City Natives serves as The Trustees’ native plant nursery and horticultural learning center, for the people of Boston and beyond.
Find a Garden
Download a map of Trustees community gardens in Boston.
Master Urban Gardner
Have you been wondering how to start growing your own food? The Winter Master Urban Gardening (MUG) program is now open for enrollment.
Learn more about volunteering with the community gardens.
Urban green space across Massachusetts – and across the country – is disappearing, and that makes safeguarding the open space we already have critical to the health and well being of our city neighborhoods.
Our 55 community gardens —totaling 15 acres across eight Boston neighborhoods—are tended and cared for by local residents. These oases of green are sources of neighborhood pride that connect people and place. They turn neighbors into friends, strengthen family bonds and traditions, and inspire joy in the shared work of growing fresh, healthy, and delicious food.
From Roxbury to the South End, Dorchester to Back Bay, every one of our community gardens is unique. A garden may be a group of individual plots or common areas cared for by small groups. It may be a vegetable garden or a pocket park. But what every garden shares is passionate people working together to create a thriving neighborhood asset that benefits everyone in the community.
What’s more, our gardens provide healthy sustenance to the families and individuals who tend them, producing an annual crop valued at approximately $650,000 each year.
Our role as caretaker of Boston’s green spaces doesn’t stop with our own gardens, though. We help to coordinate activities related to all of the city’s 176 community gardens, touching more than 15,000 individuals and families.