Leland Street Cooperative Garden:
A Unique Resource Open to the Community
The Leland Street Cooperative Garden is a community garden in the truest sense of the term. Dedicated to creating a neighborhood gathering place, the garden is free from individually owned plots and fences, locks and keys. Everything in the garden is open for all to use.
Save the Date: Our Next Workday will be May 27, 10 – 3 pm with 1 pm potluck lunch
General Garden Meeting Thursday, May 4th 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Garden– All are Welcome!
A note from Djamil and the Leland Garden team:
I hope you are doing well. Rolling up our sleeves, we are hitting the dirt. Heads up that this is a high tick season so far with many sightings and bitings so please take care…do a tick check each night when you’ve been out in nature during the day.
At the end of the email I will list the current schedule so far.
Thursday, May 4, General Meeting
7-8:30 in the Garden (@ 15 Leland St. #2 adjacent the garden if it rains)
We have some fun things to talk about! Dan and Amanda are both interested in bringing mushrooms to the garden and will be there to explore this opportunity. The mushrooms will be cultivated in the Peace Garden which is an area that is yet owned by the city between the garden and Barlow St. It is also currently used as a passive compost.
All are welcome!
Saturday, May 13 – Plant pick up – We Need Drivers!
1. Pick up pre-ordered seedlings @ Revision House in Roxbury
2. City Natives in Mattapan, a Trustees sponsored plant sale featuring City Native cultivated plants, and local farmer offerings – herb, Vegetables etc.
3. Herb Society of New England plant sale at Elmbank in headquarters of Massachusetts Horticulture Society in Wellesley.
If you have a car and would like to share a few hours picking up plants at either of these locations, please let us know ASAP. We’re hoping to get to all, if possible.
Also, if you would like to contribute funds for the new season plantings, our current balance is $52.00. Please call Adam Frost 617-325-9526 to get instructions for donating.
Sunday, May 14, Planting the goodies from the plant sales as determined by the need on Saturday 11-2
That’s it for now. Ready, Steady, Go! 🙂
Many thanks for your interest, love and support of the garden!
All the best,
DJamil and the Leland Garden Team
What is the garden?
The garden is an oasis offering shade trees and a place to sit, walk, and enjoy. There are monthly steering committee meetings and workdays for those who wish to participate. We have a cutting flower garden, vegetable beds, perennial borders, and, as the centerpiece, a lovely herb garden. We also have honeybees. Composting is done using a three-bin system.
Origin and evolution of the garden:
By the early 1980’s, an area of 11,445 square feet, comprising three vacant lots, had become a dumping ground, littered with broken glass, garbage, and abandoned cars. It had also become a venue for drinking, drug dealing, and other illegal activity; most neighbors avoided walking into or even near The Lots. At that time, some nearby neighbors of The Lots decided to address the problem. They began to organize cleanup days and picnics, and discussed possible uses for the space.
In 1983, Boston Natural Areas Fund purchased the lots, ensuring that they would remain “green and open to the public forever.” In 1989, the garden received a grant of $25,000 from the Grassroots Program of the City of Boston. A local landscape architect was hired to design the garden, with input from neighbors. It was decided to build an open community space rather than individual plots.
Many neighborhood volunteers worked for two years to re-grade, haul in quality soil, and plant herbs, shrubs, and trees. In 1991, The Leland Street Community received the prestigious Community Garden of the Year award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
From 1991 until the present, the garden has been sustained by work days and monthly meetings, bringing joy to neighbors and contributing to our sense of community.
Recently, ownership of the land comprising the Leland Street Cooperative Garden has passed from Boston Natural Areas Network (now defunct) to Trustees of Reservations. Interested members of the community are exploring exciting ways of responding to this change. A recent name change, from the Leland Street Community Garden to the Leland Street Cooperative Garden, was made for the sake of clarity and to avoid confusion, since, unlike the vast majority of “community gardens,” the Leland Street Community garden does not have any individual plots.
As always, everyone who wants to get involved in the garden and its ongoing process of change, adaptation, and evolution as a resource for the community and a means of creating community is welcome!
Events and Gatherings:
Saturday workdays with potluck lunches
Winter soup nights
Events for children
Concerts and musical celebrations
Good Pickin’ Times:
Basil – July through September
Chives – June through November
Comfrey – June through September
Dill – July through September
Fennel – June through September
Lavender – June through September
Lemon balm – April through September
Lovage – April through May
Mint – April through September
Oregano – June through September
Parsley – July through September
Rhubarb – May through June
Sage – June through October
Sorrel – April through November
a variety of green leafy vegetables in season
a profusion of perennials such as roses, bee-balm, and butterfly bushes
a cutting garden with annuals including zinnias and cosmos
If you wish to receive email about garden events, contact:
Leland Street Co-operative Garden
15 Leland Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130