With your generous support, in 2021 we were able to further our mission in a way that not only engaged our Membership, but was beneficial to our entire neighborhood. Some highlights included:
2021 - Another Great Season!
The addition of our Kids' exploration plot, where kids can see, touch, and smell herbs as they grow.
The biannual Garden Tour of Historic Charlestown, featuring beautiful gardens throughout the neighborhood.
Our first ever Weatherfest! in June 2021 to celebrate the installation of our new weather station on top of the big shed.
Halloween in the Gardens, which had our biggest turnout ever!
On October 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., we celebrated Halloween in the Gardens with all of our neighborhood witches and gouls. It was a brisk, but bright day made even brighter by the many smiles that could be seen shining in every corner of our beautiful green space. Thank you to all of our volunteers as well as all of those who came out to support the neighborhood and Gardens for Charlestown! Enjoy the below photos from the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge.
Halloween in the Gardens 2021
July 24, 2021
On Saturday, July 24, the Gardens held its first ever Weatherfest! We celebrated the addition of our new weather station with help from Charlestown's own weatherman, Eric Fisher from WBZ-TV. Our event was spotlighted in the Patriot Bridge and was a fun way for families to gather and learn some new weather fun facts while enjoying the beauty of the Gardens!
2021 Garden Tour of Historic Charlestown & Raffle
June 19, 2021
The 2021 Garden Tour of Historic Charlestown was a triumph! Nearly 300 people attended the self-guided tour, catching a rare glimpse of some of the most charming outdoor spaces in the neighborhood. Attendees remarked:
"This was my first time on the tour and it was a really wonderful way to see a side of Charlestown I had not seen before. I enjoyed it immensely."
"Thank you! The tour was lovely on a nice day to be enjoying the fresh air, gracious hosts and also supporting the work of your organization."
"This is such a great way to get to know Charlestown and know your neighbors and give them kudos for keeping Charlestown beautiful."
The Gardens also raised funds by raffling off several prizes graciously donated by our friends and neighbors. Thank you to everyone for supporting this even and we're looking forward to the next Garden Tour in 2023!
Fall in the Gardens
September & October 2020
Cooler days and nights are settling in. We are raking leaves, enjoying everything pumpkin, and putting our gardens to bed for the season. Because of the hard work of our members, the Gardens remain a welcome green space for adults and children of all ages as we herald in the end of this year.
Garden Scavenger Hunt
Do your little ones love identifying the herbs, vegetables, and flowers that are growing? Have you spotted one of our fury friends? See how many different things you can spy with your little eye.
Gardens for Charlestown announced a self-directed scavenger hunt in July 2020. Members and visitors were invited to print out a copy of our hunt page by clicking the image to the right. Copies were also provided in our latticed shed that is open to the public.
Thanks to all who participated in our fun! We hope you had a good time learning about what we have in our garden!
The flower that has marked the month of June has been the PEONY. These puffs of petals have come to have many different meanings--from romance and prosperity to royalty and honor. The Chinese name for peony even translates to "most beautiful. We hope that you have been able to enjoy some of these fragrant blooms during your visits these last few weeks. While there have been many things that we have not been able to predict in 2020, the peonies in our garden our a reminder of the constant beauty of our little corner of the world.
Each summer our urban farmers are hard at work cultivating a variety of vegetables. You can find tomatoes, zucchini, squash, okra, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, onions, garlic, and more. Here are a few photos of just a few things you might find on your next visit.
Baby Bunnies in the Garden
This spring we welcomed a family of baby bunnies that one of our gardeners found nesting in his plot. While we try to keep these fury friends at bay during the season, their adorable little faces have been a welcome site to gardeners and visitors alike. Even though the bunnies left their nest when they opened their eyes and had full fur, they can be spotted hopping around throughout the garden. In fact, they have become quite the local attraction for families looking for some fresh air and a respite from quarantining.