Landscape Plant Selection, Planting, and Establishment

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum

1 Session: Saturday, May 4, 1:00–3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Ensuring the long-term health of your landscape starts with healthy plants from the nursery, proper site selection and preparation, and sound planting and establishment. Andrew Gapinski will discuss professional standards and techniques, along with common issues and solutions for both balled-and-burlapped and containerized specimens. He will focus on landscape trees, shrubs, and perennials – ornamental annuals and vegetables will not be covered in this offering. Class will start indoors and then move outdoors to the Dana Greenhouse Nursery. Fee: $30 member, $42 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

The English Garden: Perfection on Earth – An Evening with Curt DiCamillo

In this lavishly illustrated talk, noted historian Curt DiCamillo will discuss the development of the English landscape tradition and demonstrate why the English garden has often been called Britain’s single most important contribution to world culture. Though the earliest English gardens were planted by Roman conquerors in the 1st century AD, the English garden as we know it today is a designed landscape style that was first developed in early 18th century England as part of the setting surrounding a grand English country house. So successful was this English innovation that it quickly spread throughout Europe, becoming the dominant gardening style, replacing the formalized, symmetrical French style of gardening—itself based on Italian Renaissance examples. Though indebted to the earlier fashions that had reigned supreme for centuries, the newly-developed and uniquely English garden was a stylistic breakthrough, the likes of which had never before been seen in Europe. Often called “educated nature” by its proponents, this innovative English garden style offered an idealized view of nature influenced by the landscape paintings of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin.

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour

We're delighted to present the first annual Jamaica Plain Garden Tour! Come enjoy unique access to over twenty private gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods of JP, an area full of charming historical homes and lush perennial gardens. Sites along the route range from creative urban spaces to formal gardens in the English style, to rambling woodland landscapes. Many are hidden gems which you might never otherwise see, featuring beautiful stonework, water elements, and rare specimen plants. Our gratitude goes to the garden owners for opening up these magical spaces in support of the Trustees' 56 community gardens and parks citywide.

The community garden at Merriam and Minton streets, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Win the ‘Golden Trowel’ in Boston’s 2018 Garden Contes​t​! Apply Today or Refer a Friend

The city is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until July 11 to register for the 2018 Mayor’s Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue. Now in its 22nd year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods. Gardeners or those nominating their favorite gardeners may find printable and online nomination forms at First place winners will receive the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Marty Walsh and prize packages from the Parks Department, Mahoney’s Garden Centers, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Boston Public Garden presented with support from Polar Beverages. First place winners in this year’s Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for two to any nonstop destination from Boston (terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply).


Daffodil Planting

JP Centre/South Main Streets has secured 300 daffodil bulbs from the City of Boston to plant in public spaces. Our planned locations are: in front of the South Street tennis courts and mall, at the Monument at Monument Square, and if time and bulbs permit, at the park across from Curley School. With enough volunteers, we can make short work of it! We are asking for volunteers that can bring their own gardening tools. Drinks and snacks will be provided (please rsvp, so that we can plan accordingly).