The Friendly Garden Club supports “Afternoons in the Children’s Garden” Program at Long Hill

Contact Information

Beth O’Grady
Horticulture Educator
Long Hill, Beverly
978.921.1944 (x1825)

Friendly Garden Club

Beverly, MA
July 17, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations, in partnership with the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly, invite you to enjoy the Children’s Garden at Long Hill in Beverly. The garden is open to the public daily for visitation as well as for scheduled garden-themed programs. The garden features areas for kids to put their senses to work, including areas for digging, smelling, tasting and exploring!

This year, the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly has generously supported The Trustees’ weekly summer gardening program – “Afternoons in the Children’s Garden” – with a financial gift. Thanks to the club’s generosity, The Trustees was able to offer a Beverly teen a rewarding summer position to help lead the garden program, create new activities in the children’s garden, and help with the garden maintenance. This summer Jonathan Cohen (19) of Beverly is the Children’s Garden intern and will help welcome more than 200 children and families to the garden, providing them with a fun, hands-on learning experience. From bugs to butterflies, worms to compost, and veggies to eggs, there will be something new to discover each week.

Friendly Garden Club President Jeanne Murdoch contacted The Trustees in February to explore ways to combine each organizations similar goals of connecting children, teens, and adults to gardening. Supporting the Long Hill Children’s Garden education programs was the perfect fit.

Incoming Club President Ellen Todd is confident that “this support can continue to introduce children to gardening, which will bring them joy throughout their lives”. It is the hope of both organizations that the families will be inspired to visit the Children’s Garden throughout the year as well as explore many other local garden treasures like the Lynch Park rose garden in Beverly and Glen Magna in Danvers.

About Afternoons in the Children’s Garden
This drop-in program invites 3–6 year olds and their caregivers to join us for work and play in the Children's Garden. Together we cultivate a love for gardening in our littlest friends – from beetles and butterflies to eggs and veggies, this program is sure to connect kids to the magic world of gardening. This program takes place on Wednesdays from 3:30–5PM at Long Hill. More information can be found at or by calling 978.921.1944 x1825. Long Hill is located at 572 Essex Street, Beverly.

About the Children’s Garden
The garden is in full bloom with a rainbow of flowers. Go on a garden quest, hide in the shady vine covered house, pick cherry tomatoes, or dig in the digging area! The property is open to all, everyday (and FREE!) from sunrise to sunset. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the property on their own or join in one of our educational programs. Make sure to visit the chickens, guinea hens, and our new peacocks while you are here! Long Hill is located at 572 Essex Street, Beverly.

About The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly
The Friendly Garden Club works on many civic projects in the City of Beverly throughout the year and holds many events and fundraisers. The Club plants and maintains the gardens at the Beverly Public Library including the Chris Landman Memorial Garden; the Beverly City Hall Veteran's gardens, window boxes and planters in front of City Hall; the flower beds in front of the Beverly Council on Aging and the public access way garden at Abbott Street overlooking Beverly Harbor. Every week the Garden Club provides fresh flowers for the Beverly Public Library and decorates the historic homes for the Beverly Historical Society's yearly fundraiser. For more information about the club, their annual plant sale, membership, and events, visit their website at

About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust,” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 110 spectacular “reservations” (over 20 of which are on Boston’s north shore) located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more about membership, volunteer, job and other engagement opportunities with The Trustees visit