Gardening in the Square – Saturday, July 21, 2018 9:30 AM – 10: 30 AM – Taft Hill Park

It’s time again to work on keeping up our public green spaces.

On Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, we’ll be doing gardening work at Taft Hill Park across from Wallpaper City.

Stop by and help out. You don’t need to know anything about gardening; we’ve got experienced gardeners happy to work with neophytes, experts, and anyone in between willing to pitch in to keep Roslindale green.

Gardening in the Square – Tuesday, June 26, 2018 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Savage Mini-Park

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, we will meet at Savage Mini-Park (on Belgrade Avenue across from the Roslindale Village T Commuter Rail Station) to do our usual gardening work at Savage and at the T Station hillside across from Savage.

We’re delighted to have anyone who wants to get their hands dirty join us to keep these public green spaces looking good.

RG&C Plant Sale – Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Roslindale Farmer’s Market in Adams Park

Back by popular demand! RG&C will hold a plant sale on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 1:30 at the Farmer’s Market in Adams Park.

We’ll be selling plants from our own members’ plant divisions, including perennials, edibles, and shrubs. We’ll probably also have a small selection of garden decorative items.

If you are dividing plants this spring and have some to share with us (no wild orange daylilies, please), please consider potting them up and labeling them for us to sell to benefit our public green spaces. Our customers especially appreciate unusual plant varieties. If you need plastic pots, we can supply them. If you have questions about the sale or about donating plants for it, please email us at

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the sale.

Gardening in the Square – Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Alexander the Great Park, Savage Mini-park, Traffic Islands

Join us for another exciting installment of Gardening in the Square (GitS) 2018 in Roslindale Square!

This time, Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, we’ll be weeding, deadheading and mulching at Alexander the Great Park, Savage Mini-park, and the Traffic Islands at Belgrade Avenue, Corinth Street and Robert Street as part of the City of Boston-sponsored Love Your Block Day.

No past experience is necessary – anyone who wants to lend a hand is welcome. We’ll meet at Alexander the Great Park and go from there.

2018 Armchair Gardening Event – March 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM

RG&C’s second Armchair Gardening talk will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street near Florence Street (Roslindale House is an accessible building).

Jeffrey Chasin and Jennifer Park will talk about gardens in England and Boston as they take us around Kew Gardens near London, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent,and Boston’s Fenway Victory Gardens.

Join RG&C in enjoying the pleasures of plants and gardens as spring begins in 2018.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

2018 Armchair Gardening Event – February 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM

The first of two Armchair Gardening talks will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street near Florence Street (Roslindale House is an accessible building).

Sheryl White will take attendees on a photo tour of Biltmore Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina.

Join RG&C for this opportunity, with spring around the corner, to enjoy the pleasures of plants and gardens.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

(RG&C is also sponsoring a second 2018 Armchair Gardening Event on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm. We’ll post more details right after this first event.)

Taft Hill Park Refreshed

RG&C volunteers worked Saturday, September 16, 2017 to revamp the plantings at Taft Hill Park at the corner of South Street and Taft Hill Terrace across from Wallpaper City.

Joyce Chalfin spearheaded this extensive work. Joyce worked with RG&C board member Diane Carter Duggan to develop a new planting plan for the park and drove out to nurseries in Greater Boston (Mahoney’s Garden Centers in Concord and Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland) to select and transport chosen plants and grasses. Joyce included plans to reuse as many existing plants at the park as possible.

This preliminary effort, including site preparation work done by Joyce and her husband Richard, led up to the work done on Saturday, September 16, 2017 to move existing plants, get the many new plants and grasses into the ground so they’re established before winters bears down on them, and spread a layer of fresh compost over the entire site. Joyce and Richard did yeoman’s work on Saturday, starting earlier than anyone else and finishing later in order to get as much work completed as possible.

Working with Joyce and Richard to make the park refresh possible were several RG&C volunteers including board members Diane Carter Duggan, Joan Linden, Erica Max and Cynthia Walat and volunteers Leah Bellman, Kathleen Kenney and Nancy Leask.

We’re also extremely grateful to Tobin & Tobin, the park’s next door neighbors, for their offer to provide access to water from their property (the City of Boston has no water service to Taft Hill Park nor will it include the park plantings as a location visited by its water truck).

On the subject of watering, we should note that a new planting done at the small plot of land at South Street and Washington Street next to Sergio’s Auto Body owes its survival to the efforts of Jon Goodhue, a local architect, who has been transporting water to the site and watering there regularly, making up for another spot the City will not water. We thank Jon for his willingness to take on this important task.