During the month of August we will be finding out if our Friends and followers have an ear for music with a “Name that Tune Tuesday!” promotion.
How it works:
Visit our Facebook page on Tuesdays to watch a short video featuring the Berklee College of Music pianist of the week performing at Brewer Fountain Plaza. “Like” the post and message the Friends of the Public Garden Facebook with the title of the song. If you submit the right song by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Boston Common book. Please provide an email address to be contacted if your name is drawn, and please only suggest one song per week.
The winner will be informed no later than 5:00 p.m. the following day. The winner’s name and correct song title will be posted on Facebook.
Each week the contest winner will receive a book about the Boston Common, which provides a wealth of information about America’s first public park, including details on Brewer Fountain Plaza.
Please note that Facebook has no affiliation with this contest.
We were delighted to be joined by 170 Friends at the Rooftop of the Taj Hotel on July 22 for our second annual Summer Party. The event doubled in size from the the previous year and sold out nearly one month earlier. Thank you to our generous event sponsor First Republic Bank, and to old Friends and new who stepped out to celebrate and support the three parks we care for in partnership with the City. Read about the evening in the Boston Herald and visit our Facebook album to view more photos.
Photos: Pierce Harman
Summer has begun which means the outdoor work of the Friends sculpture care program is in swing. Mr. Hale (pictured) in the Public Garden is one of eight pieces conservators are caring for this year as part of the Friends Sculpture Care Program. Another 10 pieces of public art are in the process of being cleaned and maintained. This work is not only necessary, it is also newsworthy. The Boston Globe recently ran a piece about the behind-the-scenes efforts involved in caring for these historic works of art in the article, “They get the gunk off Boston’s outdoor treasures.”
The Friends of the Public Garden is pleased to present:
Puppets on the Common
“The Enchanted Castle and the Royal Park”
Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Children are welcome to join the Friends and Rosalita’s Puppets for a majestic morning of entertainment featuring Fairy Godmother Glitter and Princess Crystal who will be accompanied by their pals Dragon, Wizard, Unicorn and several fairies.
The M. Holt Massey Charitable Trust is sponsoring this show.
Love for our special historic parks inspires many to become members of the Friends of the Public Garden. It was certainly a driving force that prompted Sherley Gardner-Smith, a passionate Master Gardener and lover of nature, to become actively involved in our organization more than ten years ago. For Sherley, however, the other driving force that led to her involvement was a little closer to home. Her husband Fred has been involved with the Friends for many years, and was the first person to introduce her to our work and us.
Anyone who knows Sherley knows of her boundless energy. Happily, we are the beneficiaries of that energy through a number of Friends initiatives that she has become involved with. She has a keen interest in plantings in the parks and is a past member of our Horticulture Committee. In 2014, she became a member of our Communications and Outreach Committee. In that role she volunteered to test a natural science curriculum designed for use in the Public Garden with several local school groups. Children were able to observe natural occurrences and use them as the basis of scientific discovery. It may come as no surprise that this former teacher was attracted to a project that helps students find a new and deeper appreciation for a Garden she loves so much.
Her advocacy for learning continues in what may prove to be her most significant undertaking yet on behalf of the Friends, as co-leader of the newly launched Public Garden Tour Program. Sherley, along with Sidney Kenyon, is overseeing more than a dozen docent volunteers who lead tours of the Public Garden. The pair have spent hours coordinating trainings and implementing the program with the assistance of Friends staff.
We asked Sherley what our parks mean to her, and she said, “Enclosed in the sanctuary of the Public Garden, under the canopy of the magnificent trees, surrounded by the vibrancy of the flower beds, one can contemplate nature with solitary reverence or share in the beauty with fellow citizens.”
We thank Sherley for her many volunteer hours and for taking an active role in sharing her love for our parks with others.
This summer has been hot and very humid, one might even say tropical.The tropical plants in the Public Garden fit right in this year!
Tropical plants have been present in the Public Garden for most of its history. According to the book, the Public Garden Boston published by the Friends in 2000, they were first planted by William Doogue in the late 1800’s. The palms and other plantings were stored in the greenhouses and brought out to be placed in the Victorian-style garden. Doogue’s horticultural displays stayed true to the Victorian style, however not everyone loved the non-native species. Many considered it odd to have such plants in the Boston Public Garden. However, these plants appeared year after year to continue the tradition and to further educate people on plants from around the world. Today, the tropical plants continue to educate and honor a tradition started by Doogue over a century ago. A new executive assistant in the parks department, Josh Altidor, has designed beds that attest and expand this practice. The Boston Globe recently featured Josh in a story about this year’s plantings.
Bob Mulcahy has been working as the Friends Project Manager for the past four years. He came to know the organization through his work as a project manager in the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, where he was employed for five years. As the Friends Project Manager, Bob oversees the direct care of the three parks, including tree pruning, planting, and disease control; turf care; and the organization’s various capital projects such as renovations at Brewer Fountain Plaza and the Boylston Street border of the Garden. His experience working with the City and his love for the parks give Bob a unique perspective on these greenspaces and the people who are involved in their care. Bob works hard to maintain and improve the beautiful, historic green spaces that are so beloved by the city, especially by Bob himself. “These three parks are a direct link to the history of the country and the residents that move through the downtown area,” he says. “To fight for them and beautify them is gratifying and motivating. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is committed to that.” There are many dedicated individuals who work in a variety of stewardship roles to keep the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall in their best condition for all to enjoy. The “Meet the Friends” series was created to showcase these passionate individuals and their significant contributions.