Sunday, September 21, 1 – 4:30 pm – Touring Urban Wilds

The Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGdesign) is presenting a different kind of garden tour – Touring Urban Wilds and Gardens: On the Bus – from 1pm to 4:30 pm. Transformed from neglected lots and urban blight to lush gardens and tranquil places, tour sites in Brookline and Boston have been touched and renewed by COG designers and their community clients. Highlights include a gloriously colorful perennial garden, designed for a windy seaside site, overlooking sparkling Dorchester Bay, a quirky neighborhood park featuring native shrubs and trees, stonedust path for strolling, meadow and orchard, plus a destination for rock climbing, and a sunken urban terrace with arbor and ornamental trees for privacy, leafy gardens, and a ten foot tall stone wall. Afternoon tea will be served at the historic Shirley Eustis Carriage House, once owned by Isabella Stewart Gardner and meticulously rebuilt on its current Roxbury site. Ticket price is $40, which includes the tour bus and tea. Limited seating. Visit to register, or call 781-642-6662. Proceeds benefit community greening projects.