Plants & Landscapes

The Greenway is an urban oasis thanks to our pioneering approach to landscape management, as well as our rich diversity of trees, shrubs, plants and beautiful blooms. Take a nature walk in the heart of the city. You never know what you’ll discover.

Sustainability Efforts

We’re one of the only public parks in the region with a landscape that is maintained completely organically. Our approach reflects the latest science about sustainable and healthy ecosystems. It means no synthetic fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides are used to keep our park looking beautiful, no pollutants run-off into Boston Harbor to harm marine life, and children and pets can play safely on our lawns.

The Conservancy also participates in Plantlife’s Now Mow May annually, an international initiative meant to support pollinators, reduce lawn inputs, and grow healthier lawns. Though our more high-use lawn areas don’t participate in No Mow May, our goal is to be able to maintain the lush lawns that our community uses every day while also benefiting pollinators, conserving water, and reducing environmental inputs.

These best practices in organic park care are more economical, and the environment is healthier for people and plants alike.

Greenway Meadow

An urban wildflower meadow, brought to you by the Greenway Conservancy. Our wildflower meadow is beginning to bloom and support the pollinators in our parks.

Greenway Beehives

Our hives, which are fenced off from the public at the corner of Cross St and Commercial St, are home to colonies of Italian honey bees, Apis mellifera ligustica, known to be especially docile and great honey producers. The bees are active from early spring through late fall, collecting nectar and helping to pollinate flowers and edible plants up to three miles away!

Pollinator Ribbon

In 2016, the Conservancy began introducing a series of new garden spaces intended to connect a corridor of plants designed to attract and support pollinator species. This Pollinator Ribbon weaves the entire length of The Greenway from Chinatown to the North End.

Carolyn Lynch Garden

The Carolyn Lynch Garden on The Greenway is designed with an array of bright colors, seasonal blooms and a rich diversity of textures, heights and personalities. Renovated and endowed with the generous support of the Lynch Foundation, the garden is dedicated to Carolyn Hoff Lynch, an avid gardener and a leading philanthropist, who passed away in 2015.

Armenian Heritage Park

Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway welcomes all in celebration of the immigrant experience, and graces public space with design features to engage all ages to come together on common ground.  The Abstract Sculpture, a split rhomboid dodecahedron, commemorates the immigrant experience.