The Worcester Street Community Garden (WSCG) recently received the honor of being 2018’s Hall of Fame Garden. We are deeply honored by the Trustees of the Reservations and Mayor Martin J. Walsh for the recognition. We hope to update this page with additional historical memoirs and testimonials over the next season.
WSCG is an enthusiastic gardening community located in Boston’s beautiful South End. Membership consists of a diverse tapestry of individuals and families with a variety of backgrounds and cultures, ages, abilities and experience.
We are one of 56 community gardens throughout the City of Boston owned by the Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit land conservation organization. The Garden has over 130 plots and is volunteer managed, though we coordinate operations with the Trustees, who provide assistance with capital improvements and programming. The Garden was founded in approximately 1980 as a joint project of residents, the ClaremontNeighborhood Association, and the Boston Urban Gardeners. Eventually, the Garden was absorbed into the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust (SELROSLT), and then the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), which was then merged into the Trustees.
Several current members have been with us since the founding in the early 1980s and continue to provide terrific guidance to our newest gardeners. Each season we host approximately four clean-up sessions and three “Garden Gatherings”, a chance for members to meet each other, share tips (and recipes!), and learn new gardening techniques from expert speakers. We truly feel that our Garden is a neighborhood gem, providing a shared space for so many people of different backgrounds — joined only by proximity and a love of gardening — to come together and deepen our sense of belonging and community.
We are located on Worcester Street, between Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street, in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The Garden is open to all Boston residents.