To donate online, click here. If you donate by check, you may send it to Gardens for Charlestown, PO Box 290044, Charlestown, MA 02129. New this year: Make a contribution of $100 or more, and receive your choice of tote bag, t-shirt, or ball cap as our gift to you. Just let us know your preference when you donate.
Whether you are a current gardener or a friend who visited the Gardens, I am sure you will agree it was a beautiful garden season. Both for vegetables and flowers, the rain was near perfect, and the sunny days magnificent. Harvests seemed to be better than ever and the common space and borders were stunning. While the weather was in our favor this summer, the common areas were also tended by a dedicated group of member gardeners. On behalf of the Board, thank you all for the work you do. And to all of you that have supported the gardens by making donations or attending our events, thank you as well.
Through your help, and our fundraising efforts this year, we embarked on two overdue infrastructure projects. Significant tree work was accomplished in October that included raising the canopy of numerous trees surrounding the patio, cleaning out dead branches throughout the garden, much needed pruning as well as removing the blight ridden crabapple. We have also replaced numerous rotted timbers surrounding the plots and topped off others to create a barrier to the walkway stones. These two projects would not have been possible without your financial support throughout the year.
Just like home, there is still lots to do. In 2020 we hope to edge the toolshed with cobbles to provide a safety barrier to the shed, look at options for reducing costs in the greenhouse and address the buildup of soil around the Charles Street fencing. Replacing the crabapple with another flowering tree to complement our Bunker Hill Street border is also on the list. These items are critical, and not without cost.
And it is with that thought I am writing today. Your continued support of the Gardens for Charlestown allows us to be affordable to our members, helps us meet our operating budget and affords us the opportunity to keep the Gardens for Charlestown in good working order so it can be enjoyed by gardeners, neighbors and the general public. If you have participated in this annual appeal before, a sincere thank you. The impact of your donation will be felt by, not only the Gardens for Charlestown members, but also the greater Charlestown community.
President, Gardens for Charlestown
Established in 1978 and maintained through the hard work of our members, Gardens for Charlestown exists to promote green space preservation, community pride, and educational opportunities in our neighborhood.
Gardens for Charlestown is a 501(c)(3) organization. To learn how to support our work or join, email us.
Halloween Event Draws Big Crowd on Gorgeous Day
Pony rides, face painting, delicious baked goods, and more--all on a spectacular Autumn Day. This year's Halloween in the Garden, on Saturday, October 26, was a success by all measures. Congratulations to Evie Scoville who was this year's lead organizer and to her merry band of volunteers who swarmed the Gardens starting early in the morning to set-up, throughout the day coordinating the many activities, and right to the end when it was time to clean-up. An event like this helps fulfill the Gardens mission to create opportunities for community gathering, while the proceeds of the event help to advance the goal of greenspace preservation in Charlestown. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, treasure, and talent. And if you have any precicious pictures from the day that you'd like to share here, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll add them to the gallery.