as dried flowers,
leaves, seeds, seed-heads, cones, branches, and fruits.
Admission: The HOLLY DAYS exhibit and entertainment is included with garden admission;
$12 Adults, $9 Seniors (65+) and $7 Youth (6-18), children under 6 and Members admitted
FREE. Discounted group rates are available. NEW this year: In keeping with the food
theme, canned goods will be collected for Rachel's Table Food Pantry; visitors can
deduct $1 from their admission for each can donated, limited to 6 cans per person,
per visit; no other discounts apply.
Hours: Daily from Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Wednesdays until 8 P.M., closed
December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. Tower Hill is located at 11 French Drive in
Boylston, Massachusetts, three miles north of exit 24 off Route 290. For more information,
contact Tower Hill Botanic Garden at 508-869-6111, or visit the website at www.towerhillbg.org