Sunday, September 6, 2009
The rebuilding of a garden
Is it a condo development? A new playground? No, it's our garden, being rebuilt from the soil up, captured on film in 2004 by Terry McAweeney. She posted the slideshow on YouTube a few days ago and revised it today with a short summary. Having moved out of Jamaica Plain a few years before and unable to garden on the property, I had stayed away for most of reconstruction, so many of these images are almost as new to me as they are to anyone who has moved into the Stonybrook neighborhood during the past five years. With the exception of the few workers who posed, I recognize most of the faces, which include former and present Steering Committee members and neighbors. As you can see in the slideshow, the community was involved even at that stage, digging up concrete from the driveway and foundation of the old Minton Stable, and spreading wood chips for the first paths of the new design. Looking at all the green today, it's hard to imagine the work that was put into laying down the foundation.