MAGNOLIAS AT THE GLOUCESTER HARBORWALK GARDEN (AND CLEANUP SUNDAY MORNING)

Yesterday while in Boston to meet with clients at their home on Comm. Ave, I couldn’t help but take a snapshot of the glorious saucer magnolias blooming along the avenue. I wished I’d had more time because just as I was leaving, the sun began to poke out. The stunning display that you see lining the south-facing side is … Continue reading MAGNOLIAS AT THE GLOUCESTER HARBORWALK GARDEN (AND CLEANUP SUNDAY MORNING)

Due to Inclement Weather Predicted: Friends of the HarborWalk Garden Cleanup is Postponed Until Sunday Morning at 9am

What a challenge to try to schedule HarborWalk cleanups during the month of April! There’s just one more border along I4-C2, thanks to all our super awesome volunteers, and most gratefully to Lise Breen, who very kindly and all by herself last weekend cleaned up the other half of I4-C2. I will be there Sunday morning at 9am, … Continue reading Due to Inclement Weather Predicted: Friends of the HarborWalk Garden Cleanup is Postponed Until Sunday Morning at 9am

Community Call for HELP with the HarborWalk Gardens and a Photography Workshop Offer You Won’t Want to Miss!!

Okay so I’m in a bit of a bind, perhaps of my own making, but a bind nevertheless. Two years ago there was a formal nationwide public call for art for the HarborWalk. My grand idea was to purchase a projector and audio equipment for outdoor screenings and show films on an inflatable screen at I4-C2, along … Continue reading Community Call for HELP with the HarborWalk Gardens and a Photography Workshop Offer You Won’t Want to Miss!!

Cape Ann Milkweed Project Update and HarborWalk Gardens Cleanup Update

Thank you so much everyone for your enthusiasm to plant more milkweed! What a terrifically caring bunch of FOBs we have here on GMG, and a what a terrific response to come home to! I apologize for my delayed response. I was in NYC with family celebrating our son’s 21st birthday. In the next few days, we’ll post the official order form. The projected pick up date … Continue reading Cape Ann Milkweed Project Update and HarborWalk Gardens Cleanup Update

Come Join Me for a Guided Tour of the Butterfly Gardens at the HarborWalk

Please come join me on Saturday, July 13th, at 1:00 and at 2:00, for guided tours of the butterfly gardens at the Gloucester HarborWalk. The guided tour is included in the cost of the ticket for the Gloucester Garden Tour. Please feel free to email me with any questions about the butterfly garden tour at the HarborWalk … Continue reading Come Join Me for a Guided Tour of the Butterfly Gardens at the HarborWalk

springtime Stacy Boulevard | Fishermen’s Wives memorial, Man at the Wheel, and all those tulips & blooms thanks to Generous Gardeners volunteers #GloucesterMA

  May 2020, Gloucester, Mass. Original concept designs for Stacy Boulevard in 1908 were by Thomas Warren Sears,  major 20th century landscape designer and Olmsted student.  Recent garden expansions were designed by Ann Gilardi Johnson with DPW for the City of Gloucester and with Generous Gardeners. The Betty Smith Garden has sprung, too! Gloucester’s Fishermen’s … Continue reading springtime Stacy Boulevard | Fishermen’s Wives memorial, Man at the Wheel, and all those tulips & blooms thanks to Generous Gardeners volunteers #GloucesterMA

SAVE THE DATE: ECOLOGICAL GARDENING SYMPOSIUM AT ELM BANK WELLSELEY

Please join me on Wednesday, November 7th, from 1:00 to 5:00pm where I am one of three presenters for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank. I hope to see you there! Discover new ways to garden, and new plants to select to make your home more sustainable in three presentations that address methods and … Continue reading SAVE THE DATE: ECOLOGICAL GARDENING SYMPOSIUM AT ELM BANK WELLSELEY

HELP WITH THE HARBORWALK AND THANK YOU MAGGIE ROSA!!!

Would you like to help us spruce up the pollinator gardens at the HarborWalk? The wonderful Maggie Rosa called last week expressing interest in helping care for the garden. We had a nice walk through the HarborWalk and talked about weed versus wildflower. Maggie has already made a tremendous improvement. If you would like to volunteer, I’ll … Continue reading HELP WITH THE HARBORWALK AND THANK YOU MAGGIE ROSA!!!

Look and look again: The HarborWalk Fishermen’s Wharf exhibit is deeply channeled, joining discussion with fine art, business and community, wharf and sea.

