Armchair Garden Tours

Thursday, February 20, 6:30pm
Thursday, March 13, 6:30pm

at the Roslindale Library

Escape the winter cold with our first in a series of slide presentations on gardens nearby and farther away. Beautiful views of gardens will be presented by Roslindale Green & Clean board members. Hear about our upcoming gardening and tree planting projects. Light refreshments. Free.

Get a Tree from RG&C

Application for a Tree

In support of Roslindale Green & Clean’s (RG&C) mission to make Roslindale a greener community, we’re offering you the chance to get a free tree in return for your help and commitment to plant it and care for it in the years to come. Our goal is to plant trees in Roslindale that will be well taken care of and live many years into the future. You don’t need any prior gardening experience, just a willingness to commit to watering the tree regularly, particularly during its first season in the ground.

We’re looking for homeowners, renters, churches, schools, businesses and others who want to plant a tree on their property in a publicly visible place that has the space and sight lines to support a tree intended both to bring pleasure and shade to its owner and to let passers-by enjoy its presence.

Here’s what you need to be eligible to get a free tree from RG&C:

  • Interest in having a tree in your front yard or other location that’s publicly visible.
  • A minimum of 36 square feet (6′ by 6′ square) of ground space.
  • Ability to water weekly for the first spring and summer and as needed after that.
  • A commitment to the care and maintenance of the tree over its life of many years.

Please note that RG&C will not be planting sidewalk trees – the City of Boston handles all sidewalk trees.

If you are willing and able to commit to being a responsible tree owner and RG&C approves your application for a tree, RG&C will:

  1. Provide you with an appropriate tree for your site.
  2. Assist you with planting your tree.
  3. Teach you how to care for and water your tree.

Because we have a limited number of trees to offer at this time, RG&C will select tree sites based on its assessment of which applications will have the greatest benefit to Roslindale as a whole.

Application for a Tree

Roslindale Green & Clean’s “Instant Make-Over” at Roslindale Village Commuter Rail Station

Roslindale Green & Clean’s “Instant Make-Over” of Roslindale Village Site:
Trees and Shrubs Installed with Beautify Boston Grant

On Saturday May 5, Roslindale Green & Clean volunteers and “The Green Dragons” transformed a public space in Roslindale Village in a day of community gardening. Participants removed half dead trees, rangy roses, and weedy grass and replaced them with drought tolerant and attractive trees and low growing shrubs. Mulch was installed to hold soil in place, control weeds and help retain moisture.

Roslindale Green & Clean (RG&C) received a $5,000 Beautify Boston grant from the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department to replant this highly visible green space adjacent to the lower parking lot at the MBTA Roslindale Village Commuter Rail Station. The plants were chosen to provide beautiful fall color as well as spring and summer beauty. The slope is located directly across the street from another RG&C green space, Savage mini-park, located in front of Joanne Rossman Designs and the Emerald Society.

In a unique partnership, RG&C hired “The Green Dragons”, a group of martial arts students from Yang’s Martial Arts Studio, who are raising funds for a trip to China and are making a documentary of their adventure. These energetic young men provided the muscle and enthusiasm to dig the holes, plant dozens of shrubs and 4 ginko trees, and spread 10 yards of mulch after the plantings were installed.

Other project partners included the City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department, and the MBTA. Centre Cuts, located across from the planting site, provided access to their outdoor water spigot which was critical for getting water to the site to irrigate the new plantings. RG&C volunteers who also assisted in the planting day included Gerard O’Connor, Stephen Smith, Joan Linden, Nancy Leask, Brooke Nash, and Maggie Redfern, Sue Pfieffer and Kit Ganshaw.

Landscape architect Nancy Leask, who did the design and plans for the project, said, “Roslindale Green & Clean is proud of this new project and the beautification it brings to this highly visible spot in Roslindale Village.

Ongoing watering this season will help the plants get through their critical first year of life. Residents who are interested in helping to keep the new tree and plants watered this season should contact Roslindale Green & Clean at

Roslindale Green & Clean is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to greening Roslindale’s public spaces. RGC also hosts the bi-annual Roslindale Garden Tour and does neighborhood tree plantings.

We are grateful for coverage of this “instant make-over” by Wicked Local Roslindale and by the Jamaica Plain Gazette.


RG&C 2012 Garden Tour – Postscript

What a great day Saturday, June 23, 2012 turned out to be for the 2012 Roslindale Garden Tour.

We had wonderful weather for the tour, a great turnout of garden enthusiasts interested in seeing how the owners of the selected gardens had turned their gardening goals into reality, musicians in selected gardens enhancing everyone’s enjoyment of the gardens, and volunteers who gave time and energy to making the whole tour possible. We’re lucky to have a community like Roslindale that enables us to share with everyone what a great place we live in.

Here are some photos of the tour to remind you of the great gardens you saw if you took the tour or to whet your appetite for the next Roslindale Garden Tour.

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We want to thank the chair of this year’s tour, Sheryl White, for the enormous time and effort she devoted to making this tour a great success.

We thank all the volunteers who did everything from planning and organizing the tour to helping sell tickets, to willingly acting as greeters at gardens to help keep things moving smoothly, to soliciting sponsors and handling publicity for the tour, and myriad other tasks.

We most gratefully thank the garden owners willing to welcome our guests into their gardens.

We also thank the musicians who performed at selected gardens for the delightful addition their music added to the gardens in which they performed.

Our sponsors provided donations of money and goods which made the tour possible. We hope you’ll remember these sponsors when you are evaluating and purchasing goods or services they offer.

Coming soon at the Roslindale Garden Tour page: photos from the tour.

2012 Roslindale Garden Tour sponsors:

Primary Sponsor:
Christie Dustman & Company Inc., Garden Design & Maintenance

Other Generous Supporters:
Jon Goodhue Design, Architectural Services
Sacred Heart Church, Roslindale
Birch St. House and Garden
Joanne Rossman
Linda Burnett, Realtor
Roche Bros.
Sophia’s Grotto
The Cooperative Bank
Allandale Farm
Whole Foods Market Dedham