The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Gardening Season Has Begun

The Parks volunteers had their first work day this week. We had a particularly tough New England winter: prolonged arctic temperatures and lots of snow. The soil on the north sides of the hedges at the Pavilion Garden was still frozen but were we able to do our first spring clean up. There was a minor amount of vole damage this year, probably due to the cold temperatures. It was good to remove the debris of dead leaves and create a clean slate for the emerging bulbs.

Susannah is raking the central path at the Pavilion Garden

Our newest volunteer, Kiki, had her first work day. She had great energy and has even promised to return next week.

Maude and Mollie are expert experienced gardeners. Maude has cleaned this garden for 15 seasons!


  1. 15 seasons and still caring for that same garden? Amazing...almost as much as the ground still frozen in cold spots!

    1. Both are amazing, David. Time goes by fast when you are having fun. I am doing a lecture for a garden club in MA next week on the public/private partnership in our parks I have been reviewing all the photos over the last 15 years which has been rewarding.

  2. I felt so badly for my NE friends this winter. Here in Norcal I had things overwinter that never do..We don't have charming New England villages or warm evenings in summer , so I guess that's the trade-off.

    1. Right now, New England feels cold and wanting for spring but it has been steadily progressing. I do love summer, autumn and winter here.



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