Lots going on! I promised to use this list for only two messages a year (for spring and fall plant swaps), so this one message has a lot in it. Please cursor down for info on 10 garden-related events and activities—index just below—and note that not all events are in order by date.
1. Mid-Cambridge Plant Swap, Sat. May 12, 12 to 2.
2. Get Growing festival in Harvard Square (a spring Ag Fair), Sun., May 6, 12 to 6
3. Let’s Grow Somerville, Sat. April 21, 10-2 (2 events)
4. Festival Floralia (Grow Native Massachusetts), Sun. May 6, 2 to 4:30, 159 Brattle St.
5. Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour, Sunday June 10, 10 to 4
6. Fall Plant Swap, Sat, Sep. 8, 12 to 2
7. Harvard Sq. Ag Fair, Sun. Sep. 16, afternoon. Plan now to participate in the fall.
8. Gardeners’ listserv
9. Edibles everywhere in Cambridge/Somerville
10. Other ways to “get your hands dirty”
I’m happy to chat with you about any or all of these items. Please pass on this message.
1. Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP: Note date change
The Spring 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
will be on
Saturday May 12 (not 5)
NOON to 2 pm
Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Saturday, May 19, 12-2
at Fayette Park
(near the corner of Broadway and Fayette St., across from former Longfellow School)
Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please do write down the names of plants. We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever." Feel free to just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening.
Please note that the Plant Swap will happen a week later than usual, because of the next event…
2. GET GROWING festival, Sunday May 6, noon to 6, Palmer St., Harvard Square (part of May Fair). This is a spring version of the Ag Fair that’s been held the last 3 years in September. To inspire people to grow something for the fall fair, we’ve assembled a great collection of skilled people. Come learn about composting, beekeeping, raised beds, green roofs, hydroponics, rain barrels, mushrooms, nutrient density, urban fruit, chickens, rabbits, herbs/good weeds, and much more. Our motto: Anyone can be an urban gardener, even in a tiny space. It’s all free, interactive, fun! Volunteers very welcome.
3. LET’S GROW SOMERVILLE, Urban Ag workshop, Sat. April 21, 10 to 12 at Mudville, 81 Broadway. Talks on urban soil, basics of veg growing, container gardening, joys of local food. And 12 to 2, at 111 South Street, “farm raising” at Somerville’s first farm. More at http://www.somervillema.gov/urbanag
4. FESTIVAL FLORALIA, Sunday May 6, 2 to 4:30, Hooper-Lee-Nichols House
159 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. A fund-raiser for Grow Native Massachusetts, which encourages us to use native plants in our gardens. Great event: info sessions, music, food, native plants for sale. More info: www.grownativemass.org/programs/festivalfloralia
5. SECRET GARDENS OF CAMBRIDGE, Sunday, June 10, 10 to 4. A couple dozen beautiful Cambridge gardens (most of them new this year) will be open to the public, as a benefit for Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. Tickets ($25) available at all library branches and various stores.
6. FALL PLANT SWAP IN FAYETTE PARK, Sat., Sep. 8, 12 to 2, rain date Sep. 9.
7. THE FOURTH ANNUAL URBAN AG FAIR IN HARVARD SQUARE Sun. Sep. 16 at Winthrop St./Winthrop Park, probably 11 to 4. A celebration of urban gardens and growers, and their produce. Prizes for produce, baked goods, preserves/pickles, etc. Plant something now that you can enter in September! We’ll also have growing-related info like that at Get Growing, the spring Ag Fair on May 6.
8. MID-CAMBRIDGE GARDENERS’ LISTSERV is a way to keep swapping all year, ask for gardening advice, hear about resources & events. To join, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidCambridgeGardeners/ Then click on the blue “Join this group” button and follow the instructions. I can then “approve” you and you’ll be on. No Yahoo account? Just email me and I’ll send you an invitation.
9. EDIBLES EVERYWHERE IN CAMBRIDGE/SOMERVILLE. A small group of us have been exploring ways to get fruit, herbs, veggies growing all over the city, inspired by the town of Todmorden in England. http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/ If you’re interested, contact me.
10. GARDEN SHARING/OTHER WAYS TO GARDEN. I’ve been developing a list of options for those who don’t have land but want to work the earth somehow: public weeding/planting projects, projects with kids, sharing a garden with neighbors, etc., etc. Lots of options out there! Happy to send you a copy—just ask me.
That’s it… Feel free to pass this on, and let me know if you want me to take you off the list, change an email address, add a friend, etc. Helen