People Who Plant: On Location In Americas Oldest Victory Garden

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Who are modern gardeners? We are people who hope to grow food that we can feel sure of and we need a calm place to enjoy a few quiet minutes of lush green leafiness every once in a while. A garden is our haven where digging, watering and weeding are not just meditative, but much needed exercise. Our horticultural successes and the endlessly surprising beauty of our gardens amaze us, and we are undeterred by our flops and failures. We are not so different than those that came before us. We are People who Plant and in every issue we will share some of our conversations.

For over 70 years, since the advent of World War II, the Fenway victory gardens of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood have provided land for local residents to grow food, flowers and a wide variety of plants. There are 500 plots over 7 acres and it is the single surviving victory garden of the original 20 million victory gardens that were founded by the Roosevelt administration to fuel the war effort. These gardens are in the heart of the city and though they deal with the very real aspects of urban life and the challenges that come with a busy neighborhood, they thrive by serving the needs of gardeners who represent all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Open to all residents of the city of Boston, President Kristen Mobilia says, “Its an urban myth that there is a 10 year waiting list.” With 91 new gardeners this year, the Fenway Victory Gardens seem a perfect place for PITH + VIGOR to find like-minded people to chat with for our inaugural issue.

Meet the Gardeners…

OlgaSteve, Mackenzie and Owen, Frederika, Jessica, Jaisa, and Kristen

image by Kelly Fitzsimmons

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About Rochelle Greayer

Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.