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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.


Mass Cultural Council

Boston Natural Areas Network – an affiliate of The Trustees that is now part of our Boston Region - was created to preserve and protect urban open green space by encouraging stewardship, and inviting the community to experience a host of interesting and informative programs and events. Join us in one of our many urban landscapes!

Community Bike Repair Clinic
Wednesday, May 31 | 5-7PM
Nightingale Community Garden
Dorchester

Learning to fix your own bike is rewarding, fun, and a great way to save money too! Drop by the garden with your bike and Noah De Amor from Bowdoin Bike School will walk you through some simple repairs so you can get back on the road in no time.



Vegetable Gardening 101
Saturday, June 3 | 10AM-12PM
Eagle Hill Community Garden
East Boston

Whether you're just getting started or have been gardening for years, there's always more to learn. We'll cover the basics of soil care, transplanting, watering, and weeding to get your garden growing right, and answer any questions you have.



Water-Wise Gardening
Wednesday, June 7 | 6-7:30PM
El Jardin de la Amistad
Roxbury

Learn to modify your gardening practices to cope with our increasingly common droughts. We'll cover when and how to water, building your soil for water retention, and mulching. Spanish translation included.



Native Plant Series: Natives for Pollinators
Saturday, June 10 | 10-11:30AM
Minton Stable Community Garden
Jamaica Plain

Join New England Wildflower Society's Dan Jaffe for a pollinator-themed walk at Minton Stable Community Garden and park in JP. Learn which plants offer the most for beneficial pollinators from caterpilars, to bees, to butterflies, to birds. Emphasis will be placed on all stages of the pollinators' life cycles. We will discuss already existing plants as well as brainstorm additional species that could fit in this garden or in your own.

Email mdelima@thetrustees.org or call 617.542.7696 x2115 to sign up.



Garden Mixology
Wednesday, June 14 | 6-8PM
Saint Rose Community Garden
Jamaica Plain

Learn to craft unique cocktails with fresh, local ingredients, and enjoy your drinks with tasty seasonal appetizers in a charming garden. Kevin Martin of Privateer Rum will lead you through concocting three delicious drinks: one shaken, one stirred, and one muddled. Rain date: Thursday, June 15th. 



South End Garden Tour
Saturday, June 17 | 10AM-4PM
South End, Boston
Boston

This year’s South End Garden Tour explores the Eight Streets, Union Park, Old Dover , and SoWa corners of the neighborhood in what the National Register of Historic Places describes as ‘the country’s largest urban Victorian neighborhood in the country.’ The tree-lined streets with iron railings, private gardens, and small green parks are home to many artists, galleries, and eateries.

The tour will begins at The Berkeley Community Garden (corner of Tremont & East Berkeley) and features a robust mix of private backyard gardens, small pocket parks, and some interesting green spaces and courtyards in the Union Park, Eight Streets, Old Dover, and SoWa corners of the neighborhood.

Artists will be painting ‘en plain aire' in the gardens this year and the tour will be followed by a reception and sale of their wet works. Admission to the reception and sale is included in the tour admission. 

Yes, we'll start celebrating Father's Day a day early with deals for Dads at the tour! 

Buy your ticket online and save! www.thetrustees.org/segt

(tickets will be held at the Trustees tent at the Berkeley Community Garden entrance) 

Interested in volunteering two hours in exchange for a free ticket to the Tour?

Sign up to volunteer at the Tour

 



Renewal: An Evening of Live Storytelling for the Solstice
Thursday, June 22 | 6-9PM
Symphony Road Community Garden
Boston

Join the PRX Podcast Garage & Trustees for a night of storytelling celebrating the summer solstice at Symphony Road Community Garden.

The evening will begin by meeting your neighbors with mingling and guided storytelling, followed by a live performance of personal stories on the theme of “Renewal." BYO picnic dinner with wine & beer for sale. FREE and open to all.

Email info@podcastgarage.org if you'd like to tell a story.

Rain date: June 29.



Milton Music Festival
Saturday, June 24 | 3-11PM

Milton

Celebrate Independence Day at the beautiful Governor Hutchinson's Field! Join Trustees at this awesome annual event run by We Are Milton. Enjoy a great lineup of bands, an array of local vendors, and fireworks starting around 10pm!



Milton Music Fest: Celtic Sunday
Sunday, June 25 | 11:30AM-8PM

Milton

Continue the musical celebrations with a day devoted to Celtic music new & old! Trustees is happy to host this annual event put on by We Are Milton. With a fantastic lineup of performers, there's something for the whole family!



