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Nightingale Community Garden Grand Opening, Aug. 6

Nightingale Community GardenYou are invited to the Nightingale Community Garden Grand Opening on Saturday, August 6, 2011! Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino, gardeners, neighbors, supporters and special guests at 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the inaugural season of bounty at the expanded and renovated Community Garden. Explore 130 individual garden plots full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Listen to music and enjoy the refreshments. Nightingale Community Garden, located at 512 Park Street, Dorchester, is part of BIGG, BNAN’s Boston Is Growing Gardens program. For more information call 617-542-7696 or email Grantley Payne at grantley@bostonnatural.org.

Saving Water Saving Seed, Aug. 11

Boston is Growing Gardens

The hot month of August is the perfect to implement water saving techniques in your garden. Learn how to conserve water and how to collect seeds for next year's garden! Workshop takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 11 at Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.

Grow Greens All Fall @ Nightingale Community Garden, Aug. 27

Boston is Growing GardensNot ready for the growing season to end? In this hands on workshop, participants will learn the easy, affordable techniques for growing delicious salads into the cold months. Workshop takes place on Saturday August 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park Street, Dorchester, MA. Sustain your greens for months to come with this Boston is Growing Gardens/Boston Natural Areas Network program!

Nightingale Community Garden Meeting, Jul. 28

Nightingale Community Garden - MusicBoston Natural Areas Network will hold a Nightingale Community Garden Council meeting on Thursday, July 28. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. Nightingale Community Garden, located at 512 Park Street, Dorchester, is a newly opened community garden and 4th largest in the city. Check out great programming, such as free music performances, Garden Coaching every Saturday a.m., an August 11 water conservation workshop (6 to 8 p.m.), an August 20 cooking demonstration (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and more.

Bigger Harvests, Healthier Soil: Aug. 4, 6, 13

BIGG Logo Want to grow more food in a small space? Learn how to plant and tend an incredibly productive, small garden, while taking care of your soil. Join BIGG (Boston is Growing Gardens) for a series of workshops in community gardens around Dorchester. To register for a program, call (617)542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org. See attached PDF for a schedule of Boston Natural Areas Network's Summer Gardening series, or continue on for Dorchester "Bigger Harvests" workshop dates. >> Read More

Valdisa Moura @ Nightingale Community Garden, Aug. 10

Valdisa MouraBoston Natural Areas Network, along with musicians Ellen Schmidt and Jake Kensinger, once again presents the "Sounds of the Garden Community Garden Concert Series" this summer. The gardens offer a unique venue for enjoying lively music while spending time with neighbors, family and friends. On August 10, come see Valdisa Moura perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nightingale Community Garden (512 Park Street, Dorchester). Valdisa performs an energetic mix of Brazilian folk and jazz. All performances are free, and all are welcome to attend.

Come and bring your friends and family! Children are welcome and dancing is encouraged. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the Sounds of the Garden. >> Read More

Leo Colon Jazz Project @ Nightingale Community Garden, Jul. 20

Boston Natural Areas Network, along with musicians Ellen Schmidt and Jake Kensinger, once again presents the "Sounds of the Garden Community Garden Concert Series" this summer. The gardens offer a unique venue for enjoying lively music while spending time with neighbors, family and friends. On July 20, come see the Leo Colon Jazz Project perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nightingale Community Garden (512 Park Street, Dorchester). Enjoy Latin jazz and swing with an accent on Caribbean rhythms, great for dancing and grooving. All performances are free, and all are welcome to attend.

Come and bring your friends and family! Children are welcome and dancing is encouraged. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the Sounds of the Garden. >> Read More

Neponset Estuary Paddle, Jul. 30

PaddlingEnjoy paddling up rivers or estuaries? Now's your chance to participate in the community, have some fun, paddle with friends, and even get exercise while your at it! Paddling experience is required to participate. The event will take place at Neponset Park, Hilltop Street, Dorchester. Be there at 10 a.m. to join in on the fun. To join this event, registration is required at www.bostonnatural.org. With questions, call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org. Part of the Neponset River Greenway Festival. See full schedule of events here.

Summer Cooking in the Garden, Jul. 27

Garden SaladLearn to prepare quick, healthy and affordable dishes using your own fresh picked herbs and produce. Phoebe Flemming, Registered Dietitian and community gardener, will demonstrate some fun and exciting ways to use your garden crops, reduce sodium and saturated fat in your diet and cook healthy and save money at the same time! Registration required. To register call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org.

This class, hosted by Boston Natural Areas Network, takes place on July 27, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan, MA.

(Photo Credit: Edsel Little)

Active Body Workshop (a Seed, Sow and Grow program), Jul. 9

Join Boston Natural Areas Network to learn how to keep your body limber, fit and ready to garden. This fun, interactive workshop will introduce you to basic yoga movements, body weight strength training and Zumba dancing designed to synchronize and prepare your body for the physical demands of gardening.

This workshop takes place on Saturday July 9, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St., Dorchester, MA. Registration is required. To register for a program: Call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org. >> Read More

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