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.
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 email@example.com, and we'll add them to the gallery.
Garden Tour Attracts 250+ Guests
New Sign Features New Logo for Gardens
The Gardens' most important fundraiser and community event--The Garden Tour of Historic Charlestown--had over 250 guests exploring the streets of our amazing neighborhood on a brilliant June day. By all measures, the event was an amazing success--bringing neighbors together, introducing Charlestown to visitors from other parts of the state and the country, and helping to cultivate a love for all things green.
Adding to festive the atmosphere, the day began with the installation of the Gardens' brand new sign at the corner of Main and Bunker Hill Streets. Funded by a grant from the City of Boston's Community Preservation Act (CPA), the sign replaces one that had stood on the spot for most of the Gardens' 40 years. Two additional, smaller signs will be erected at the gates on Bunker Hill Street near the theater and Main Street, corner of Charles Street.
The sign also features a new logo for the organization--a unique and easily recogizable brand mark that will be gradually introduced across all of the gardens marketing and communications platforms including this website. Watch for the gradual transformation of our visual identity.
After a day's rest, our event coordinators will be busy at work producing the next gathering for the 2019 season: the ever-popular Lobsta in the Gardens.
Another Sellout Success
In spite of the one day rain postponement, it was a full house (or a full garden) on Friday night, July 19, for this year's Lobsta in the Garden. Ann Hargraves, Toni Pollack, Cindy Colpack, Brent Hayes-Hand, and their merry band of helpers served the meal, while many others pitched in on the set-up and clean-up. Thanks to all of them for making it such a great night. And thanks to all those who bought tickets to the event.
Proceeds from the event after expenses go to the work of the Gardens for Charlestown--preserving this precious bit of greenspace, fostering community, providing educational opportunities. There are lots of places you can go out for lobster at this time of year, but few quite as beautiful as our Gardens, with such awesome dinner companions, and the opportunity to to something great for our neighborhood.