Garden Meetup
Wednesday, July 12 | 6-7:30PM
Rutland Washington Community Garden
South End, Boston

New this season we will be hosting a series of Wednesday evening get-togethers for gardeners to spend time on both skill building and problem solving. We will start each meeting with a brief skill building section, then spend time on questions from the group regarding any aspect for community gardening –  everything  from basic garden practices to helping your garden organization work more smoothly.  As the season progresses, suggestions from the group will inform the monthly skill building session.

We’ll also offer an online community where questions can be asked and answered in a timely way.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 6 - 7:30PM            West Springfield Community Garden, South End
  • Wednesday, July 12th 6 - 7:30              Rutland Washington Community Garden, South End
  • Wednesday, September 6th 6-7:30PM   Lenox & Kendall Community Garden, Lower Roxbury


Native Plant Series: Natives for Eating
Saturday, July 15 | 10-11:30AM
Minton Stable Community Garden
Jamaica Plain

Tired of having to set aside space for the vegetable garden? Come join Dan Jaffe of New England Wild Flower Society for a walk-and-talk about native edibles. Find plants that can fit into any garden that not only fill your belly but play an active role in the local ecosystem as well as look great! The native flora offers tasty plants for any place in the garden, extra emphasis will be placed on filling those areas not normally thought of as good areas for edibles; shady areas, dry sites and everything in between. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society.



Use & Preserve Herbs
Saturday, July 15 | 1-2:30PM
Symphony Road Community Garden
Boston

The fresh flavors of herbs can brighten your cooking all year long. Join us to learn how to preserve them by drying, freezing, and making herbal vinegars, teas and oils.

We'll tour the garden and get inspired by the herbs growing there, then discuss how best to preserve various herbs while getting hands-on practice. We'll touch on the medicinal benefits, growing preferences, and culinary uses of common garden herbs as well.

Enjoy some samples and leave ready to preserve herbs in your own kitchen!



Local Independents Party
Wednesday, July 19 | 6-8:30PM
Symphony Road Community Garden
Fenway

Looking for a fun, low key way to spend a summer evening? Join Sustainable Business Network, Trustees & some great local, independent producers of food & drink for a garden party! 

The Boston area is home to a thriving community of unique, small-scale food and beverage businesses. Come to Symphony Road Community Garden to get to know some of them and enjoy a local food truck, demos featuring local beverages, lawn games, and live music.

Symphony Road Community Garden is a short walk from the Symphony T-stop on the Green Line. 21+ and registration required. Rain date July 26.



(Wild)Craft Cocktails
Thursday, July 20 | 6:30-8:30PM
Minton Stable Community Garden
Jamaica Plain

Believe it or not, edible native plants aren't just good for ecology--many are great for mixology, too!

Dan Jaffe of the New England Wild Flower Society has perfected cocktail recipes using native edibles that are easy to grow or forage in Massachusetts, like the Pink Monkey, featuring staghorn sumac, and the Monarda Mojito, featuring scarlet bee balm.

Come see how to make those drinks & others, enjoy generous samples, and learn how to source & use a host of cocktail-friendly native species. You'll leave with recipe cards and plenty of inspiration to craft leafy libations on your own!

21+ & registration required. Register soon to reserve your spot!

Rain date: Saturday, July 21



Gardening With Kids
Saturday, July 22 | 10-11AM
Alvah Kittredge Community Garden
Roxbury

All ages are welcome to come share in the joys of digging in the dirt! Your little ones can start seeds to take home, meet our composting worms, and learn tips from other gardening families.

Gardening is a great way to encourage your kids to eat healhier food, care about the environment, and learn about science. Plus, it's fun!



Sounds of the Garden Concert
Thursday, July 27 | 6-7PM
Rutland Washington Community Garden
Boston

The Rutland Washington Community Garden will open its gate to visitors. Come early and explore the garden. We’ll have light refreshments, information about community gardening in Boston, and a mini-concert featuring local musicians. Come enjoy the garden with your neighbors and friends.



Open Garden Afternoon
Thursday, July 27 | 4-7PM
Rutland Washington Community Garden
Boston

Rutland Wasaington Community Garden will open its gate to visitors. Come see explore the garden, meet gardeners, learn more about their plans for the season, share gardening tips, and get inspired. We’ll have light refreshments, information about signing up for a plot, and a mini-concert featuring local musicians. Come enjoy the garden with your neighbors and friends.



Herbs for Food & Medicine
Saturday, August 5 | 10AM-12Noon
St. Rose Community Garden
Jamaica Plain

Many common garden herbs can be used for making both tasty food and healing medicine! Join us in a tucked away community garden to learn tips on how to grow and prepare herbs to experience their healing benefits in both food and medicine. Take a tour of the garden and learn about growing annual and perennial herbs, then sample some preparations and learn to make them at home.



