The Generous Gardeners working hard..and “What a difference a day makes makes!”
Generous Gardeners made it to O’Maley Saturday morning to install grasses in the front school beds, after the great reconstruction job completed by the DPW. I’m sharing the whole process with you to see how it evolved. Today I was working with Susan Kelly and Jamie Friend who were patient with the layout process and then we planted. We put in feather reed, zebra, muly, and Japanese forest grasses which have different heights and colors for interest against the building. It should be beautiful. We did all this in three hours!
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 Fisherman at the Wheel Memorial (Man at the Wheel) by Leonard Craske
March 2019 (below) vs May 2020 (above)
Excerpt from my post March 2019 about the garden revamp-
The Elizabeth Gordon Smith (Betty Smith) park & gardens were cleared and the small Picture garden past Stacy Boulevard’s Avis R. Murray tennis courts was unearthed. Because Gloucester garden groups pre-date 1900, it’s especially moving to see the work in progess shoring up inspiring legacy connections. Incredible volunteers past and present serve the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW). Stacy Boulevard & Stage Fort Park advocates like Betty Smith, Louise Loud & the Gloucester Civic & Garden Council tended and protected Gloucester’s natural beauty — the very same grounds that are so lovingly served now by dynamos like Ann Gilardi Johnson and Susan Kelly & the Generous Gardeners. Plaques for Lucy Brown Davis, tribute by her sister Catalina Davis, and for Lucy P. Rogers, “president of the Gloucester’s Woman’s Club 1927-29″, are nearby.
Walker Hancock TRITON TRIBUTE PLAQUE / PAINTED SIGN TRANSCRIPTION:
THE SCULPTURE- Triton was the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. He was thought to be able to control the sea’s wild movement by blowing his conch shell.
THE SCULPTOR- Walker Hancock a sculptor of international reputation and a long time resident of Gloucester
THE PARK- The Gloucester Civic & Garden Council created this park to honor Betty Smith its founder, a woman who has dedicated more than thirty years of her life to preserving the natural beauty of Gloucester.
We hope this small island of beauty will inspire visitors to cherish and create their own beauty wherever they go.
Generous Gardeners and the DPW have worked together to renovate the gardens at the base of the Fitz Henry Lane House property. It looks great already after being cleared out, planted and edged. I’m sure there will be many blooms to follow.
Love the color of this flower from Stacy Boulevard.
Stacy Boulevard looks so beautiful thanks to Generous Gardeners.
Thank you to Generous Gardeners for all their hard work on all the gardens in the city.
The other day it was so nice and decided to take a walk on Stacy Boulevard, thank you to Generous Gardeners, love Harbor View Inn’s new decorations and of course some pretty Eiders.
The tulips on Stacy Boulevard are beautiful and doing clean up at Good Harbor early in the morning was the only way to start your day.
On Sunday with no sun, the tulips on Stacy Boulevard glowed. They are amazing. Thank you Generous Gardeners.
Thank you to Generous Gardeners for all their work all around our beautiful city.
Plant Sale, Saturday, May 18, 2019
Thank you Generous Gardeners
Plant sale May 18th 9 to 1:00 on the boulevard by the tennis courts! Please dig, divide, and share, drop off Friday afternoon on the boulevard! It’s all about the beautification of our beautiful city of Gloucester!🌺🌻🌷💐😀
I was honored when Susan Kelly invited me to see the new plans for a beautiful gardens at the Betty Smith Park. This pretty spot is behind the tennis courts on Stacy Boulevard. You may recognize this sculpture in the attached photo of Triton.
Generous Gardeners also has merged with the Gloucester Civic and Garden Council.
Below please find the plans hand colored drawing from Ann Johnson ASLA.
Generous Gardeners will be adding 4 light post and 2 benches. The poison ivy will be cleared out so the beautiful flowers and trees can thrive. Susan would like to thank the DPW for their help. Generous Gardeners will be doing the work on their own. Also this year the gardeners have planted another 27,000 tulips on the Boulevard. These volunteers are amazing with their dedication and hard work. Ann Johnson one of the Landscape Architects volunteers was one of the landscape Architects in Boston at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Very impressive group.
Board of Directors
Susan Kelly, President
Nancy Mertens, Clerk
Chuck Kelly, Treasurer
There is much exciting work in progress along Stacy Boulevard including welcome tributes to women. Incremental aesthetic improvements, public access, ease of movement, and celebration of culture require many hands and deliver a huge impact. Here is a brief description of the special current projects and some people involved.
Two revitalized and enhanced gardens beyond the tennis courts will emphasize generations of care
“Remarkable support comes from volunteer expertise like award winning designer Ann Geraldi Johnson and Susan Kelly and the Generous Gardeners who have stepped up as the city’s groundskeepers on the boulevard.” Mike Hale, Director of Public Works
The Elizabeth Gordon Smith (Betty Smith) garden was cleared and the small Picture garden past the boulevard tennis courts was unearthed. Because Gloucester garden groups pre-date 1900, it’s especially moving to see the work in progess shoring up inspiring legacy connections. Incredible volunteers past and present serve the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW). Stacy Boulevard & Stage Fort Park advocates like Betty Smith, Louise Loud & the Gloucester Civic & Garden Council tended and protected Gloucester’s natural beauty — the very same grounds that are so lovingly served now by dynamos like Ann Gilardi Johnson and Susan Kelly & the Generous Gardeners. Plaques for Lucy Brown Davis, tribute by her sister Catalina Davis, and for Lucy P. Rogers ” president of the Gloucester’s Woman’s Club 1927-29″ are nearby.
photos: Betty Smith garden IN PROGRESS February (overgrowth and clearing underway–poison ivy was found) vs. March and can’t wait to experience the AFTER!
Continue reading “Stacy Boulevard: Walker Hancock Triton sculpture, Betty Smith gardens & tennis courts to the East, and Blynman Bridge & railings to the West – more stunning investment #GloucesterMA thanks to DPW, Ann Gilardi Johnson, Generous Gardeners, CPA, DOT”