Gardens & Gardening

Gardeners’ Gathering

March 18, 2023. Free and open to all.

Photo Credit: Whit Wales

Gardeners’ Gathering 

March 18, 2023 

Northeastern University 

Free and open to all 


Celebrate the start of the gardening season! The 47th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering brings Boston-area gardeners together for a free day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. This years’ Gathering features special guest speaker Karen Washington, an NYC-based food justice activist and farmer. The Gathering features more than a dozen workshops as well as the presentation of the Community Garden Awards. See the full program here.

Workshop topics include:

  • Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting
  • Pollinator Gardening
  • Gardening Basics: Planning and Planting
  • Ask a Farmer
  • Kimchi & Vegan Kimchi
  • Backyard Composting: Rich Blessings of Decay
  • Seed Saving as an Act of Resistance
  • Gardening with Fungi
  • Geothermal Greenhouse
  • Beekeeping
  • Kitchen Medicine: Fire Cider & Vinegar Tonics
  • Herbal Allies for Uncertain Times
  • Growing Citrus in New England
  • Greens from March to December: Season Extension
  • Grow Great Garlic!
  • Garden Magic: Growing with Children
  • Starting a Community Garden
  • Act Like a Gardener, Think Like a Farmer

Special guest speaker Karen Washington has a long and deep history of food justice work. She has worked for, started, and/or helped lead numerous organizations including New York City Community Garden Coalition, New York Botanical Gardens, La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, Black Urban Growers, Soul Fire Farm, Black Farmer Fund, and Why Hunger. Karen has received recognitions and awards from Ebony magazine, the James Beard Foundation, Essence magazine, and Forbes magazine.


  • 10AM Shillman Hall (115 Forsyth St): Exhibitors’ Gallery (all day)
  • 10:45AM Egan Center (120 Forsyth St): Keynote & Community Garden Awards
  • 12:15 Lunch Break with food trucks
  • 1 – 5PM Shillman Hall – Gardening & Urban Homesteading Workshops & Exhibitors

Getting there

MBTA: Ruggles and Northeastern stops.

Parking is available for $20 at the Renaissance Garage, 835 Columbus Ave (that is the only entrance to drive into, do not follow Google Maps to a back or side entrance; it’s wrong). You can exit the side of the garage, go up and through Ruggles Station, and leave through the Forsyth Street exit. From there, Shillman Hall is ahead to the left and the Egan Center is ahead to the right. Campus Map:

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