Cover Crops for Small Gardens
Thursday, August 10 | 6-8PM

Mattapan

Cover crops add organic matter to your soil, retain water, and support microbial life. USDA agronomist and experienced gardener Tom Akin will teach you how to incorporate cover crops without losing valuable time and space in the growing season. With NOFA/Mass & Groundwork Somerville.



Roots: A Night of Live Storytelling in the Garden
Wednesday, August 16 | 6-9PM
Berkeley Community Garden
South End

Join PRX Podcast Garage & Trustees for a night of live storytelling in the iconic Berkeley Community Garden.

The evening will begin by meeting your neighbors with mingling and guided storytelling, followed by a live performance of personal stories on the theme of “Roots."  BYO picnic dinner with snacks available for sale. FREE and open to all.

Email info@podcastgarage.org if you'd like to tell a story

Rain date: August 17, 6-9pm



Native Plant Series: Natives for Every Landscape
Saturday, August 19 | 10-11:30AM
Minton Stable Community Garden
Jamaica Plain

Ever look at a spot in the landscape and think "noting will grow here"? Come join Dan Jaffe at Minton Stable Garden in JP to discuss native species that will grow in any landscape. From dry, acidic shade, to dry, sandy, full sun spots, we'll cover plants that could help to fill your problem areas. You name the nasty spot and we'll give you a list of plants that will not only grow there but will play an active role in the ecosystem (as well as being beautiful to behold!)



Garden Meetup
Wednesday, September 6 | 6-7:30PM
Lenox & Kendall Community Garden
Roxbury

New this season we will be hosting a series of Wednesday evening get-togethers for gardeners to spend time on both skill building and problem solving. We will start each meeting with a brief skill building section, then spend time on questions from the group regarding any aspect for community gardening –  everything  from basic garden practices to helping your garden organization work more smoothly.  As the season progresses, suggestions from the group will inform the monthly skill building session.

We’ll also offer an online community where questions can be asked and answered in a timely way.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 6 - 7:30PM            West Springfield Community Garden, South End
  • Wednesday, July 12th 6 - 7:30              Rutland Washington Community Garden, South End
  • Wednesday, September 6th 6-7:30PM   Lenox & Kendall Community Garden, Lower Roxbury


Garden Meetup
Wednesday, September 6 | 6-7:30PM
Lenox & Kendall Community Garden
Roxbury

Share tricks of the trade with other community gardeners and Trustees staff at our get-together. Get all of your gardening and organizing questions answered!



Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 9 | 10AM-2PM

Mattapan

Early September is the perfect time to get native perennials, trees & shrubs and cold hardy vegetable seedlings in the ground. Find top-notch plants organically grown right here at City Natives, along with cover crop seed, season extension supplies, soil amendments, and great advice. Check back for a full plant list.



Boston Agricultural Exposition
Sunday, September 10 | 10AM-4PM
Haley House Bakery Cafe (outside)
Roxbury

Join us for the second annual Boston Agricultural Exposition. The Expo is a day of agricultural exhibits,live  animals, urban homesteading information, hands-on activities,  farmers market, and old time games and contests. A great family outing with games and activities for kids of all ages. Be sure not to miss the pie eating contests and the zucchini races! We are once again we are partnering with Agricultural Hall and the Haley House on this seasonal celebration.



Preserving the Harvest
Saturday, September 16 | 10AM-12PM
Symphony Road Community Garden
Boston

Fermentation, canning, and quick pickling are great ways to hold on to the bounty of summer. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to do all three. You'll enjoy samples and leave with the recipes and knowledge to safely make your own preserves out of a variety of seasonal ingredients.



SBN's Boston Local Food Festival
Sunday, September 17 | 11AM-5PM
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston

Goats on the greenway!

For one spectacular day each year, Sustainable Business Network transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation's largest local & sustainable food hub! Learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. 

Join Trustees in the Family Fun Zone for farm-based fun & games: milk our goats, meet our composting worms, and try your hand at veggie-based crafts! 



Sounds of the Garden Concert
Thursday, September 21 | 6-7PM
Lenox & Kendall Community Garden
Boston

The Lenox & Kendall Community Garden will open its gate to visitors. Come early and explore the garden. We’ll have light refreshments, information about community gardening in Boston, and a mini-concert featuring local musicians. Come enjoy the garden with your neighbors and friends.



Open Garden Afternoon
Thursday, September 21 | 4-7PM
Lenox & Kendall Community Garden
Boston

THe Lenox & Kendall Community Garden will open its gate to visitors. Come tour the garden, meet gardeners, learn more about their plans for the season, share gardening tips, and get inspired. We’ll have light refreshments, information about signing up for a plot, and a mini-concert featuring local musicians. Come enjoy the weather with your neighbors and friends