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Interested in learning about gardening and growing food?  Want to connect with others who are into it, too? Have a look at some of the events happening in the area. If you know of more events, please add them in the discussion!

SATURDAY, September 6, 2014
The Fall 2014 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP, NOON to 2 pm 
a Fayette Park (off Fayette St., across from the former Longfellow School and library, near corner with Broadway) Bring anything that’s growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please write down plant names. Expect perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, houseplants, catalogs, pots, and lots of “whatever.” Nothing to swap? Come anyway—meet other gardeners! Rain date Sunday, Sep.7, 12-2

SUNDAY,September 7, 2014
Sustainable
Belmont Green Garden Tour,  12 to 3. Come visit some of the most sustainable gardens in Belmont and talk with their miracle-workers! You will find everything from hoop-houses to compost know-how; beautiful perennials to delicious annuals…and yes, a bunny tractor! Pick up some new knowledge, commiserate on the dry season and enjoy the day with us. Maps available at the Beech Street Center that day or more info HERE.


SUNDAY,September 7, 2014
Watertown Citizens’Fall Life-Friendly Garden Tour, 1:30 to 5.
This fall will bring the 14th Life-Friendly Garden Tour on Sunday, Formerly known as the Chemical-Free Yard and Garden Tour, this event is co-sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment and Watertown Community Gardens. A chemical-free growing space, however humble, is a welcoming place for beleaguered honey-bees, bumblebees, butterflies, moths and other important pollinators! Click here for more info.

SATURDAY, September 20, 2014
Somerville Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, 9am to 1pm, Davis Sq.  Great stuff, at good prices, and lots of advice.  Always fun. More info here.

 

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A Garden so beautiful you could EAT it!
Edible Landscape Design
Somerville Garden Club Monthly MeetingWednesday, April 9, 7-9 pm
Barbara Emerson will cover the concepts to consider when integrating edible plants in your ornamental garden, or edible flowers into your vegetable garden.Manchester, MA, home.


All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

A Garden so beautiful you could EAT it!

Edible Landscape Design

Somerville Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 9, 7-9 pm

Barbara Emerson will cover the concepts to consider when integrating edible plants in your ornamental garden, or edible flowers into your vegetable garden.Manchester, MA, home.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

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HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO THE SOMERVILLE GARDEN CLUB!
Come celebrate tonight, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 6-9 at their POTLUCK. Festivities at 167 Holland Street in the Senior Room, 2nd floor.  See more details here.

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO THE SOMERVILLE GARDEN CLUB!

Come celebrate tonight, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 6-9 at their POTLUCK. Festivities at 167 Holland Street in the Senior Room, 2nd floor.  See more details here.

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Last harvest of the Somerville City Hall Garden!
One hidden cucumber, about a dozen teeny cherry tomatoes, and many FIERY HOT chilli peppers whose heat can be tolerated only by the toughest of municipal employees.
Props to the team of gardener-employees who gave up their lunch hours to water, harvest and toil over the 32 sf of container garden flanking the City Hall entrance. This chilli pepper is for you!

Last harvest of the Somerville City Hall Garden!

One hidden cucumber, about a dozen teeny cherry tomatoes, and many FIERY HOT chilli peppers whose heat can be tolerated only by the toughest of municipal employees.

Props to the team of gardener-employees who gave up their lunch hours to water, harvest and toil over the 32 sf of container garden flanking the City Hall entrance. This chilli pepper is for you!

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Basil, peppers and eggplant, oh my!

Brandon Wilson, Director of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and City Hall gardener extraordinaire, shows off some of the municipal harvest.  The garden team, consisting of 5 gardeners led by an Urban Ag Ambassador takes turns watering the garden on their lunch hours and learning about container garden growing. The vegetables are added to lunches, split up among employees and talked about constantly by folks entering the building.  Who knew lunch could be so fun?!

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SOMERVILLE GARDEN CLUB is holding their annual house plant and perennial sale in Davis Square.  Come on out,  buy a plant and support the wonderful volunteer and education events they hold.  Learn more about the nearly-20-year old garden club on their website and here.

SOMERVILLE GARDEN CLUB is holding their annual house plant and perennial sale in Davis Square.  Come on out,  buy a plant and support the wonderful volunteer and education events they hold.  Learn more about the nearly-20-year old garden club on their website and here.

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Community gardens in Somerville Massachusetts?   Yeah we’ve got those!

Here are a few pictures of them, and  here’s a map of all of our parks and community gardens.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. BASIL!
Brought to Somerville City Hall by the wonderful container garden outside.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. BASIL!

Brought to Somerville City Hall by the wonderful container garden outside.

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Backyard Havens of the Somerville Garden Club: A Self-Guided Tour
Sunday, June 9, 201311 a.m. – 4 p.m.Rain or shine$15 for a map and guide to 20 gardens
Fact:  Gardens make you happy.  So why not take a Sunday stroll to soak in the beauty in our city’s gardens?  Find out where to get your tickets on the Somerville Garden Club Website and then spend the day enjoying the lovely outdoor spaces that you never knew existed!

Backyard Havens of the Somerville Garden Club: A Self-Guided Tour

Sunday, June 9, 2013
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rain or shine
$15 for a map and guide to 20 gardens

Fact:  Gardens make you happy.  So why not take a Sunday stroll to soak in the beauty in our city’s gardens?  Find out where to get your tickets on the Somerville Garden Club Website and then spend the day enjoying the lovely outdoor spaces that you never knew existed!

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City Hall has a new ambassador…an Urban Ag Ambassador!
Meet Abe Gore. He’s a Somerville resident who just recently completed the City’s first Somerville Urban Ag Ambassador Program.  As part of the community service component, he has become the steward of the City Hall garden.  You know…the garden on the steps of City Hall that we wrote about all last year?  With the cabbage worms?  And all the municipal employees eating healthy produce for lunch?
Abe, like all Somer’villens, is really into food, urban ag and food policy.  In fact, he just concentrated on all that in his graduate studies at the Heller School at Brandeis.  We are thrilled to have a smartypants urban farmer who is as enthusiastic about growing local food in Somerville as we are!  Welcome Abe! (now, don’t anyone tell him about those cabbage worms ;-)

City Hall has a new ambassador…an Urban Ag Ambassador!

Meet Abe Gore. He’s a Somerville resident who just recently completed the City’s first Somerville Urban Ag Ambassador Program.  As part of the community service component, he has become the steward of the City Hall garden.  You know…the garden on the steps of City Hall that we wrote about all last year?  With the cabbage worms?  And all the municipal employees eating healthy produce for lunch?

Abe, like all Somer’villens, is really into food, urban ag and food policy.  In fact, he just concentrated on all that in his graduate studies at the Heller School at Brandeis.  We are thrilled to have a smartypants urban farmer who is as enthusiastic about growing local food in Somerville as we are!  Welcome Abe! (now, don’t anyone tell him about those cabbage worms ;-)

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