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Dewey Square Demonstration Garden

November 11, 2012

A warm, sunny day in November practically demands an stroll through the city to enjoy the fall light, changing landscape and to enjoy the urban environment before it falls under the hush of winter. As I walked around downtown Boston, I ended up near South Station on the Greenway, and took a few minutes to explore the Demonstration Garden in Dewey Square.


The gardens are loosely split into separate areas: the pollinator garden, which comprises plants and flowers to attract bees (perhaps the local bees that live on top of the Intercontentinal Hotel?); a series of small raised edible gardens; a rain garden to help water infiltrate into the ground slowly; and an urban composting area.

Even now, in the days following our first snow, the gardens are producing food like rainbow chard and a selection of herbs. The gardens, which are located in one of the most central and urban areas of the city, are a nice reminder of the importance of integrating edible gardens and ecological design into the urban landscape.

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