Preview: Step Into Spring Event

By: Sarah Burns

It may still be barren outside, but you can get an early eyeful of spring thaw this Friday, April 1, at the Mall at Chestnut Hill’s Step Into Spring Event. Check out planted gardens, sculptures, floral arrangements, and garden settings by local landscape artists, horticulturalists, florists, and gardeners (including Winston Flowers, Earthworks, and Twig Boston), which will be on display in common areas of the mall through May 15.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is sponsoring a VIP party for the unveiling, which will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a drawing demonstration by botanical artist and instructor Mathilde Duffy.

For even more flower power, visit on April 16 for an arts and crafts show for kids, a student fashion show, and a showcase of spring looks by Bloomingdales, Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade.

$35, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-965-3038,, buy tickets here.