The Roxbury YMCA garden after planting
The Roxbury YMCA garden after planting

Project Spotlight: Roxbury YMCA Garden

The Roxbury YMCA, COGdesign, and Earthworks began collaborating in 2009 to create a new garden space in a dusty 3,000 square foot courtyard full of compacted soil, spindly grass, and little else. Apart from Y members walking on a dusty “desire line” path from the front door to the parking lot, the area was unused.

COGdesign volunteer Monica Fairbairn designed a new garden along the sidewalk on Martin Luther King Boulevard including trees, flowering shrubs, and perennials. A new path alleviated compaction and improved the visitors’ experience while entering and exiting the Roxbury Y. The plantings emphasize selections which are native plants, hardy and drought tolerant, and requiring limited maintenance.

The new garden was installed in 2011. The garden is a welcome retreat for YMCA patrons and a place for children to gather for nature observation or to enjoy their after-school snacks. It offers the neighborhood an aesthetic experience with its welcoming, harmonious design and ornamental plantings.

Children draw in the Roxbury YMCA garden.
Children draw in the Roxbury YMCA garden.
List of COGdesign Garden projects

For a complete list of COG project sites, see the Project Map and List.

 Cancer Garden of Hope  Boston
 Charlestown Working Theater and Gardens for Charlestown
 COGdesign NurseryGarden  Waltham
 Columbia Point Community Garden Dorchester
 Egleston Square Peace Garden Boston
 Espousal Center Nursery Garden Waltham
 Roxbury YMCA Garden Roxbury
 Shawmut Tunnel Cap Dorchester Center
 Southwest Corridor Community Garden Boston
 The Food Project Boston
 Wright Memorial Community Garden Roxbury