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30 On A Rock

DSCN3733One week ago, over 30 neighbors planted and mulched 600 flowers and dug two beds for benches. What an enthusiastic group of supporters! Thank you for your energy, time, and muscle. The City of Newton has seeded slow-growing, drought-resistant grass, and Santucci Landscapers laid the stones for the benches. Don’t forget about the ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4th at 11 am. Live music and a blue plate special for lunch.

It’s raining grass, hallelujah20160518_085611

Love these guys!

Almost there

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.

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.

Breaking Ground with the City of Newton


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.

How a garden can change your life

searchOn 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 Budscropped-tulippinktoo.jpg