Contact: Jessica Adani
Director of Development
For Immediate Release
Gifts to Delight the Whole Family at Mass Hort’s Festival of Trees
Holiday Shopping Event and Author Fest
Wellesley, MA, November 27, 2012– Shoppers of all ages are invited to browse a dazzling array of local garden-inspired wares, then meet their favorite authors at a series of book discussions and signings on Thursday, November 29th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. These events are among many exciting opportunities at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees, beginning on Friday, November 23rd through Saturday, December 8 at Mass Hort’s headquarters at the Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St., Wellesley, MA.
Complete your holiday shopping at the Festival’s holiday shopping fair - “Gifts from the Garden” - on Thursday, November 29th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with local craft, artisan food, and fine art vendors. Book lovers will enjoy listening to authors discuss their books and attending book signings at the Festival’s Author Fest, also on Thursday, November 29th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cost to attend is included with Festival of Trees admission fee - $8. Mass Hort members will enjoy a discounted admission fee of $5 upon presentation of their membership card on November 29th only.
Look forward to inspired visits with these vendors and authors:
AK Design - www.facebook.com/akdesignspace
Beautiful textile creations for you and your home.
Cody’s Creations – http://www.codyscreations.com
Handmade pet accessories, dog and cat collars, harnesses, leashes and treat bags.
Company Jam – www.companyjam.net
Company Jam is a small batch taste of this seasons’ preserve and Comfiture Company. Our products reflect the bounty of local farmers and the passion we have for bringing you the best each season.
Fine Chocalader – www.finechololader.com
Handmade European style chocolate confections.
Five Crows – www.fivecrows.com
A variety of handcrafted gifts from Five Crows Gallery in Natick that are reflective of the holiday season.
Forest Mother – http://www.esty.com/shop/forestmother
Foxgloves – www.foxglovesinc.com
A variety of beautiful Foxglove garden gloves.
Harriett’s Gingerbread & Boxwood Trees
For years, Harriett Hallagan has been making gingerbread houses and boxwood trees for family and friends. The trees are suitable for holiday table and mantle decorations. She will have decorated and unadorned gingerbread alike.
Harwood Arts – www.hardwoodArts.com
Original designs in silver, gold and precious stone jewelry.
Hendra Rose – Beautiful tucked silk scarves from India and others from around the world.
Joanna’s New World Biscotti - Joanna’s New World Biscotti is a specialty, small batch bakery offering an updated, highly flavored take on an Old-World-style, European cookie. These crunchy hand-made cookie appeal to those with a genuine appreciation for locally crafted gourmet food.
Lee Patterson’s Terrariums - Lee is an award winning expert in terrariums and miniature landscape container design.
Little Beehive Farm – www.littlebeehivefarm.com
Tony Lulek has developed a full line of bee and honey related products. As well as harvesting and selling their honey they make soaps, candles, hand creams and other body care items.
Lynne Pusalla Studio – www.puhallastudio.com
Nature inspired functional pottery, leaf plates and berry bowls.
McCrea’s Candy – www.McCreasCandies.com
Delicious soft caramel candies in several interesting and provocative flavors, all natural ingredients without preservatives.
Nanci Mitchell – Beautiful belts with floral accents, headbands and hair accessories using silks and ribbons.
Mathilde Duffy – http://MathildeDuffy-Artist.com – Drawings, cards, and bookmarks inspired from the garden and sea are offered along with prints.
Natural Pressings – Pressed floral cards and framed pieces.
Paws to Celebrate – www.facebook.com/paws2celebrate
All natural hand decorated dog treats, treat gift baskets, organic catnip toys and natural and antler chews.
Sanctuary Jewelry – www.Sanctuarybodywork.net
Jennifer Houghtaling has been making jewelry for years. Her designs are made from the most beautiful and eclectic semi-precious stones, gems and metals, resulting in a truly unique and one of a kind piece.
Vianne Chocolate – www.viannechocolat.com
Vianne Chocolate elevates locally sources ingredients in its hand-crafted, artisan style chocolate. Each bite bursts with fresh flavors from infusions of herbs, spices, fruits and liqueurs.
Victoria Gourmet – www.vgourmet.com
A fine line of all-natural seasoning and other gourmet ingredients, culinary sea salts, peppercorns, brining blends and other gifts.
4:00 James L. Jones. Fall and Winter Bloom in the Solar Greenhouse - Detailed information on operating a greenhouse that is heated by the sun alone and on choosing a satisfying array of off-season bloomers that do well under its conditions.
4:45 Ellen Sousa. The Green Garden -Guide to natural-style, earth-friendly gardening in New England. Learn how to work with nature to create gardens brimming with health and sheltering birds, pollinators and other declining wildlife.
5:30 Deborah A. Locke. Mr. Bull and the Amazing Grape - The beautifully illustrated picture book is written for children ages 4 through 8 and tells the story of Ephraim Wales Bull, a hard-working farmer who resided in Concord during the 19th century. He was “The Father of the Concord Grape”, a hardy and delicious blue-black grape that won a gold medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1853.
6:15 Suzie Hearl Canale. “The Beantown Tales” - A collection of children’s books which educate readers about important issues concerning the three main elements of the earth; the environment, humanitarian kindness and endangered animal preservation. The award winning series is geared towards children from 3 to 9.
7:00 Margaret Muckenhoupt. Boston Gardens and Green Spaces. A portable illustrated guidebook to the best Boston area parks and landscape architecture.
About the Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees opens on Friday, November 23 and runs through Saturday, December 8. The Festival is open on Friday, November 23rd and all weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. General Admission is $8.00 and children under 12 are free. Children ages 14 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please go to www.masshort.org/Festival-of-Trees.