FOPG Launches New Membership Drive

May 13, 2014

The Friends of the Public Garden has launched a spring membership drive with an enticing incentive. Anyone who joins the Friends by May 22 will be entered into a drawing to win lunch for two at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Bristol Lounge.

“We look forward to welcoming new members to our organization, and we are grateful to the Four Seasons for its generous donation,” said Anne Brooke, president of the Friends.

A membership organization open to all, the Friends was founded in 1970 by concerned citizens. It works closely with the Boston Parks Department to protect and enhance three of Boston’s historic parks: the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. For four decades, the Friends has funded the expert care of trees and plantings, the maintenance and restoration of sculptures and fountains, and major improvement projects like the Brewer Fountain Plaza renovation. It has been a staunch advocate to protect the parks from misuse and encroachment.

“None of this could have been accomplished without the support of our members,” Brooke said.

To cap off the membership drive, the Friends will host a wine-and-cheese reception in the Friends office at 69 Beacon St. on Thurs., May 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. President Anne Brooke and Executive Director Liz Vizza will speak briefly, and exhibits detailing the Friends work in the parks will be on display.

The drawing for the lunch at the Bristol Lounge will take place at the end of the reception. Those who cannot attend the reception can also be entered into the drawing by joining online before May 22 at or by calling 617-723-8144 for a membership form. Membership starts at only $25.

Reservations for the reception are required due to limited space; R.S.V.P. to 617-723-8144 or For more information about the Friends of the Public Garden, visit

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