“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” –Cicero
The Countway Community Garden was first conceived in 2011 by a small group of dedicated volunteers through Countway Library. It had its first planting in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since! Garden volunteers include staff, faculty, and students from HMS, HSDM, Harvard Chan School and the greater Longwood Medical community. What started out as a small secret oasis has since garnered greater interest every year from students, faculty and staff wanting a place to relax, have lunch, host events and, of course, garden. This year we have had a number of inquiries from our new HMS students regarding planting beds and events. We are growing!
the Harvest Celebration (September)has included a featured speaker, garden tours, and volunteer celebration. This year, the Countway Community Garden plans to host a much larger event that features local alternative/integrative medicine tables, massage/reiki, lightening talks on herbal medicine and urban farming, and an open forum to connect community members that believe nature, even in the city, contributes to health and well-being.
The Harvest Celebration marks the end of our growing season. While a few plants may still give an effort, most of the other beds will be preparing to over-winter. This event is a great way to connect our community one last time in our verdant outdoor space, and to foster a learning environment one last time before winter break!
The 2017 Harvest Celebration will take place September 28, 2017 from 4–7pm