Luckily Mass Hort has found a way to continue the tradition on a smaller scale. The result is BLOOMS!, which is taking place in three malls from March 12 to March 22 and three buildings downtown over the weekend. Despite my mission to avoid malls as much as possible, I made an exception yesterday and checked out the exhibits at the Chestnut Hill Mall in Newton (a suburb west of Boston).
I found a dozen exhibits, including this one by CMC Designs. With its hydrangeas, hyacinths, and daffodils, this display earns my unofficial award for the Most Fragrant.I can't say that I had a favorite exhibit, but they were all appealing in their arrangements, with many containing shade-compatible plants such as ferns, hostas, and astilbe, rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs, bamboo, and small trees. Moss was the most popular groundcover. Every display featured some non-living element such as a bench or statuary, though the cage in the background of this creation by Peter Sadeck housed three not-so-happy-looking birds.The exhibit was free--obviously you can't charge anyone to enter a mall--but I gladly made a donation to help Mass Hort achieve their goal of bringing it all together under a large roof again in 2010. I suspect that anyone heading into the area to check out the exhibits will find more happening downtown; I hope to make it there on Sunday.