Southwest Corridor Park


Garden Area Information

Section 1: South End

Garden Area #01 Mass Ave Garden

About: This garden has a great variety of plants, including different textures, scents and colors. A focal point at the end of the garden is a weeping cherry planted in honor of a previous volunteer`s mother (replaced a few years ago, still a weeping cherry). Featured plantings include lavender, thyme, rue and other herbs, as well as succulent plants that do well in this dry and sunny location.

Volunteer(s): Jennifer L.

Garden Area #02 Rose Garden

About: Roses in the Southwest Corridor Park rose garden are complemented by perennials. The garden features a gravel path encircling a Japanese maple, standing in a circle of groundcover plants. A new installation is the 'After Bombera' sculpture on loan from USES.

Volunteer(s): Mike Reinders

Garden Area #02 Follen CG Follen CG

About: Near Follen St., between Mass. Ave. and Back Bay.

Garden Area #03 Symphony Corner

About: This corner is a popular and pleasant spot for sitting because of the round stone that is part of the original poetry installations from the creation of the park. Volunteers weed, prune, and water the rambling rose, azaleas, and rhododendrons, and have also planted bulbs and sedum.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #03 Braddock Park CG Braddock Park CG

About: Near Braddock Park, between Mass. Ave. and Back Bay.

Garden Area #04 Butterfly Garden

About: This space is popular with park visitors, a flower-bursting sanctuary for butterflies, bees and birds. The plants in the garden specicially support the lifecycle of 5 specific city tolerant butterflies: the Monarch, Cabbage White, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Clouded Sulpher and Black Swallowtail. A sign board in the garden announces recent butterfly sightings as well as provides fun facts about butterflies.

The wildflowers include: butterfly bush, milkweed, cosmos, Queen Annes lace and other native plants. The pieces of old wood in the garden provides shelter for butterflies.

Volunteer(s): Karen H.

Garden Area #04 Greenwich Park CG Greenwich/Cumberland Community Garden

About: Near Greenwich Park, between Mass. Ave. and Back Bay.

Garden Area #05 Butterfly Garden Annex

About: This garden section is the original butterfly garden, and includes a variety of wildflowers, including butterfly bush and milkweed, that attract butterflies.

Volunteer(s): Karen H.

Garden Area #05 Blackwood/Claremont CG Blackwood/Claremont CG

About: Near Mass. Ave. Station, across from Claremont St.

Garden Area #05A Steppingstone Garden

About: The garden is designed like a cottage garden, with edible gardening (herbs, strawberries, raspberries and squash) mixed in with flowers. Holly, ivy and eunonymous shrubs, plus catmint and other plantings form the backdrop for this garden. Steppingstone paths lead through the garden, inviting people in to pick and eat.

Volunteer(s): Jennifer L.

Garden Area #06 Wellington Terrace

About: This area has two raised beds with one at the Wellington Street level and the other up a short flight of stairs. The garden features three magnolia trees and seasonal blossoms that are a highlight of the view as you enter the park from Mass Ave.

Volunteer(s): Wendy

Garden Area #06A Blackwood Path Triangle Garden

About: Perennials in a corner between the road and street.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #07 Claremont Green

About: The Claremont Green is bookended by two large plantings of viburnum, with two young Alberta Spruce in the middle. Three large spirea frame the back edge of the lawn, along with two Hanoki Cypress, some ornamental grasses, a golden rain tree, a tree lilac and a half-oblong grassy area. Perenials add color along the perimeter of this green.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #08 Blackwood Green

About: The Blackwood Green is a lawn hedged by a series of shrubs, beginning with holly, then rhodys, and finally junipers. A mock orange tree stands behind the holly, with forsythia and viburnum planted towards the east end of the garden area. Neighbors have planted perennials along the border of this green, providing strong color and shapes.

Volunteer(s): Hayden, Jill

Garden Area #08A Blackwood End

About: The Southwest Corridor Park includes the mini-park at the end of the Blackwood Street, a cool spot with dogwood, boxwood, spring flowering bulbs and other plantings.

Volunteer(s): Dan D., neighbors

Garden Area #09 Claremont Inlet

About: There are four crab apple trees, an apple and a nectarine tree in the Claremont Inlet where the granite bulwark is edged by hostas and day lilies. Hellebores and ferns also populate the shady part of this garden and perennials are planted in the sunnier corner of this raised bed garden. This is a favorite place to sit for many people.

Volunteer(s): Alethea

Garden Area #10 Claremont Island

About: Claremont Island sits next to Claremont Inlet, where you can walk around an oblong bed featuring a theme of purple flowers.

Volunteer(s): Jenny Keenan

Garden Area #11 Round Window Lawn

About: At the Round Window Lawn, a mix of trees and shrubs form a half circle around a grass carpet. The paper birch, yew, and rhododendron look good year round, while the forsythia and barberry shine brightest in the summer. Coryopteris and lilacs provide color.

