Friends of the Public Garden 47th Annual Meeting

It was standing room only at the Friends Annual Meeting on April 12.  After the usual Board business, Executive Director, Liz Vizza gave an inspiring summary of the year’s accomplishments to the attending members. Thanks to the generous donations of the members, the Friends was again able to make over a $1 million investment in the maintenance of the Common, the Garden, and the Mall focusing on trees, turf, and sculpture while also pursuing notable capital improvements.

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45th Annual Meeting of the Friends

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Please join us at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Public Garden.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

5:00 P.M.

First Church in Boston

66 Marlborough Street Boston, MA

Featured Speaker: Chris Cook

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A Conversation with Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook

Reception to follow. Please RSVP by April 1.

For more information, contact us at 617-723-8144 or

Friends Members Meet to discuss the problems faced by Urban Trees

Henry Davis provides valuable Tree-education

Last night at our annual Members Reception, Friends received a valuable Tree-education. Guest speaker Henry Davis, a consulting arborist and great friend, described many of the problems faced by urban trees and what action should be taken to ensure they remain a vital part of the community. Davis spoke about the importance of preserving and protecting the trees and discussed the possibility of finding varieties of trees that are well-suited for urban growth.

Photo slides provided examples of both healthy and unhealthy trees. Pruning, Mr. Davis explained, is vital to the life of a healthy urban tree. Trees in the city are confined by a lack of space and compacted soil, as such their roots do not grow deeply or extensively. Because the root system is restricted the size and height of the tree should also be restricted.

Photos helped illustrate the importance of regular pruning.

Mr. Davis took a few moments of the end of his presentation to answer questions from the crowd. Afterwards guests were invited to stay for a wine and cheese reception. Overall, it was a very successful evening. Thank you everyone who attended! Special thanks to Henry Davis for being such a great advocate of the trees.