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.
As we reach the end of summer, we are doing the gardening work required to prepare for late fall and winter. We’ll be weeding and deadheading plants at Taft Hill Park on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (days are getting shorter so our gardening ours change to reflect that). Time allowing, we will do some work at Adams Park across the street as well.
This article by Dan Burden, Blue Zones Director of Innovation and Inspiration, and the nation’s most recognized authority on walkability, bicycle & pedestrian programs, street corridor & intersection design, traffic flow and calming, and road diets, reminds us why we need trees around us.
Renovations at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library, which include eliminating the green spaces outside the library, are scheduled to start this fall. In advance of the destruction of the garden at the library, RG&C wanted to save as many plantings as possible, using them at other parts of the square or setting them aside for future use or sale.
We had the good fortune to have the services of several Boston University students to help with the work of digging up plants and shrubs at the library and, for the items being replanted immediately, lugging them over to Adams Park and Taft Hill Park and then planting them in their new locations.
Thank you to the students who took time from settling into life at BU to help us get this work done.