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.

As our country (and the whole world) is still coping with the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make sure that we are doing our part in this fight.

To ensure we are adhering to CDC, state, and DCR guidelines, check out our new CHRCG policies

Please still be mindful of social distancing and wear a face covering and gloves while in the garden.

Welcome Everybody to 2021 season at the CHRCG!


Please take a moment to read our guidelines before you get started at the garden. There you will find important information regarding our garden rules, what you can and can't plant, items that you can and cant have permanently inside your plot and new temporary regulations regarding social distancing at the garden.

The sun was warm, but the wind was chill. 

You know how it is with an April day.

When the sun is out and the wind is still,

You're one month on in the middle of May.

 But if you so much as dare to speak,

A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,

A wind comes off a frozen peak,

And you're one month back in the middle of March.


Robert Frost-- from the poem Two Tramps in Mudtime

Do you want to know what you should be planting in the garden this month?

Visit our Checklist and Planting Calendar

Got Questions?

Get in touch with our community of gardeners through our forum.

Gardening Education

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

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