Cat Ryan submits- Keep in mind that the installation is a work-in-progress. Look for updates and notices of an official unveiling! Look and look again: The spiffed up HarborWalk Fishermen’s Wharf exhibit is deeply channeled–joining fine art and discussion, business and community, wharf and sea. Keep in mind that the installation is a work-in-progress. Look … Continue reading Look and look again: The HarborWalk Fishermen’s Wharf exhibit is deeply channeled, joining discussion with fine art, business and community, wharf and sea.

Kim Smith Event for Essex County Greenbelt, Thursday March 5th: Planting An Essex County Pollinator Garden

 Catbird Eating Dogwood Fruits Please join me at the Essex County Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation headquarters on Thursday, March 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30. I will be presenting my pollinator garden program. The event is free. RSVP to alice@ecga.org. I look forward to seeing you!  Painted Lady Butterfly and New York Ironweed, Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly Garden From the … Continue reading Kim Smith Event for Essex County Greenbelt, Thursday March 5th: Planting An Essex County Pollinator Garden

Pollinator Gardening Tip: Deadheading

Tufted titmouse ~ Baeolophus bicolor In my garden design practice, the topic of deadheading flowers comes up often, especially at this time of year. The habitat garden is designed for people and for pollinators and the objective is to find a balance between the two. Esthetically speaking, to some, a garden only looks its best when every plant is … Continue reading Pollinator Gardening Tip: Deadheading

September 20 BLOCK PARTY HarborWalk – Trails and Sails – Harbortown – Committee for the Arts

Cat Ryan submits- Thanks to Ringo, MBT Electricians, Parsons Street was ready and lit as darkness fell. Downtown Block Party overlapped with the first weekend of Essex National Heritage annual Trails and Sails (Sept 19-21 and 26-28). James Owen Calderwood, the artist who created FISH NET, was here to experience both events, help set up … Continue reading September 20 BLOCK PARTY HarborWalk – Trails and Sails – Harbortown – Committee for the Arts

Beth Van Duzer sends a doozy of a thank you and JAWS THIS WEDNESDAY HARBORWALK CINEMA

Cat Ryan submits- Hi Joey, Over 1000 people attended the Lego Movie Wednesday night. Gloucester Stage sponsored a fun one. Markouk sold out. Jaws is presented by Cape Ann TV. Great job Matt Coogan, Community Development, Carol Thistle, Mack and Zak; North Shore 104.9 team; Wenham Museum; and Rob Newton Cape Ann Community Cinema for … Continue reading Beth Van Duzer sends a doozy of a thank you and JAWS THIS WEDNESDAY HARBORWALK CINEMA

(Hopefully) Dispelling Some Misconceptions About the HarborWalk

Window to the Working Waterfront ~ View from the HarborWalk A little-remembered fact is that the HarborWalk artists were chosen from an applicant pool of local Cape Ann artists, as well as non-local residents. The public call to art was made over a period of several months, and it was widely publicized on this blog and … Continue reading (Hopefully) Dispelling Some Misconceptions About the HarborWalk

Art Update downtown: T.S. Eliot and Joan of Arc go large in Justin Desilva’s HarborWalk Public Art

Since winning a Gloucester HarborWalk public art award, artist Justin Desilva has been busy working on maps and plans, iterations of murals, experimenting with digital printing, paint, and adhesives under varying conditions to ready his site-specific project in town this summer. Today, Desilva’s art ideas are underfoot, literally.  Walk by the Legion and Main Street … Continue reading Art Update downtown: T.S. Eliot and Joan of Arc go large in Justin Desilva’s HarborWalk Public Art

Monarchs at the HarborWalk Zinnia Patch!

This past week while I am home enjoying a staycation (why would anyone ever want to leave Gloucester during the summer?), I have been working on HarborWalk butterfly garden improvements, alongside some outstandingly helpful volunteers. Imagine our delight when a beautiful Mama Monarch flew on the secene. After nectaring from the zinnias, I was hoping she would deposit her eggs on the Marsh Milkweed, strategically … Continue reading Monarchs at the HarborWalk Zinnia Patch!

Thank You So Much to Our Friends, New and Old, of the HarborWalk!

Thank you Beth, Lynn, Frieda, Catherine, Mary Jo, Lise, Susan, Deborah, and Roger for a super meeting and weeding this morning. Thank you to all our newest “Friends of the HarborWalk” members who, although could not make it this morning, have expressed interest in helping. If you would like to join the Friends of the … Continue reading Thank You So Much to Our Friends, New and Old, of the HarborWalk!