Progress in the Garden

Progress in the Garden, What's New
As we make progress in replanting, pruning and tending to the garden we'll post updates on our work here so you can follow along. We'll also let you know the help we need either on our work day - Thursday - or watering during the week. If you would like to help us with that please send an email to Many thanks This past Thursday , 5/19 JoAnn Robinson, Meredith Zona and Mona McKindley spent quite a bit of time cleaning up the winter creeper in the upper woodland.  They removed the excess wintercreeper along the rocks where it is to be preserved and groomed,  by raking with a steel tined rake and hand trimming.   They got half of the area done, filled three leaf bags and were tired…
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Garden Work Day

Work Plan: cutting the wintercreeper where it cascades over the rocks Meeting place:   Carriage House behind Whittemore Robbins House (700R Mass. Ave., Arlington Ctr.) Parking:   We provide parking permits for parking near the Carriage House Wear gloves.  Bring water and hand tools if you want.  We have long-handled tools and garden carts. We look forward to seeing you - Christine Harris, JoAnn Robinson, Mona McKindley
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2024 Earth Day Clean Up A Great Success

Articles, Uncategorized, What's New
On April 20, 2024, Earth Day, the Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens sponsored a clean-up day in the gardens between the Library and the Town Hall. Cleaning out the pools The morning was wet and rainy, but by noon it was just cloudy and a comfortable temperature to work outside.  So, we started out in the early afternoon with a good group of volunteers.  Several members of the Arlington Rotary, the Arlington Garden Club, and other Arlington residents joined the Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens to help “spruce up” the garden in preparation for the spring and summer seasons.   Fixing the fence Leftover leaves and sticks from the winter beneath the shrubs were bagged for disposal in more than twenty-five leaf bags, generously donated by Shattuck Hardware.  Volunteers…
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Garden Club Work Group

Group will meet on alternate Thursday mornings starting Thursday April 20 We'll focus on the garden area around the reflecting pool in anticipation of spring garden events coming up..   Serious rain will cancel.  Or a rain call will be made by 7:30 am. General Work Plan:  Weeding, pruning, clearing invasives around Whittemore Robbins House & the Reflecting Pool Meeting place:   Carriage House behind Whittemore Robbins House (700R Mass. Ave., Arlington Ctr.) Parking:   We provide parking permits for parking near the Carriage House Wear gloves.  Bring water and hand tools if you want.  We have long-handled tools and garden carts.
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Earth Day = Clean Up Day

Come meet neighbors and friends and work together to spruce up the garden. We will be meeting in the garden from 10AM till 3PM to clear away the leaves and branches that have accumulated over the winter and lay down some mulch in the garden beds. If you’d like to join us on Earth Day, please email and put “EARTH DAY” in the subject line.  We’ll send you more information about our plans for the day.
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Chronicle programs on Olmsted projects

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As you may know, our beautiful garden in the center of Arlington was designed by the Olmsted Brother's firm in 1938.These two Chronicle programs give a brief portrait of their father, Frederick Law Olmsted's work in the Boston area and showcase some of the features of Olmsted's design principals which he shared with his sons.  Do you see any of these principals reflected in the design of our garden?O-
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Robbins Town Gardens Restoration Project gets a Garden Historian

Articles By Ingrid Gallagher, Board Member Friends of Robbins Town Gardens / arlington@wickedlocal.comPosted May 10, 2018 at 3:00 AM   Wicked Local Arlington Mona Mckindley is a garden historian working with the Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens to restore the plantings in Arlington’s historic landmark gardens. Following the specifications laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. in his firm’s 1939 redesign of the iconic gardens, Mckindley is committed to a plant restoration the Olmsteds would approve. “The design is an artwork that is being recreated, so we respect the artists and try to reproduce it faithfully. We do not augment or elaborate; we restore what was there,” said Mckindley. “The design of the spaces between Town Hall and Robbins Library is an example of the work of America’s favorite design firm of the era. The design…
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