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- PROGRAMS & PROJECTSTree Care One of the most important roles played by the Friends is the care of the trees in the three parks. The stately and mature specimen trees in the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall—numbering over 1,700—are the “bones” of the parks. The trees define these magnificent green spaces, and contribute aesthetically as well as ecologically to the health and well-being of the city and its inhabitants. Tress planted a century or more ago need special care. That’s why it’s critical to continue a regular program of planting and maintenance to ensure the vitality of these landscapes for generations to come. Without the significant commitment of funds and expertise, the parks’ trees would suffer irreparable harm from the effects of urban pollution, compaction and disease. For example, without our annual program of treatment to protect against Dutch Elm Disease, it is likely that none of our majestic elms would be in the parks today. Background The inability of the city to adequately fund tree care has been an ongoing, pressing problem. Since our formation in 1970, each year has brought another crisis in basic tree care and protection. Despite advocacy for more city funding, it’s been largely…
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- HELP THE PARKSWhy should I join the Friends? Individuals, civic groups, foundations and corporations, and city and state governments must help to keep and maintain these valuable green spaces. These parks belong to you as a citizen of Boston and the world. Preserve this precious heritage. Citizens are the basis for the Friends’ success. Numbers count! We need you! The Friends get things done. The Friends’ overhead is low. Standard Membership Join or contribute to the Friends of the Public Garden. Donate Membership levels Member $25 Supporter $50 Contributor $100 Sponsor $500 Patron $1000 Benefactor $2500In Memory of Donation Make a donation to the Friends of the Public Garden in memory of a loved one. Donate Donation levels Option A $25 Option B $50 Option C $100 Option D $500 Option E $1000 Option F $2500Young Friends Membership Join or contribute to the Young Friends. Donate Young Friends Member $25
The Friends of the Public Garden works to protect and improve Boston’s first public parks — the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
A membership organization open to all, the Friends was founded in 1970 by concerned citizens. Working closely with the Boston Parks Department, we support ongoing improvements to the parks. Since 1970, we have funded the expert care of trees and plantings and the maintenance and restoration of sculptures and fountains. We work as staunch advocates to protect the parks from misuse and encroachment.
|ADVOCACY UPDATE: WINTHROP SQUARE
June 16, 2017 — Update from Executive Director, Elizabeth Vizza
We have been in discussions with the Mayor’s Office, the BPDA, and Millennium to express our deep concerns about the impact the Winthrop Square tower will have on the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. We appreciate the Mayor’s responsiveness to these concerns.
While we still have strong reservations about a one-time amendment to laws that have worked to protect our parks while allowing development to continue in downtown Boston, we acknowledge that the City Council, with its 10-3 vote in favor of the home rule petition, spoke with a clear voice.
The bill has just been filed at the State House (House bill number HB3749), and at some point there will be a hearing. It has been assigned to the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, and you can find hearing dates at https://malegislature.gov.
Untold Stories of the Public Garden
Free Public Garden tours Tuesdays at 4pm, Wednesdays at 10am and 4pm, and Thursdays at 4pm
Meet at the Ducklings statue in the Public Garden
Celebrating 30 years of the Rose Brigade and China Altman
In tribute to China Altman and her 30 years of inspired dedication to and leadership of the Rose Brigade, we introduced the new China Altman hybrid tea rose on June 20th!
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Grand Opening and Tree Dedication at the George Robert White Memorial Fountain
We celebrated the completion of the restoration of the George Robert White Memorial fountain on June 7!
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