The theme for the 2014 Boston Flower and Garden show is "Romance in the Garden". Mrs. Alice Cheney Baltzel grew up at Elm Bank and continued living there after she was married. She and her husband transformed the property into a lavish study in horticulture, focusing on its access to the Charles River. At the heyday of the estate in the 1930's, the groundskeepers' son found the love of his life while growing up on the estate. During their courtship they spent many days boating and picnicking on the Charles. After 60 years of marriage, Mr. Foster visited Elm Bank and referred to the estate as "Eden on Earth". This love story is the inspiration for the MHS 2014 Boston Flower and Garden Show exhibit.
The design of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's (MHS) exhibit is a collaboration with The Landscape Institute. Recent LI graduates involved in this exhibit include:
- Suzanne Higham, MHS exhibit chair, owner of Frog Hollow: landscape design, installation and maintenance, uses her background in public health to build healthier communities through horticulture and landscape design. A component of her business is to help elders maintain their independence by assisting them with their landscape needs.
- Julia Esteves is a landscape designer and a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP). She and her husband Arthur Milczanowski own JuliaGarden Landscape Design, a landscape design and horticultural services company. They have expertise in native and sustainable planting on Cape Cod and have also worked in the field of horticulture in Poland.
- Piera Sassaroli is a designer based out of both Boston and Milan, Italy. She has been creating beautiful landscapes for city dwellers vacation homes.
The design team welcomes members of the LI community to volunteer assistance with the installation of the show at the convention center. This is an exciting experience; volunteers enjoy the experience of seeing the exhibits come to life and bloom. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The LI will also have a booth at this year's show and 5 speakers presenting on the Flower show stage. LI community members can receive discounted tickets to the show. The discounted code is LIBAC14. Volunteers to represent the school and will receive a pass for entrance, contact LI@the-bac.edu