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Plant of the Week: Boston Ivy


Boston Ivy rippled in the wind on a very blustery day in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The Charles River, which defines the boundary between Boston and Cambridge hosted rowers from around the world this past weekend for the 51st “The Head of the Charles Regatta”.  


The Weld boathouse at Harvard University, on the shore of the Charles, was one of infinite places to view the world renowned event. The head winds were mighty and the crews worked incredibly hard heading up river, but the winds guided and funneled the rowers back downriver with a much appreciated assistance.


The waves on the river had no match for the waves created on the ivy covered walls of the buildings at Harvard. Boston Ivy fluttered and actually seemed glistened in the intense sun off the river, the colors of the seasonally, transitioning Boston Ivy were a blaze, a true “crimson”, the university color.




Boston Ivy will thrive in any soil, the vigorous growing vine will climb on buildings, fences and can also be used as a ground cover.


The thick, waxy leaves shine deep green all summer, and turn from pink to a deep red in the early autumn, the leaves fall off for the winter months, to then reemerge in the early spring on sturdy vines they left behind. The vine will grow in sun or shade, but the more sun the more intense the autumn color will be!





Boston Ivy is a great insulator, it is used on buildings to keep the cost of cooling down during the summer months, then the leaves fall off allowing the sun to penetrate the walls during the winter.



It is also said that the terminology “Ivy League” was originated by a sports columnist reporting on the football competitions against the oldest eastern universities: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, the schools with” ivy covered walls”, (Just one theory). Whatever the origin of the term, the walls of Harvard truly are covered with ivy, Boston Ivy, the beautiful, hardy, glowing, vigorous, vine.


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Posted 2016-10-25T15:20:32+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS Maureen_HD_BOS

Boston Ivy is the iconic esthetic that will be featured in this year’s baseball world series, at the home of the Chicago Cubs, historic Wrigley field.

                                            GO CUBS GO!!!!

Wrigley Field Ground Rule Double. Planted in 1937 the Ivy has a major league rule of its own.  If the ball gets lost in the Ivy, the fielder must raise his arms up.  This signals the umpire that the ball can not be found and is lodged in the Ivy.  If the fielder makes an attempt to retrieve the ball it is not a ground rule double.



Posted 2016-10-25T17:15:39+0000  by Char_HD_CHI

Greeting Char in Chicago,

I have to say if the World Series is not going to be played in front of the “Green Monster” it may as well be played in front of the “Red Dragon”!!!

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You are going to be watching some beautiful, historic baseball!

All the best from Boston….Go Cubs!    Maureen 

Posted 2016-10-25T17:45:25+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS

If you're interested in reading more about the Wrigley Field Ivy, check this out.

Diamond In The Ivy

Posted 2016-10-27T13:35:40+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI
Greetings Angelo,

That is some interesting reading, it is so great to know that plant world was such a big design factor for the re-vamping of Wrigley Field; and I love that it is "Boston" Ivy that climbs the walls of your beloved park!

I will be watching the Cubs, and looking at the Boston Ivy as you guys bring the games home.... truly best of luck to all!   Maureen 
Posted 2016-10-27T18:40:34+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS
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