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Fenway Gardens: Community Gardening in Boston

In addition to her greens, herbs, and vegetables such as carrots, yellow beets, and yellow pear tomatoes, Phyllis also fills her two plots with an abundance of flowers, including pink, red, and white peonies that were left by the previous gardener.

Fellow gardener Arthur Rose has had his same plot for more than 30 years. At 86, he’s as passionate about and attentive to his garden as he was when he started. He grows rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, Swiss chard, peppers, and peas.

He rotates plantings in two plots, and in a good year, when he has too many raspberries to eat himself, he makes jam. “During summer, I rarely see a vegetable counter,” he says.

When he isn’t tending his plants (like Phyllis, he grows only from seed), Arthur likes to go to his garden and read the paper under a shady tree or catch up with fellow gardeners on their crops. “I just like being there,” he says. “I have water trays around the garden for the birds, and I watch them. I look up, and there are the trees and the Prudential Center in the distance. I don’t know what I would do if I weren’t going to garden every day.”

To learn more about the Fenway Garden Society and The Richard D. Parker Memorial Victory Gardens, call 617-267-6650 or visit

Updated Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
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