Roslindale Green & Clean is proud to host the 2023 Roslindale Garden Tour, Garden Oasis, on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 11am to 4pm. This year’s tour is dedicated to the memory of Robert O’Hara, a friend of Roslindale Green & Clean and an avid Roslindale gardener. Featured will be eight private ornamental gardens reflecting a range of design styles. Come join other garden lovers to appreciate the creative efforts of the gardeners, some with challenging sites, which will give you inspiration for your own green pursuits.
Tickets can be purchased online through Paypal at roslindalegreenandclean.org starting in mid May, and in person at Joanne Rossman–Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible, 6 Birch St. in Roslindale. They will also be available at the RG&C Roslindale Farmers Market booth on June 17 and 24 (9am-1:30pm). Tickets are $15 before June 15th and $20 from June 15th to the 24th. Children 16 and under enter free with a paying adult.
Please take your receipt for the ticket purchase to the Roslindale Green & Clean booth that will be at the Birch Street location of the Farmers Market on tour day, June 24 starting at 9 AM, to exchange it for the actual ticket which doubles as an informational program and map to the gardens.
With substantial help from volunteer Boston University students, using bark mulch provided by the City of Boston, Roslindale Green & Clean applied a layer of mulch to Adams Park, Taft Hill Green Space, Savage Mini-Park, and other areas in Roslindale Village on Friday, September 2.
What a wonderful start to the Labor Day weekend! Thanks to all who helped us enter the fall season by creating more visually pleasing spaces as well as suppressing weeds and retaining moisture with a layer of organic material.
Roslindale Green & Clean would like to thank you for supporting us through our annual plant sale. We made over $2,000, which was an all-time record for us. Special thanks to all our friends who donated wonderful plant material for us to sell. We couldn’t do it without you!
RG&C’s 2019 Garden Tour was a tremendous success – our most successful garden tour to date.
Thanks to the garden owners who were willing to share their gardens with all of us, the volunteers who made the tour possible through their hard work, the sponsors who supported the tour, and, without any question, the many, many people who took advantage of great weather and beautiful gardens and went on the tour.
It was a privilege to be welcomed into the private backyard spaces on the tour, spaces we likely would never see without such an event.
Thank you all for your efforts on behalf of Roslindale Green & Clean.
Saturday, June 8, might have been the premier Roslindale Green & Clean Plant Sale in a long line of successful endeavors. They say you shouldn’t toy with success, but we did, and the results were wonderful. This year’s Plant Sale moved from Adams Park and the Farmers’ Market to the homes (and lovely gardens) of board members Jeff and Diane. It was, in fact, Diane who first suggested the “Home Driveway” Plant Sale last year, after we moved (literally) hundreds of potted plants and accessories from their holding driveways to the 2018 Farmers’ Market Sale.
This year, we had a dedicated driveway to showcase shade lovers, and two houses away, another for sun loving plants. Attendees hurried back and forth, stowing purchases in the their cars, shopping bags, strollers, or bike baskets. Selections ranged from the unusual to the stalwarts-sweet, miniature hostas to prize dahlia cultivars, catmint in bloom and a stunning, double yellow peony that was snapped up almost before it was tagged for sale. Indeed, buyers came before the official 10am opening, and as much as we tried to delay them, we fully understood the drive to obtain more plants. So, we did let folks in around 9:45am and by 11:15, we had sold 70% of our offerings.
Our board members staffed the Sale, offering advice about planting, plant habits and plant descriptions. The only thing left for buyers to do (after paying) was go home and begin to plant, adding to existing garden spaces or creating something totally new with the excellent buys from our Sale.
We thank all who came, enjoyed, and purchased. A bigger thank you to the people who brought us plants from their own gardens to contribute to the Sale. As always, the proceeds will go to improving our community’s green spaces.
And in a fine example of a neighborhood symbiosis of charitable works, Becky Paysnick and her two daughters, Amaya (7) and Zuri (almost 3), ran a lemonade stand in conjunction with the plant sale. They made around $19 – all of which is being donated to the Roslindale Food Pantry.
We’re in the last throes of winter so we need some inspiration to remind us spring is on the way. To that end, Roslindale Green & Clean is hosting an Armchair Gardening presentation on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Roslindale House (120 Poplar Street). This breath of spring or summer near the end of winter takes us on a tour of the du Pont gardens of Delaware and Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania – Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Nemours, Mt. Cuba, and Eleutherian Mills.
With our 2018 gardening efforts finishing up, we’ve started work on our major 2019 effort – a new Roslindale Garden Tour.
The 2019 tour will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019. It will feature six exceptional gardens in several neighborhoods of Roslindale.
We need volunteers to help with the tour, with tasks ranging from helping with winter/spring publicity, selling tickets at the Farmer’s Market in the weeks before the tour, and to working on Tour day to take tickets at the Tour gardens.
As our 2018 planting season winds down, we’ll be planting bulbs at both Adams Park and Alexander the Great Park. Join us at Adams Park on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 10:00 am for this final bit of gardening.
Anyone who can knows, or can figure out, how to dig a hole with a trowel, drop a bulb in the hole, and then cover the hole back over can help with this work so feel free to join us.
We’re still working on the end-of-summer garden chores necessary to the healthy overwintering of our green spaces. On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, we’ll do weeding and deadheading at Savage Mini-park and on the slope of the Roslindale Village Commuter Rail Station facing Belgrade Avenue.
We welcome anyone who wants to lend a hand in grooming these spaces for the winter.