Here are the latest Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes:

Murder mystery

The Footlight Club will continue its 2018-19 season with a production of the drama “Blood Relations” by Sharon Pollock at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, from Feb. 2 to 16 at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

This psychological murder mystery is based on historical fact and speculation surrounding the life of Lizzie Borden and the murders of her father and stepmother, crimes with which Borden was charged.

Following the performance on Feb. 8, the audience can join fellow fans of the podcast “My Favorite Murder” and other true crime enthusiasts for a talk back with the director, cast members and author Kailey Tedesco. Her second full-length collection “Lizzie, Speak,” recently won White Stag Publishing’s poetry contest.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-524-3200.

Botanical artist on display

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying the artwork of Regina Gardner Milan in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 and 3.

Milan spent a year of discovery at the arboretum and captured the botanical jewels of each season – early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves – in her exquisite paintings. Nature holds an allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The arboretum’s exhibition magnifies nature’s productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seedpod.

Milan received a Certificate of Botanical Illustration with distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, where she also received the President’s Award. She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout the U.S. and the world.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to for further information.

Afternoon concert

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will host Ensemble 44 in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3.

The ensemble will present music inspired by Saint Cecilia – Renaissance and Baroque era works, from Lassus to Purcell. The musicians include Kendra Comstock, soprano; Hannah Davidson, viola da gamba; Kathleen McDougald-Lee, harpsichord; Nouri Newman, recorders and flute; Ishmael Stefanov-Wagner, violin; and Chris Talbot, baritone.

A tea service will follow the program and is included in the admission. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

Visit or 617-524-3158 for further details.

English gardens

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Loring-Greenough House will welcome historian Curt DiCamillo with his annual fundraiser, a talk entitled “The English Garden: Perfection on Earth” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the house, 12 South St.

In this lavishly illustrated talk, DiCamillo will discuss the development of the English landscape tradition and demonstrate why the English garden has often been called Britain’s single most important contribution to world culture. The English garden as it is known today is a designed landscape style that was first developed in early 18th century England as part of the setting surrounding a grand English country house. So successful was this innovation that it quickly spread throughout Europe, becoming the dominant gardening style, replacing the formalized, symmetrical French style of gardening.

With artificially-made lakes, planted groves of trees, mock Gothic ruins and new classical temples and follies, visitors were meant to be transported to the world of an ancient, idealized past.

Following the fascinating talk, attendees can enjoy desserts and wine in the elegant dining room.

Admission is $30. Registration is recommended, as this talk will sell out quickly.

Visit or call 617-524-3158 for further information and to register.

Design for home gardeners

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a workshop on garden designs for home gardeners from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, 13, 27 and March 6 and 13 in the Hunnewell Building

This beginner level class will help students design a layout plan for an area of their yard, learn the organizational components of a coherent garden and practice the process of design with award-winning designer Christie Dustman. This class is about garden spaces rather than specific plant selection. Attendees will be required to draw a base plan for the site (with tutelage in class) and will need to purchase some drawing tools and pay for copying. Other supplies will be provided.

The fee is $150 for members and $188 for non-members.

Call 617-384-5277 or visit to register and for more information.

Introduction to genealogy

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will offer a free, two-part “Introduction to Genealogy” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 13.

The class will include how to get started with researching genealogy at the Boston Public Library and information about genealogy resources available, including, newspapers on microfilm, and city directories.

Registration is required, by calling 617-524-2053, or in person at the Adult Reference Desk.

Poetry readings

The Jamaica Pond Poets will host the Chapter and Verse reading series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

Poets Susan Eisenberg, Aaron Tillman and Dan Lynn Watt will read from their latest works. A reception with refreshments and a chance to chat with the writers will follow. A donation of $5 is requested.

For more details, visit

Classical trio to perform

JP Concerts and Open Theatre Project will present Hat Trick in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at St. John’s Church, corner of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue.

The flute, viola and harp trio will present a live performance of their 2018 Grammy-winning album, “Garden of Joys and Sorrows,” featuring music from four continents by a diverse group of composers including French impressionist master Claude Debussy, leading Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, Seattle-based Uruguayan-American Miguel del Aguila and Russian mystic Sofia Gubaidulina.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors, students and members.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-874-4009.

Photographing winter landscapes

A smartphone photography workshop, “Winter Landscapes Enhanced,” will be held at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 and 23 in the Hunnewell Building.

Professional photographer Nancy Katz will help students capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. She will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from a smartphone camera.

Students will capture images in color and black and white and then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools.

The fee is $65 for members and $84 for non-members.

Call 617-384-5277 or visit for more details and to register.

Traveling tide pools

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Kids can see and touch hermit crabs, snails, clams, oysters, sea stars and more and learn all about these creatures found in local New England waters. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-5195 or visit