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Community Grown: 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 Ready Commitment 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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Community Grown Launch Party
Monday, July 23 | 6-8PM
Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park Street, Dorchester
Join Mayor Walsh, local artists, gardeners, and representatives from TD Bank and the Trustees for an event celebrating the beginning of "Community Grown: Art & Design in the Gardens." This three-year partnership between the Trustees, TD Bank, and the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics will bring art and community-building to Boston's community gardens. Meet the artists who will create installations and lead programming at this year's garden sites, including Nightingale. Enjoy Caribbean food, music, a dessert potluck, and a speaking program featuring Mayor Walsh, a Nightingale gardener, and Trustees and TD Bank staff.

Artist-led Events at Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park Street, Dorchester

Activate & Celebrate: "Sowing" Stories of "How did you get started as a gardener?"
Saturday, July 14 | 10:30AM-1PM

Cross Pollination: Planting + Poetry
Thursday, July 19 | 5-7PM

Cross Pollination: Shade-Flower Making
Thursday, July 26 | 5-7PM

Cross Pollination: Poetry + Painting
Thursday, August 2 | 5-7PM

Activate & Celebrate: "Weeding" Stories of "Where I came from, we used to grow..."
Saturday, August 4 | 10:30AM-1PM

Activate & Celebrate: "Harvesting" Stories of "How does this garden nourish you?"
Saturday, August 25 | 10:30AM-1PM

Activate & Celebrate and Cross Pollination Garden Potluck + Poetry Reading, and "Composting" Stories of "My challenge this season was..."
Saturday, September 22 | 10:30AM-1PM

Programs at Community Grown: Art & Design in the 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.

Dorchester Food Co-op Pop Up
Thursday, August 8 | 4-7PM
Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park St., Dorchester
Join us for a pop-up market run by the Dorchester Food Co-op. The Dorchester Food Co-op is a grassroots initiative to build a community and worker-owned grocery store that makes healthy food accessible and advances economic opportunity through neighborhood engagement. Come learn about the coop and find wholesome, locally grown and produced food for sale.

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.

Container & Small Space Gardening
Wednesday, April 24, 6-7:30
Berkeley Community Garden | 500 Tremont Street, South End 
Learn to grow more with the space you have! From window boxes to milk crates to raised beds, there are lots of ways to get creative about growing in the city. We'll cover crop varieties and techniques for saving space in both beds and containers, and go over the particulars of setting up and maintaining a low-cost container garden.

Vegetable Gardening 101
Wednesday, May 2 | 6-7:30PM
Windermere Community Garden | 9A Windermere Road, Dorchester
Check out our newest community garden--a work in progress--and learn the basics of planting and maintaining an organic garden. In this free workshop, we'll touch on soil care, seeding, transplanting, watering, and weeding, with some demonstrations and plenty of time for Q&A.

High-Yield Gardening
Wednesday, May 9 | 5:30-7PM
Southwest Corridor Community Farm | 57 Lamartine Street, JP
Want to get the most out of your garden plot or raised bed? Join us for a workshop with hands-on demonstrations and learn how to build your soil and use your space and time wisely. We’ll cover soil fertility, mulching, watering, transplanting, vertical growing, variety selection, and succession planting. Come for the whole time if you can, but drop-ins are welcome too! FREE & open to all.

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. See & share the Facebook event.
 
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. See & share the Facebook event.
 
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. See & share the Facebook event.

Tips, Tricks & Tools for a Tidy Garden
Monday, July 16 | 6-7:30 (date TBC)
Woolson Community Garden | 44 Woolson Street, Mattapan
Learn to identify and control weeds, and meet some of the tools and techniques that make the job easier!

Garden Pest & Disease Walk & Talk
Wednesday, July 25 | 6-7:30PM
Worcester Community Garden | 120 Worcester Street, South End
Learn from plant biology professor and avid gardener Jim Stark how to identify common garden pests and diseases, and how to address them with methods including resistant cultivars, sanitation, and more. See & share the Facebook event.

Preserving Garden Herbs
Joe Ciampa Community Garden | 124 Marginal Street, East Boston
Thursday, August 2 | 6-7:30PM
Learn the best techniques to keep the flavor and nutrition of garden herbs going all year long! We’ll cover freezing and drying along with making herbal vinegar, oil, tea, pesto, and syrup. Enjoy samples and leave with the recipes and knowledge you need for your own kitchen experiments.
 
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.

Composting Together
Date TBD
El Jardin de la Amistad | 403 Dudley Street, Roxbury
Composting is a great way to improve your garden soil and reuse kitchen and garden wastes. Learn the secrets to making high-quality compost in a community garden or at home without attracting pests.