In spring 2009, we added 3 lilacs and 6 Caryopteris to finish the planting area

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #12 Greenwich Park Terrace

About: The hardscape defines Greenwich Park Terrace with a large granite step-up from the garden area in front with sedum autumn joy and azaleas, to the wooded area behind. The top terrace features six crab apple trees and three holly bushes, with an assortment of azaleas and hosta closer to the ground.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #13 Tennis Court Island

About: This oval island near the tennis courts looks different in every season. Tall sunflowers are a focal point all summer.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #13A Durham Green

About: This was recently re-seeded with new grass. It has a beautiful sambucus, which complements the pine trees.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #14 Durham Oval

About: This area has color and texture throughout the spring, summer and fall, with a variety of plantings. This oval-shaped garden bed is a focal point for park visitors walking down Durham street into the park.

Volunteer(s): Neighbors/SWCPC

Garden Area #14A Durham Swale

About: This grassy area is softened by tall flowers, roses and shrubs that line the fence. The upper part of the swale is shaded by a pine and bordered by hedges. Plantings add color and texture along the edges of this grassy area.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #15 W. Rutland Circle

About: Two Red Bud trees rise out of W. Rutland Circle next to Titus Sparrow Park. The trees are interplanted with Barberry shrubs, vinca and wild strawberry. New plantings were added in Fall 2010 by the volunteers from the Schweitzer Fellowship Program.

Volunteer(s): Susan S. / SWCPC

Garden Area #16E Basketball Hill

About: The Basketball Green is the patch of lawn situated above the court and Titus Sparrow Park. It is planted with holly, juniper, viburnum shrubs and new roses.

Volunteer(s): Franco

Garden Area #16W Tennis Corner

About: The Tennis Corner had a fence installed the spring of 2009 and tthe garden is planted with impatiens, violas, violets and vinca and other shade plants.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #17 W Newton Island

About: This large island-planter contains a host of wonderful species that provide color and fragrance for most months of the year! Beginning in January passersby can enjoy the rare copper-flowered variety of Witch Hazel that is also mildly fragrant. In February, small white Snow Drops begin to push their way through the semi-frozen soil. March ushers in English Bluebells and Purple Crocus with the first splash of color. A sea of orange defines April in the form of Orange Princess, Orange Toronto, Day Dream and Veronique Sanson Tulips. May brings deep pink Virichic Tulips and deep blue Parrot and Diamond Tulips along with creamy white Double Poets Narcissus. Pachysandra provide a constant green backdrop for the various waves of color, and Cotoneaster keeps passersby in the holiday spirit with persistent red berries and green leaves.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #18 W Newton Plaza

About: Two raised beds on either side of the path. Planted with hemlocks, a crab apple, a large batch of junipers and rhodys. Last year the marigolds along the path were a SWCP highlight.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #18N Follen Swale

About: This gently sloping hill has been plantings along the fencing in the back and sides.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #18S Braddock Hill

About: Planting at the bottom of the hill provide bright color along this grassy side of the park.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #19 Follen St Triangle

About: A triangular granite framed island with 3 crab apples alongside perennials.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #20 Follen St Corner

About: Two small garden areas framing the entrance to the community garden features a beautiful hawthorne, dogwood, and crab apple trees planted underneath with annuals, azaleas, and a bed of hostas.

Volunteer(s): Carla

Garden Area #20G Blackwood/Claremont Gate

About: Ferns, ivy, vinca and small shrubs complement the crab apple tree, gate and fencing in the area outside the Blackwood/Claremont community garden.

Volunteer(s): Greg S., Patricia S.

Garden Area #21 Carleton Path

About: A low iron fence frames a holly, boxwood, rhody, and cotoneaster border.

Volunteer(s): Mike S.

Garden Area #21E Tot Lot Corner

About: Enjoy the new plants at this busy corner near the playground.

Volunteer(s): Carla, Scott

Garden Area #22 Holyoke Path

About: This garden area lines the playground and dog park along the sidewalk.

Volunteer(s): John K

Garden Area #22A Holyoke Circle

About: A round granite circle loaded with azalea and hydrangea, Tiger Eye Sumac, thalictrum, acanthus, lilies and mums.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #23 Holyoke Half Moon

About: Washington-Rutland community gardeners donated bearded iris (a tall light purple variety and a short yellow variety), cosmos and columbine. Other plants came from commercial and native-plant nurseries as well as from gardening friends perennials that needed dividing.

The planter now sports wave upon wave of purple and yellow blooms of different heights and textures. Daffodils and grape hyacinths wake the garden in the early spring, continuing with bearded & Japanese iris in May. Cranesbill geranium, false indigo, veronica and salvia emerge in June, followed by coreopsis, balloon flower and lemon lily. Russian sage and reblooming of salvia and pincushion flower endure the heat of summer until magenta and light pink cosmos take off. Aster flowering signals the coming of fall.

