Gardens for Charlestown (GfC) was established in 1977 and incorporated in 1980 as charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit, whose purpose is to promote community pride, gardening, and open green space in Charlestown.
Your tax-deductible gift will ensure that this beautiful greenspace will be here for future generations to enjoy. It will help us continue our Tend and Tell program, which helps local school kids grow in their love of reading, math, and earth science through an experience of gardening. And it will make it possible for us to continue to make our Gardens a place of joyful gathering for the community.
Thank you for your support.
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" Audrey Hepburn
Gardens for Charlestown makes sixty-six individual plots available for use by members in exchange for a modest fee and a volunteer commitment. Its members also work to maintain a stunning border garden, green space, and a handicapped accessible seating area open to the public from dawn to dusk. As such, the Gardens provide an essential buffer zone between the urban hubbub of Sullivan Square and the rest of Charlestown’s residential neighborhood. The organization bears responsibility for the upkeep, safety, and improvements to the property. Without the generous support of people like you, none of this would be possible.
Each year, the Gardens host several events that are open to the public. This past June, a Summer Solstice Stroll brought over a hundred guests for a free evening of music, theater, and art in the Gardens. This was a collaboration between the Gardens for Charlestown, our neighbors at the Working Theater, and the Artists Group of Charlestown. The Dirty Water Brass Band (left) led the crowd from the Stove Factory Gallery on Medford Street toward the Main Street entrance of our Gardens.
Each year, Gardens for Charlestown collaborates with the Harvard-Kent School in a program that endeavors to enhance childrens’ interest in reading and help them explore the elements of earth science and math reflected in gardening. Hundreds of children have been served through the Tend and Tell program managed and staffed by our members and volunteers.
For more information about the Tend and Tell program, see the Outreach section.