The students of Newton North carpentry instructor, Garrett Tingle, are putting the final touches on two benches for the Forest Avenue Islands. The benches are made of Epay wood, one of the hardest woods on the planet. The benches will last over 75 years and, best of all, no splinters.
Garden Bud, Carol Reichert, with the carpentry team at Newton North.
So much is happening at the Forest Avenue Islands. The City of Newton has installed water pipes, removed dead trees and stumps, and stripped depleted soil. This week, workers will complete the installation of new curbing.
Dana Davis Digs the City’s Excavator
Dana Davis digs the city’s excavator.
During the week of May 9th, you’ll see irrigation installed, loam laid, flowers planted, and mulch spread. By the end of May, two benches will be placed at the site.
We are amazed and grateful that in only four months, we’ve raised $48,000. Our challenge now is to raise $12,000 more to complete the project’s funding. We need $60,000 in total to pay the contractors and nursery for their services and to maintain the plants. You can donate right from this page. So easy.
Historic Homes brings the Newton Garden Buds to $40,000. Only $30,000 to go.
Carol Reichert and Dana Davis thank Conor Chamberlain for a generous donation.
City workers dug up asphalt and eight feet of soil to bring water to the three Forest Avenue islands this week — the first step in preparing to landscape in May.
The Newton Garden Buds, Susan Conkey, Kajal Vicinelli, Dana Davis, Deirdre Heilbron, and Carol Reichert (Sarah Kish not shown), met with city officials, Elaine Gentile, Kim Ritcey (taking photo), and Commissioners Jim McGonagle, and Bob DeRubeis to plan groundbreaking on the Forest Avenue islands in April. The city will supply underground pipes to bring water to the islands, seeding of drought-resistant grass, removal of stumps and dead trees, and materials for two benches. The alliance of public and private interests will make this project happen.
On a fall afternoon, many years ago, a young man in West Newton took the hand of his girlfriend and suggested they go for a walk. They stopped at the island on Chestnut Street and stood next to the bronze sculpture of a small, winged cherub perched atop of mass of calla lilies. While the young woman turned her head to watch the water pour down a calla lily draped over the cherub’s head, the man removed a small box from his jacket.
“Why did you bring me here?” the woman asked, turning back to him.
“I wanted to take you to the most beautiful place in West Newton to give you this,” he said. He opened the box where a lustrous ring sat on red velvet.
Over the years, the garden deteriorated, and vandals damaged the sculpture. Through the work of a group of dedicated volunteers called Friends of the Fountain, the garden and sculpture were restored. In 1995, at the opening ceremony, an elderly man thanked a fountain friend and told him it meant so much that the garden and fountain had been restored. “Many years ago,” the man said, “I was engaged on this island.”
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Newton Garden Buds
Newton North senior, Gabby Vachon, created the Newton Garden Buds’ logo, banner, and posters. Here’s Gabby with her teacher, Tom Donnellan.