A message from the Executive Director

Not even snowfall on the first day of spring could dampen our spirits after the success of the 2011 Boston Flower and Garden Show.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Blooms! exhibits at the Boston Flower and Garden Show were a big hit! Our booth had a constant stream of people interested in society membership, with questions about educational programs and the plantings in our demonstration vegetable garden. Many people have marked their calendars for White Flower Farm's Tomatomania and Society Row on May 22nd. And, we hope people will check our web site and Facebook page for lectures and demonstrations as part of the new Garden to Table program, which will focus on nutritious cooking from the home garden.

The Big Blue Chair attracted the young at heart for a classic Flower Show photo opportunity, and people of all ages marveled at the meticulous, miniature landscapes. The two floral design divisions maintained their standard of excellence, while amateur horticulture provided a glimpse at the array of plants we can grow in our own homes.

Blooms is an amazing tribute to the efforts of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's volunteer community. Thank you to Neal Sanders, our Blooms' Chair for his skill orchestrating a wonderful Blooms' exhibit with many moving parts. His senior management team included Maureen Christmas, Chair of Division I; Joyce Bakshi, Chair of Division II; Beth Hume, photography; Ans Vaatstra, Ikebana; Betty Sanders, Mass Hort garden exhibit design; Debi Hogan and Warren Leach for mini-gardens; Martha Clouse, AmHort Chair; Clark Bryan of Mass Hort for operations management; and Vivien Bouffard, our volunteer manager who pulled together the over 300 volunteers who made Blooms! possible. We also thank Paul Miskovsky for his generous contribution of flowers, plants, and trees.

But above all, Blooms is at the core of Massachusetts Horticultural Society's mission to help educate the public about plants and provide a showcase for designers and amateur horticulturalist to share their craft.

Thank you one and all for making Blooms! and the show such a success.

Sincerely,

Katherine K. Macdonald