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Here in New England, March is the most fickle of months. Though we might see tiny signs of springtime here and there (a tiny crocus bud or birds chirping can send us over the edge with happiness), mostly, March is just an extension of our already too-long winter.

Maybe that’s why so many of us endeavor to bring a bit of spring inside with us. While most of us don’t have access to a grand solarium like that of Doris Duke’s at Rough Point in Newport, pictured in our March calendar, there are other ways to put a bit of spring in our step this month. A pot of daffodils will do wonders for your mood, and a vase of bright-hued tulips can truly brighten a room. For skilled gardeners, terrariums and succulent gardens can satisfy your need to dig in the dirt for at least a few more weeks while that final snow melts.

If you lack a green thumb, but still yearn for spring, head to the Boston Flower Show for some springtime inspiration and winter-relief, or visit the beautiful courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. We also suggest that you pick up copies of Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces and New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens to truly get ready for the coming spring and summer seasons. We promise, spring WILL be here soon!

How to set this image as your Desktop Background

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  • Right-click (or ctrl-click for some Mac users) on the image, and chose the option that says,“Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture”, — the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.
  • If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.
  • Voila! You have a beautiful, seasonal desktop calendar to keep you on track all month long!

About the Union Park Press Calendar Series

When you publish books about arts, history, and culture of Boston and New England, you are bound to see some spectacular photography. It’s our goal to share some of those gorgeous scenes with fellow New England-lovers through our books, our blogPinterest and now through our monthly Union Park Press digital desktop calendar series! We hope you enjoy and return each month for a new beautiful calendar.

Our books are available online through our websiteAmazon or Barnes & Noble; or pick up a copy at your local bookstore. If your favorite shop doesn’t have a book in stock, just ask—they’ll be happy to order it for you!