Photographs by Diane Hammer
To a background of soft pastel, velvety red, and snow white roses, guests brought a tropical swirl of pink, orange, and lime finery to the annual Rose Garden Party to benefit ParkARTS, the city’s free summer art, music, and performance programs held at public parks throughout the city.
Sure, there was a fair share of off-white linen, but this is one night when the little black dress is best left at home and the bright colors of summer are out in dazzling force. For those who came for the promised sartorial splendor, the Hats Galore competition didn’t disappoint. Entries were elegant, clever, funky, even brave tributes to the milliner’s art.
But folks weren’t here just to see and be seen. The event brought attention to its site, the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens, a jewel in the treasure that is the Emerald Necklace. Designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of landscape architecture in this country, the famed Emerald Necklace is tended to and protected with the help of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. And as guests stood around the fountain at the center of the garden, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak announced this dedicated group has taken on the task of restoring and modernizing this delightful focal point. Hats off to that.