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. Most recent additions to the garden 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 #01 Harcourt/Canton CG Harcourt/Canton CG
About: Near Harcourt and West Canton Streets, Near Back Bay Station.
Garden Area #02 Rose Garden
About: Roses in the Southwest Corridor Park rose garden are complemented by perennials, bulbs, vinca, and a Japanese maple.
Volunteer(s): Helen Powell
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 with commemorative quote. Volunteers weed, prune, and water the rambling rose, azaleas, and rhododendrons, and have also planted bulbs and sedum.
Volunteer(s): Ed / Franco
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: In the summer of 2008, this space was transformed into 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 Potting Garden
About: This section is named the "potting garden" because of the use of planters and a potting table as garden elements. The garden is designed like a cottage garden, with edible gardening (herbs, strawberries, raspberries and squash) mixed in with native flowers. Holly and eunonymous shrubs form the backdrop for this garden.
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.
Garden Area #06 Saranac/Newcastle CG Saranac/Newcastle CG
About: Near Mass. Ave. Station, Carter School and Carter Playground.
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.
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.
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.
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. This raised garden also provides a place to grow and share basil, thyme and other culinary herbs. This is a favorite place to sit for many people. Hellebores and ferns also populate the garden
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): Paul MacNeely
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): Gisela Griffith
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): Rita F.
Garden Area #13A Durham Green
About: This was recently re-seeded with new grass. It has a beautiful sambucus, which complements the pine trees.
Garden Area #14 Durham Oval
About: This area has color and texture throughout the spring, summer and fall, with a variety of plantings. This area will be renovated and updated in the next few years once design is aligned.
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.
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 Schadler
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.
Garden Area #16W Tennis Corner
About: The Tennis Corner had a fence installed the spring of 2009 and tthe garden is now planted with impatiens, violas, violets and vinca -- all happy in the shade.
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.
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.
Garden Area #18N Follen Swale
About: This gently sloping hill has been planted and pruned on several volunteer afternoons.
Garden Area #18S Braddock Hill
About: Planting at the bottom of the hill provide bright color along this grassy side of the park.
Garden Area #19 Follen St Triangle
About: A triangular granite framed island with 3 crab apples alongside perennials.
Volunteer(s): Brad M
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.
Garden Area #20G Blackwood/Claremont Gate
About: Groundcovers and shrubs complement the crab apple tree, gate and fencing in the area outside the 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.
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.
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): Kimberly M.
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 recently restored 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 F. and Liz Kastner
Garden Area #27 West Canton Green
About: Several volunteer days have focused on work in this area, which has a variety of shade plants.
Garden Area #CG Harcourt Community Garden
About: Community garden
Section 2: Fenway/Roxbury
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]
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.
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).
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.
Saranac Community Garden
About: Community Garden near Northampton St. and Camden St.
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.
Family Community Garden
About: Garden in the New Minton Playground -- designed for participation by children and families.
Rose Garden - Johnson Deck
About: Rose garden
About: Butterfly plants
About: Wildflower garden along T fence from New Minton Garden
Community Garden Fence
About: Flowers along community garden - Forest Hills
T Flower Garden
About: Flower garden at corner of Boylston and Lamartine (next to T)
About: Volunteers from JP have adopted a SWCP garden near Stony Brook, with a theme of edible landscaping, with expectations of produce to share among neighbors. Visit the Google Group for this garden at https://sites.google.com/site/festivalgardenjp/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to find out how to volunteer and to join the garden Google Group/email list.
Volunteer(s): Jenny J.
Amory Street Garden
About: Flower Patch on path to Amory St.