’s annual Christmas Tree Sale will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, at , from 8 am until 5 pm.
NABB member Chris Mitchell organizes this terrific community service. Not only will be bring a varied selection of trees in all sizes to the corner of Clarendon and Commonwealth, but he’ll even deliver your chosen tree to your home, if you live in the area. Most trees are of modest size, ranging from three to eight feet tall, but an email to the Neighborhood Association office (email@example.com) in advance may secure you a taller specimen, as a special order. Proceeds benefit the neighborhood, so there is absolutely no reason for anyone who lives in Back Bay to buy a tree anywhere else.
What Chris does not sell, however, are wreaths. For those, you should contact The Garden Club of the Back Bay before December 4. Order forms are found on line at www.gardenclubbackbay.org - just click on the Wreath Store tab. You will also find a link leading you to glorious pictures of wreaths from prior years. While ribbon pattern styles change from year to year, bows are always available in red, burgundy, plaid, gold, silver, white, cream, or combinations of those colors. All ribbon is French wired and weather resistant.
We deliver in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the South End, or you may pick up your order at , 299 Berkeley Street (corner of Berkeley and Marlborough).
The fully decorated wreaths, which come in two sizes – standard wreaths measure approximately 23” across, and large wreaths are 31” across – are custom designed for each purchaser. We like to know if a wreath is to be hung indoors or out, since we avoid odoriferous materials such as boxwood and eucalyptus for indoor use, and also shy away from using certain greens which will dry out too quickly in our overheated environments. If a wreath is going outside, in an unprotected area, we will not use delicate grasses or dried flowers, since wind and weather might destroy the design.
Door or wall colors, architectural style, designer accents, are all taken into consideration with each wreath. If you live in a high Victorian environment, we wouldn’t send a buffalo check country style wreath, unless requested. We have done wreaths to hang in seaside homes, ski chalets, mid-century modern houses, barns, and children’s rooms. Most embellishments are natural pods, cones, flowers, fruit and grasses, but we judiciously spray some elements with a touch of gold, silver or copper, if desired, to brighten up the look. Customers may specify what accent colors they wish to see, or leave it to the designer. No two wreaths are alike, unless, of course, they are a matched pair.
Simple wreaths, either plain or with a bow, are also available, and may be purchased in advance or at The First Lutheran Church of Boston during wreath making days, Monday December 5 through Thursday December 8. Wreaths make great gifts as well, and The Garden Club will attach a beautiful gift card to your order. Don’t forget your hairdresser, teacher, personal trainer, dental assistant, or the lovely neighbor next door – send a custom wreath. Again, all proceeds benefit the trees of the Back Bay. Each year at least ten new street trees are planted, and one third of the existing street trees are pruned, with the proceeds from this fund raising project.