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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!

Garden Mixology
Wednesday, June 28 | 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 29th. 



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


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!



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.



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: Friday, 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. No dogs allowed in garden.

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

 



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! 



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



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.