2019 Roslindale Garden Tour A Great Success

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.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

And thanks again to these sponsors:

Gold Oak Sponsor:
Linda Burnett, Realtor® / Insight Realty Group

Copper Beech Sponsor:
Christie Dustman & Company, Inc.

Joanne Rossman: Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible

Birch Street House & Garden

Centre Cuts Salon & Spa

and our other generous sponsors:

Cheryl Crawford

Green T Coffee Shop

Roche Brothers

Roslindale Ace Hardware

Sacred Heart Parish


West on Centre.

Plant Sale Goes Rogue-local!

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.

Linda Burnett – 2019 Roslindale Garden Tour Sponsor


RG&C is delighted to announce that our 2019 Roslindale Garden Tour has its first sponsor – Linda Burnett.

Linda is a Realtor® with 30 years experience in the the Roslindale, West Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain markets.

She is a long-time Roslindale resident active in and supporting many community organizations.

Linda is easy to get in touch with through her web site or by phone (617-335-2824) or email or on her Facebook page as you can see at her contact page at http://greathomesinboston.com/.

Thank you, Linda, for your continuing support for Roslindale Green & Clean.

Armchair Gardening – 2019 (Wednesday, March 13, 2019) at 7:00 PM

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.

Carter Wilkie will guide the tour.

Admission is free.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us for this event.

Gardening in the Square – Season’s End – Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 10:00 AM to Noon at Adams Park and Alexander the Great Park

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.

CANCELLED (ON ACCOUNT OF EXPECTED FOUL WEATHER) – Gardening in the Square – Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Savage Mini-Park and Environs

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.

Gardening in the Square – Sunday, September 16, 2018 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Taft Hill Park

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.

Anyone willing to help out is always welcome.

Library Garden Going, Going, …

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.

RG&C Members with BU Students Outside Roslindale Branch Library
BU Students at Taft Hill Park

Gardening in the Square [UPDATED 8/30/2018] – Wednesday, September 5, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Lee Hill Road at Washington St. (across from Healy Field)

The next round of gardening work in the Square has changed date and location.

On Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm we will work on the small green space planted at Lee Hill Road and Washington Street across from Healy Field weeding and cleaning up the vinca bed there.

As always, we welcome anyone to join us in keeping green space in Roslindale Square attractive and healthy.