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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!

Seed Starting for Biological Systems
Wednesday, March 29 | 6-8PM

Boston

Take your indoor seed starting to the next level. Dan Kittredge, founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, will show you how to use minerals and inoculants to raise strong, healthy seedlings for your garden. Dan will also provide an overview of the systems and principals of growing nutrient-dense crops. This workshop is part of a series on urban soils put on in partnership with Northeast Organic Farming Association/Mass and Groundwork Somerville.



Backyard Chickens for the City Dweller
Saturday, April 22 | 1PM-2:30AM
Starr Lane Park
Jamaica Plain

Love growing your own food? Ever thought you might like to try adding chickens to your garden? Come join “The Chickeness," Khrysti Smyth, of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens and some of her feathered friends for a brief overview of basics like breeds, housing needs and design, health, laws and zoning, and pest management, and a discussion on the logistics of effectively managing a coop in your community garden. Course materials will be provided, and each attendee will receive a signed Certificate of Course Completion. Come find out whether keeping chickens might be a good addition to your garden, your kitchen, and your family's overall health and wellbeing. 

Kids are welcome to join and meet the hens!



No-Till Gardening
Saturday, April 22 | 10-11:30AM
Highland Park Community Garden
Roxbury

No-till methods build healthier soil, stonger communities of beneficial microbes, and stronger plants that are better able to resist pests, drought, and disease. Casey Townsend, farm manager at Natick Community Organic Farm, will take you through the nuts and bolts of no-till: making good compost, bed preparation, solarization, seed application rates, weeding and harvesting.



Garden Meetup
Wednesday, May 3 | 6-7:30PM
West Springfield 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 skill building sessions.

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


DIY Garden Structures
Saturday, May 6 | 10AM-12PM
Starr Lane Park
Jamaica Plain

Why buy composters, trellises, and garden fences when you can build your own? Come learn to make simple, beautful, and functional garden structures with Adam Monroy of HomeHarvest Edible Landscapes and Construction.



Raised Bed Gardening
Sunday, May 7 | 10-11:30AM
Southwest Corridor Community Farm
Jamaica Plain

Raised beds can be simple to build, plant and grow in! Join us as we go over the best design, materials, planting, and maintenance for creating a thriving, productive garden.



Spring Perennial Divide
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30-2:30PM
Southwest Corridor Community Farm
Jamaica Plain

Celebrate the start of the growing season with the Boston Region and fellow gardeners. Bring perennials to share and containers to take home new plants.

Share your favorite plants and discover new ones for this year's garden!



City Natives Plant Sale
Saturday, May 13 | 10AM-2PM

Mattapan

Come to City Natives nursery for all of your spring planting needs and some great planting tips too! Seedlings and mixed herb containers make great Mother's Day gifts!

  • native perennials, shrubs & trees
  • wide selection of organically grown heirloom & hybrid vegetables, herbs & annual flowers
  • medicinal herb seedlings
  • organic fertilizers, soil amendments & cover crops
  • Container Gardening workshop at 11am

 





Container Gardening
Saturday, May 13 | 11AM-12PM

Mattapan

Not enough garden space? Not a problem! Learn to grow an array of vegetables and herbs in containers on your patio, steps, driveway or wherever you can find the space. We'll cover the best containers,(including recycled ones), potting soil, varieties, and care practices. This workshop is during our spring plant sale, where you'll find plenty of seedlings and soil to get you started.



Open Garden Afternoon
Thursday, May 18 | 4-7PM
West Springfiled Community Garden
Boston

West Springfield Community Garden will open its gate to visitors. Come see early season in 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 spring weather with your neighbors and friends.



Sounds of the Garden Concert
Thursday, May 18 | 6-7PM
West Springfield Community Garden
Boston

West Springfield Community Garden will open its gate to visitors. Come early and explore the garden. We’ll have light refreshments, information about signing up for a plot, and a mini-concert featuring local musicians. Come enjoy the spring weather with your neighbors and friends.



South End Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20 | 10AM-2PM
Berkeley Community Garden
Boston

Come to Berkeley Community Garden for all of your spring planting needs and some great planting tips too! All plants and seedlings are grown at City Natives, the Trustees' Boston nursery.

  • native perennials, shrubs & trees
  • wide selection of organically grown heirloom & hybrid vegetables, herbs & annual flowers
  • medicinal herb seedlings
  • organic fertilizers, soil amendments & cover crops

 



Composting Together
Tuesday, May 23 | 6-7:30PM
Eagle Hill Community Garden
East Boston

Learn to make your own black gold! Making compost allows you to recycle waste products into a valuable soil amendment. We'll go over ingredients, methods, and containers for making great compost in your community garden or backyard without creating pest problems.



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.



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 tour is centered on gardens and green spaces in and around the Eight Streets, Union Park, Old Dover, and SOWA neighborhoods. A mix of public and private spaces including  private back yards, front gardens, roof deck gardens, community gardens, and neighborhood 'pocket parks.' Artists will return to 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!

Businesses can support the Tour with an advertisement in the 2017 booklet.

Information regarding advertising rates and specifications, as well as an online purhase option, are available by clicking on the link below.

Information, registration, and payment options for advertisers



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


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.



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


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