The Trustees of Reservations Hosts 40th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering in Boston this Saturday, 3/21

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Annual, FREE forum for gardeners to kick off urban gardening season in Boston celebrates 40 year anniversary and offers a day full of workshops, creative activities for kids, and exhibitions with Community Garden Awards presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

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WHAT:     Annual Gardeners’ Gathering, celebrating a 40-year milestone this year, is an annual forum for gardeners to shrug off the winter chill and celebrate urban gardening in Boston. Free and open to all, the Gathering offers a day full of workshops given by local experts, creative activities for kids, and exhibitions by garden-related businesses and non-profits. It is also a great opportunity to network with other gardening enthusiasts and to celebrate outstanding community gardens, old and new, with the Community Garden Awards presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

WHO: Presented by The Trustees of Reservations and the former Boston Natural Areas Network (now a part of The Trustees’ Boston Region). The Gardeners Gathering will also feature the popular Annual Community Garden Awards presentations. With the help of Mayor Walsh, individuals, garden groups, and nonprofit organizations will be honored with the “Hall of Fame,” “Rookie Gardener of the Year,” and “Most Valuable Gardener” awards.

WHEN:     This Saturday, March 21st from 11AM-4PM. For a full schedule of events, presentations, and more details, please visit: http://goo.gl/xQMLmu.

WHERE: Northeastern University, Boston - Egan Research Center and Shillman Hall

WHY:    As the city’s largest educational forum for urban gardeners, the Gardeners’ Gathering is an opportunity for all levels of gardeners and garden enthusiasts to share ideas and tips, network, and learn. The Gardener’s Gathering brings together over 400 gardeners to kick off Boston’s gardening season. More than two dozen skill-building workshops for both vegetable and ornamental gardeners will be offered with an emphasis on healthy practices for urban gardens. Topics range from seed starting, composting, urban beekeeping, learning how to prepare garden-grown delights, and youth and community organizing, to keeping backyard hens, making herbal medicine, and growing edible mushrooms. Attendees will also be able to experience multiple exhibitors’ work from Boston-area agriculture, gardening, and environmental organizations from around the region.

HOW: For a complete menu of activities, workshop topics, and more information, contact Phoebe Flemming at 857.366.3498 or phoebekflemming@gmail.com. For those who cannot attend, The Trustees is offering line up of upcoming garden workshops and events: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/special-events/seed-sow-grow.html.

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The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, historic, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation nonprofits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations – from working farms and historic homesteads, to landscaped and community gardens, parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials -- located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events designed to engage all ages in its mission throughout the year, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: http://www.thetrustees.org.

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Kristi Perry
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