Boston, MA – September 2016 – If exploring the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard may not be in the cards for you this fall, you can still enjoy a little slice of Vineyard heaven when you’re in Boston. The Trustees, the nonprofit conservation organization which operates some of the most beautiful public gardens and designed landscapes in Massachusetts, has brought its magnificent Mytoi Garden, a 14-acre Japanese-inspired landscape located on Chappaquiddick, to you, or at least its urban reinterpretation. The Mytoi pop-up is the second installation in The Trustees’ new initiative to create temporary, outdoor pop-ups in Boston modeled after some of its most popular properties. The Trustees is the world’s first land preservation nonprofit and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization and preserves and cares for 116 scenic, natural and culture sites around the state, which are open to the public year-round. The Trustees also own 55 community gardens in Boston, protecting and caring for our urban green spaces and horticultural treasures while providing food access and gardening education.
“While it is of course ideal to visit and see our properties in their full glory, we hope that Boston residents can take a break out of their day and visit Mytoi, virtually, even for a few minutes,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “As part of our 125th Anniversary year, we see these the pop-ups as a way to inspire more people to get out of the city with family and friends and explore some of our beautifully preserved gardens, beaches, campgrounds, historic homes, farms, hiking trails and more.”
The Mytoi pop-up made its debut on the Harborwalk adjacent to Boston Children’s Museum where The Trustees’ Crane Beach pop-up was on view in early July. Then it headed to the East Boston Greenway near the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library and adjacent to the Bremen Street Community Garden from August 26th through September 18th. Now, you’ll find the pop-up on the Rose Kennedy Greenway near the Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove from September 19th until October 2nd.
“The Greenway is thrilled to partner with The Trustees to provide our park visitors a tiny slice of Martha’s Vineyard without having to take a flight or ferry,” offered Greenway Executive Director Jesse Brackenbury. “We hope many take the opportunity to see Mytoi on The Greenway before visiting the Trustees’ wonderful network of properties throughout the state.”
The 450 square foot interactive Mytoi garden pop-up is designed to encourage visitors to stroll through and experience the elements of a Japanese-inspired landscape, complete with an urban reflecting pool featuring interactive ‘koi’, bamboo groves, a serene spot to take a break – all against the backdrop of the iconic Mytoi bridge. Come visit this installation to share your own reflections and learn more about this dynamic property and the important role Trustees’ gardens play in promoting a deeper appreciation for horticulture, culture and conservation.
The Mytoi pop-up installation was designed by local landscape architect Rob Barella, ASLA, on staff at Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture, Inc. Barella is passionate about the integration of art into the landscape and believes community involvement in development can help foster public engagement and better urban design. Barella is on the ASLA Emerging Professionals Committee and is a recent winner of the Northern Avenue Bridge Competition in Boston. A native of Newport, Rhode Island, he has also been featured in the Newport Flower Show, where his miniature Chinese Scholar entry sparked his interest in the landscapes of Asia.
“We asked Rob to create this pop-up because of his award winning designs which incorporate his love of horticulture, nature, and open space into his urban design work,” says Vidya Tikku, General Manager at The Trustees, Boston. “We hope this pop-up will increase awareness among our visitors of the important role places like Mytoi can play in our lives as sources of rest, meditation and inspiration.”
Free programs have complemented the pop-up at each site, weather permitting, and have included fun and educational hands-on activities, suitable for all ages and drop-in friendly such as Japanese crafts like kokedama (hanging moss ball gardens), koinbori (carp kites), origami and kirigami (folded and cut paper designs), and tanzaku (wishing cards). Others have included painting and drawing activities, building fairy houses and bamboo structures, and more.
Programs at the Rose Kennedy Greenway site will take place Monday through Friday between 3PM and 5PM and Saturdays and Sundays 11AM-2PM September 20 – October 2. Full program details can be found here but a few highlights include a Nature GreenPlay event in collaboration with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy on Saturday, September 24thfrom 11AM-2PM as well as a Meet and Greet with Mytoi pop-up designer Rob Barella on Thursday September 29th from 5PM-7PM near the Greenway Carousel. For more information, contact Michelle de Lima, Engagement Site Manager for the Trustees’ Boston Community Gardens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-542-7696 ext. 2115. To learn about the East Boston Greenway and to support the open space stewardship led by these volunteers, contact Vidya Tikku at The Trustees at email@example.com.
The Trustees invite passersby to walk through, take a selfie, and share their experiences using #MyTrustees. The pop-ups are a part of several new Trustees initiatives designed to share diverse and innovative experiences with visitors and members during the organization’s 125th Anniversary year. As part of the anniversary celebration, The Trustees is also hosting several ticketed and public events, activities, contests, and promotions, including Hike 125, a statewide hiking challenge for Massachusetts residents and visitors looking for ways to enjoy and explore some of the Commonwealth’s most beautiful and scenic sites held in its care. The Trustees are encouraging visitors and members to participate and also share their stories, photos, and videos using #trustees125 when posting to social media channels. To learn more, visit www.thetrustees.org/125.
Press Contact: Kristi Perry | Trustees PR Director |617.542.7696 x2123 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trustees preserves and cares for some of Massachusetts’ most treasured natural, scenic, and historic sites for public use and enjoyment. Founded in 1891 and celebrating our 125th Anniversary in May 2016, we are the world’s first land preservation nonprofit and the Commonwealth’s largest conservation and preservation organization. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable for everyone, forever. Our passion is to connect more people to outdoor recreation, culture, agriculture, and healthy, active living by using our 116 diverse properties, community spaces, and over 4,100 annual programs as a powerful and compelling platform. Located within minutes of every resident and visited by 1.6 million people in 2015, our properties span more than 26,000 acres across the state – from working farms, landscaped and urban gardens, and community parks, to barrier beaches, forests, campgrounds, inns and historic sites, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. In addition to our properties, we are also an active leader in land conservation. We hold conservation restrictions on more than 20,000 acres and have worked with community partners to help protect another 25,000 acres across the state. In 2014 we became a founding partner of the Boston Public Market, the first all locally-sourced indoor market of its kind in the nation where we operate our Appleton Farms vendor booth and serve as the educational programming partner for the Market’s demonstration KITCHEN. Funded by our nearly 125,000 members and supporters, we invite you to get out, get inspired, and find magic in the moment at a Trustees property near you: www.thetrustees.org.