The Newton Centre Garden is an amazing display of exquisite specimens even in the fall. A garden with seasonal interest is labr of love and planning. We can be grateful to the Newton Community Pride’s Beautification Committee for their many volunteer hours. They not only maintain this award-winning garden path but several other green spaces around Newton.
I recently became aware of the Newton Centre garden while strolling through the Newton Harvest Fair a few weeks ago. The garden path is located on the Centre Street side of the Newton parking lot and is a designated ASA Display Garden. ASA is a national gardening organization with a mission to promote the seed propagation of quality varieties of flowers and vegetables. There are less than 200 ASA (All American Selections) Display Gardens in the US and only 2 in Massachusettes. Garden groups must apply and adhere to strict guidelines, for example, the garden must be located in a public place and be thriving for at least 2 years. Plantings must be nurtured from seed to flower and from ASA quality seedlings. The garden must include 40-50 award wining varieties. (Read more at www.all-americaselections.org.)
The all-volunteer organization works the Newton Community Pride Greenhouse planting award winning seedlings and eventually placing the plants in the Newton Centre Garden as well as other Newton “Green” spaces. These happy gardeners must be commended for modeling excellence in “green” living.
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today and yesterday.” –Author unknown.