Volunteer(s): Kim

Garden Area #24 Carleton Sidewalk

About: This garden borders the tot lot with a row of perennials.

Volunteer(s): Carol K., Bob K.

Garden Area #25 Canine Vista

About: This garden overlooks Carleton Court Dog Park and incorporates a weaving pea stone path to a sitting area under two mature dog woods. This perennial garden contains many species of plants and flowers that bring interesting leaf textures, different flowering times, and varying foliage colors many months of the year.

Volunteer(s): Doug G.

Garden Area #26 Harcourt Corner

About: A stand of 3 linden trees soars above a stand of rhodys, azaleas hostas, Japanese Anemone, and Ligularia.

Volunteer(s): Rebecca

Garden Area #27 West Canton Green

About: This area includes a grassy area and a variety of shade-growing plants.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #28 Cobblestone Garden

About: An island of perennials between the path and road, alongside the Carleton Court dog park. A strip of cobblestones cuts across this garden island.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Garden Area #CG Harcourt Community Garden

About: Community garden

Section 2: Fenway/Roxbury

 Saranac/Newcastle CG

About: Near Mass. Ave. Station, Carter School and Carter Playground.

 DCR SWCP Headquarters

About: DCR SWCP Headquarters building at 38 New Heath Street.

 Jackson Square Playground Garden

About: This children`s garden is in a raised garden bed next to the playground and amphitheatre. Through the Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy and the RealKidz program at Bromley Heath Apartments, children work in the garden throughout the spring, summer and fall. Plants include edibles such as peas, parsley, mint, borage and strawberries, as well as a variety of flowers and other vegetables. Cobblestones and flagstones create a path for walking around the main garden, which features two crab apple trees.

Volunteer(s): Jennifer L.

 Mission Deck / Rasied Beds

About: Raised bed gardens in the Mission Deck are often planted and mulched by youth programs during the summer.

 Roxbury State Heritage Park

About: The Roxbury State Heritage Park is a DCR-managed state park that celebrates the heritage of the community of Roxbury (featured on this map as a neighboring park that is supported by DCR SWCP staff).

 Bicycle Path

About: The Pierre Lallemont Bicycle Path (Southwest Corridor Bicycle Path) provides separate pathways marked for bikes and pedestrians all along the length of the corridor from Mass. Ave., the official beginning of the bike path, through Forest Hills.

 Sensory Garden

About: Adjacent to the Southwest Corridor Park, the Carter School, a BPS school for students with disabilities, has a Sensory Garden that engages all five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. The garden is fenced in for use by the students, and open occasionally such as during South End Garden Tours.

Volunteer(s): [Carter School]

 Northampton Green

About: Northampton Green is between Mass Avenue and Northampton Street near the Sensory Garden. The path winds down a hill from the MBTA station toward Northampton Street, passing by three stone obelisks that were part of the poetry and prose installations that marked the park opening. Over the fence, the Carter School Sensory Garden is visible. This area will be updated over the years 2018 and 2019.

Volunteer(s): SWCPC

Section 3: Jamaica Plan

 Section 3 - Jamaica Plain

About: Section 3 of the Corridor spans from Jackson Square Station to Stony Brook to Green Street to Forest Hills Station. Section 3 has several community gardens and playgrounds, and also provides access to many other parks, including easy access by walking or bicycle to the Arnold Arboreteum and Franklin Park.


 Lamartine/Hubbard CG

About: Near the Stony Brook MBTA Station.


 Lawndale Terrace CG

About: Between Stony Brook and Green Street Stations.


 Newman Street Garden

 Family Community Garden

About: Garden in the New Minton Playground -- designed for participation by children and families.

Volunteer(s): JP/SWCPC

 Minton St. Park

 New Mitton Street Butterfly Garden

 Wildflower Garden

About: Wildflower garden along T fence from New Minton Garden

Volunteer(s): JP/SWCPC

 Butterfly Garden

About: Butterfly plants

Volunteer(s): JP/SWCPC

 Rose Garden - Johnson Deck

About: Rose garden

Volunteer(s): JP/SWCPC

 Community Garden Fence

About: Flowers along community garden - Forest Hills

Volunteer(s): JP/SWCPC

 Festival Garden

About: The Festival Garden has a theme of edible landscaping. Neighbors are welcome to eat from the garden, enjoying fresh peas, tomatoes and other vegetables on any summer day in the park.

Volunteer(s): Jenny J.

 Festival Garden

 Stony Brook T Station Garden

 Armory street garden

 Amory Street Garden

About: Flower Patch on path to Amory St.

Volunteer(s): JP/SWCPC

 Herbstalk Garden

 Atherton Wildflower Garden

 Anson/Spaulding CG

About: Between Green Street and Forest Hills Stations, closest to Forest Hills..


 Hall/Boynton CG

About: Between Green Street and Forest Hills Stations.


 McBride/Boynton CG

About: Between Green Street and Forest Hills Stations, closer to Green Street.