Welcome to Chestnut Hill Reservoir Community Garden
In this website, you will find important information about how our garden operates and whom to contact with general and specific questions. It also contains information about how you can help make the garden run smoothly and efficiently.
Because community gardening requires a fair amount of work beyond tending your own plot, every gardener is asked to participate to the best of his or her ability in the management and upkeep of the entire garden.
The community garden only exists with the support of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. As we occupy public land, we are guests and must follow the rules established for public parks, which, among others, prohibit alcohol and drug consumption. The DCR is a generous and helpful “landlord” and therefore we take great care to prove ourselves good stewards of their property. For these reasons, it is important to participate actively in clean-up days, working alongside DCR employees and also make sure that the garden is an asset to the surrounding neighborhood.
In accordance with the CDC recommendations and MA regulations, vaccinated gardeners are no longer required to wear face-covering in the garden. We would still request that you consider wearing face-covering in the common areas, as some of our members may not yet be vaccinated. Thank you!
Every year, the CHRCG committee, with help from the Trustees, is happy to offer free seeds to all our gardeners. This year, the first seeds giveaway will be on May 1st and 2nd, from 12PM to 4PM.
Check out the list of free seeds on our Events tab.
See you then!
"The quiet August noon has come;
A slumberous silence fills the sky;
The winds are still, the trees are dumb,
In glassy sleep the waters lie.
– William Cullen Bryant
A Noon Scene
Do you want to know what you should be planting in the garden this month?
Visit our Checklist and Planting Calendar
Get in touch with our community of gardeners through our forum.
Would you like to know more about organic gardening, composting, recycling, etc?
Check out our educational blog
Comments and Suggestions
We want to keep improving our community garden and your feedback and contribution are essential.
Show us your progress and success
Did you just harvest your first tomato?
Are your flowers just amazing?
Let's share and celebrate our gardeners' achievements
Post your pics on Instagram and tag @chrcgarden.
It will also feed into our Instagram Tab
Would like to become a member?
Applications are closed for 2021 plots. But you can join our waiting list for the 2022 season. Just send us an application