Tuesday, September 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – The Rose Kennedy Greenway: Ecological Form and Function

On Tuesday, September 24 (rain date Wednesday, September 25), tour guides Stuart Shillaber and Anthony Ruggiero will lead a tour through the Rose Kennedy Greenway sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association.  The Greenway is the mile long ribbon of green that replaced Boston’s elevated Central Artery when Route 93 was moved underground as part of the Big Dig.  The Greenway builds on Boston’s legacy of beautiful parks within the active center of the city.  Its gardens, lawns, and fountains have made it a gathering place than unifies neighborhoods once divided by the elevated highway.  It has brought a unique mix of tranquil green spaces and vibrant urban streetscapes to downtown Boston.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy manages the parks, supplements them with new plantings, and builds entire new landscapes within the Greenway.  The Conservancy’s horticulture staff is attuned to the behavior of people in parks as well as to the behavior of plants in the city.  They have learned which plants are adapted to the particular demands and stresses of Boston’s urban environment, and they apply those lessons to each new planting.

The Conservancy is also an innovator in the ecological management of urban landscapes, and this tour will include in depth discussion of the Conservancy’s organic horticultural practices. Join tour guides Conservancy Superintendent of Horticulture Stuart Shillaber and Horticulture Foreman Anthony Ruggiero for a behind the scenes tour of the Greenway.  Registrations are limited.  For more information email ela.info@comcast.net. $20 for ELA members, $25 for nonmembers.  Register online at https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1010445.