Civic and Environmental Projects
Net proceeds from the Hidden Gardens tour and the sale of our books, along with donations, are directed to the support of civic, horticultural and environmental pursuits. Since its founding in 1928, the Beacon Hill Garden Club has made contributions to more than 200 local, state, and national organizations whose missions, like ours, include education, conservation and horticultural improvement of the urban landscape. Click here to see the most recent list of grant recipients.
Committed to the beautification of Beacon Hill and areas of immediate proximity, the club engages civic gardening and hands-on maintenance at the garden at Old North Church and at Peter Faneuil House, projects for which we received the prestigious GCA Founders Fund Award.
In collaboration with the Beacon Hill Civic Association, we maintain plantings on Codman Traffic Island located at the intersection of Beacon and Charles streets. On a smaller scale, we plant and maintain the window box at the Charles Street Post Office.
In 2010 the club also worked with the Friends of the Public Garden to help support the renovation of the Brewer Fountain and the Liberty Mall on the Boston Common. We donated funds for the planting of 11 new elm trees grouped in a "memorial grove." The trees are thriving due to our continued
funding for maintenance. In addition, the club funded the replacement willow trees on the Charles River Esplanade.
Environmental, horticultural and conservation organizations that have received financial support in recent years include Arnold Arboretum, Beacon Hill Tree Committee, Beacon Hill Elms, Boston Natural Areas Network, Boston Schoolyard Initiative, Charles River Watershed Association, Conservation Law Foundation, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the Esplanade Association, the Food Project, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, New England Wild Flower Society, the Student Conservation Association and the U.S. National Arboretum.
Through participation as an exhibitor, the club supports the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at its annual flower and garden show, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts during Art in Bloom, an annual event celebrating and interpreting fine art through floral displays.
The club's Conservation Committee helps advance the understanding of local, state and national environmental issues and sends member representatives to the annual National Affairs & Legislation Meeting in Washington, DC.
Proceeds encourage the love of horticulture and urban gardening, improve the urban landscape, and provide direct financial support to organizations dedicated to conservation, the environment, and civic improvement.
Old North Church
Myrtle the Turtle in her new home in the Myrtle Street Playground