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Art & Design in the Community Gardens

Art and Design Community Gardens

Urban gardens are sanctuaries of green among the hustle and bustle of city life. This year, thanks to TD Bank, and with the City of Boston, The Trustees is launching a new summer event series, Art & Design in the Gardens, focused on infusing design, art, community building, and playfulness into three  Boston community gardens: Nightingale Community Garden in Dorchester, Chilcott & Granada Community Garden in Jamaica Plain, and the Fenway Victory Gardens.  From July to October, each garden will host an installation designed specifically for the site, along with special events inviting interaction among the creative pieces, the artist, and members of the community. The installations will support programs like story-telling events, community conversations, community dinners, live performances, and interactive play. TD Bank's support will also make skill- and community-building programs at several other Trustees gardens possible this season. We’re sure one these special gardens will become your new oasis.

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Programs at Art & Design Garden Sites

Yoga in the Garden
Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park Street, Dorchester
3rd Tuesdays: June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18 | 6:30-7:30PM
Join Theresa Okokon of Legit Yoga for a free gentle yoga class. All levels & ages welcome. Mats are provided; BYO water bottle & dress comfortably.
 
Skip the Small Talk
Thursday, July 19 | 7-9PM
Chilcott & Granada Community Garden | 25 Granada Park, JP
Spend an evening talking to strangers about the things you care about! Skip the Small talk will use their signature structure and conversation cards, both informed by psychology research, to make sure it’s not awkward and that you actually end up talking to people.
 
Garden Spotlight: Nightingale
Saturday, August 4 | 10-11:30AM
Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park St., Dorchester
Meet skilled community gardeners and learn about what and how they're growing! At Nightingale, learn how warm-weather crops like turmeric, ginger, callaloo, pigeon peas, okra and sweet potatoes can thrive in Boston.
 
Sukkot in the City Potluck
Sunday, September 23 | 4-7PM
Chilcott & Granada Community Garden | 25 Granada Park, JP
Celebrate the start of Sukkot, the biblical harvest holiday with a vegetarian pot-luck and conversation, hosted in partnership with Beantown Jewish Gardens.
 
Nightingale Harvest Potluck
Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park Street, Dorchester
Saturday, October 13 | 12-4PM
Join in an annual tradition celebrating the bounty of Dorchester's largest community garden. Bring a dish to share, and enjoy food preservation demos and family fun. Rain date October 20.

More Skill-Building & Community-Building Programs

Additional Trustees Boston Community Gardens programs funded by TD Bank.
 
Vegetable Gardening 101 
Tuesday, May 15 | 6-7:30pm 
Paul Gore Beecher Streets Community Garden | 105 Paul Gore Street, JP
Whether you're just getting started or have been gardening for years, there's always more to learn! Learn the basics of organic soil care, transplanting, watering, and weeding to get your garden growing right.
 
Yoga in the Garden Series
Mission Hill Community Garden | 750 Parker Street, Mission Hill  
Saturdays May 19, June 9, July 14, August 18 & September 15 | 9-10AM
Join Ellen Wells of Mission Hill Yoga for a free yoga class and find your flow among the flowers! BYO mat and water bottle; dress comfortably. All levels welcome.
 
Know Your Weeds 
Tuesday, June 26 | 6-7:30PM
Paul Gore Beecher Streets Community Garden | 105 Paul Gore Street, JP
Weed ID can help you both control and use these common garden plants! We’ll tour the garden and talk about what we find and how to suppress it or use it for food or medicine.
 
Smart Systems for City Gardens
Wednesday, June 27 | 6-7:30PM
West Springfield Community Garden | 110 West Springfield Street, South End
Learn about systems that can be incorporated into a home or community garden to increase self-sufficiency: a rat-proof composter, a rain barrel, and a small greenhouse for seed starting and season extension.
 
Native Plants for Pollinators 
Saturday, August 11 | 10AM-12PM 
Windermere Community Garden | 9A Windermere Road, Dorchester
Join Dan Jaffe of New England Wild Flower Society for a walk-and-talk. Learn which plants offer the most for beneficial pollinators at all stages of their lives. Dan will focus on plants that can be grown in tight spaces and adverse conditions.
 
Build Healthy Soil
Wednesday, August 22 | 6-7:30
Mission Hill Community Garden | 750 Parker Street, Mission Hill
Prepare your soil this fall for a bountiful garden next season. Learn to use cover crops, mulches, and best practices to increase plant vitality and reduce diseases and pests.
 
Harvest Festival & Plant Sale
Saturday, September 8 | 10-2PM
City Natives | 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan
Find harvest-season fun for the whole family, along with a great selection of cold-hardy seedlings and native plants well-suited to fall planting. Cover crop seed, soil amendments, season extension supplies, and advice will be on hand too!
 
Gardener Spotlight: Berkeley
Saturday, September 15 | 10-11:30AM
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End 
Meet skilled community gardeners and learn about what and how they're growing! At Berkeley, you'll see vertical growing, season extension, and a wide variety of Asian crops like bitter melon, Chinese long bean, and hairy gourd.