Helping Friends Care for Historic Parks

The Friends of the Public Garden was founded in 1970, and is now over 2,500 members strong. Becoming a member of the Friends means helping to care for the 1,700 trees that grow in the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, as well the historic and beloved sculptures and extensive turf that endures constant use. Members of the Friends support the necessary level of care for these important parks that are enjoyed by tens of thousands of community members who use them as neighborhood parks and visitors who travel great distances to experience these Boston landmarks.

April is the perfect time to join in the care of these parks, as it is Membership Month at the Friends of the Public Garden. Anyone who becomes a member of the Friends this month is entered into a drawing to win dinner for four at Toscano.

“Every new member increases our influence and gives us more strength to protect the parks we all love so much. We look to welcoming many new members this month,” said Alli Achtmeyer, who is co-chairing Membership Month with fellow Beacon Hill resident Katherine O’Keeffe.

Prospective members are invited to a Meet the Friends reception on April 30th to learn more about the organization and its mission while enjoying a wine and cheese.

In celebration of Membership Month the Friends also launched a Photo Contest and is encouraging members of the Instagram community to take pictures of the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall and tag #FOPGContest in the caption. The five participants who get the most “Likes” on their photos on Instagram will have the chance to win a year-long membership to the Friends, as well as two tickets to the annual Summer Party—held at the Taj Hotel rooftop in July. Five finalists with the top number of likes will be invited to the Friends reception on April 30.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Friends can join online, by mailing in, or by attending the reception and all will be entered into the drawing for the Toscano dinner. Learn more at


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