This Year's Challenge: Community Gardens

Update! We're extending the deadline for applications by one week! Applications are now due by June 18th, 2018 at 9 AM. You can apply here.

In partnership with The Trustees, The Fenway Garden Society, and presenting sponsor TD Bank, we are seeking ideas for designer-driven installations and events at three community gardens in Boston.

The installations should support at least one of the following:

  • Storytelling and Community Conversations
  • Community Dinners
  • Performances e.g., music, dance, or theater
  • Interactive Play

Three Gardens

You can propose installations at one of three gardens: Nightingale Community Garden in Dorchester, Chilcott & Granada Community Garden in Jamaica Plain, or the Fenway Victory Gardens.

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Nightingale Community Garden

The Nightingale Community Garden is a 1.25-acre garden with 133 garden plots. It has a central concrete plaza with a large sun shelter, which is good for a variety of events.

Download a site plan here.

Chilcott & Granada Community Garden

Within a five-minute walk of Franklin Park, Chilcott & Granada is a park-like community garden with 12 individual garden plots. The majority of the property consists of a lawn, trees, and a public walkway, which extends from Chilcott Place to Granada Park.

Download a site plan here.

Fenway Victory Gardens

Established in 1942 in the Fens, the Fenway Victory Gardens are the oldest continuously-operating Victory gardens in the United States. It is approximately 7.5 acres of City of Boston parkland with 500 garden plots.


You can apply here.

Make sure your application is submitted by June 18th, 2018 at 9 AM.

Project Guidelines

  • Submissions should include a proposed budget, which should be in range of $5,000 - $9,500.
  • Submissions should aim to make gardens more inviting, functional, user friendly, and fun.
  • Submissions must be implemented by the second week of July 2018.
  • Winning teams are also responsible for hosting four community events related to their project by September 30th, 2018.
  • Submitted ideas should aspire to have an inherent sense of wonderment and discovery built into them.

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