New Garden Opens at Emerald Necklace Parkfest – The Huntington News

Last Saturday, the first-ever Emerald Necklace Parkfest It features seven parks around Boston with free games, shows and more. of Protection of the emerald necklaceThe nonprofit governing body that maintains the parks hosted the event in the 5.5-mile park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in celebration of his 200th birthday.

Karen Mauney-Brodeck, president of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, said events took place in the parks throughout the afternoon.

“This is the first time we’ve had events at every site at the same time, so we’re excited to see everyone come out,” Mauney-Brodek said.

An event occurred in Fenway Victory Gardens The back bay fence. In the shade near the garden’s entrance, people and bees cheered as the pollinator garden opened to the public. Years of planning, building and planting finally brought the garden to fruition.

“It’s a wonderful addition to the garden. We are seeing the fruits of a lot of work,” said Fenway Garden Community President Pamela Jorgensen.

Jorgensen of the Boston Planning and Development Agency has coordinated the effort to build the pollinator since 2018. Awarded by the Fenway Garden Association A gift to the public.

“It’s a great idea to have this oasis in the middle of the city,” Jorgensen said. “Everyone has their own little space to make their own backyard.”

Parks and gardeners who spoke to the News emphasized the importance of limited green space in a city as dense as Boston. Many people living in Boston have no yards on their homes and turn to parks for a touch of nature.

“The most exciting thing is when it passes. [the gardens] Adam Jaffe, a hobby gardener with a plot in the garden, said. It’s just all kinds of people doing what they love.

The event wasn’t limited to the Back Bay Fens – Charlesgate hosted a hip-hop-themed event. Bridgeside Cipher, Jamaica Pond Park hosts cyanotype photography prints and a drag queen story hour, and Franklin Park hosts art, puppetry, opera and parades. The rest of the parks are packed with activities for travelers to enjoy.

“[We’re celebrating] Bicentennial of Olmsted’s birth,” Mauney-Brodek said. “He said that parks are places where everyone can be seen coming together. He knew that the work done to create these places was related to democracy,” he said.

Several members of the Fenway Garden community spoke to Bostonians about connecting in parks — for Parkfest and year-round.

“We have 475 gardens and we are a community,” said Meredith Babin, treasurer of the Fenway Garden Association.

“Our oldest gardener is now almost 104 years old,” said Susan Willow, chair of the Horticultural Society’s tree committee. We have gardeners here in their 90s. It’s a wonderful testament to what gardening and being in nature can do.

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