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Monarda at The Gateway Garden
Flower at The Gateway Garden
Cornflower at The Gateway Garden


Recruiting New Board Members

Help Blair Street Gardens plan this year's season in our two gardens. BSG is recruiting new Board members to begin this March. BSG maintains The Gateway Garden on Willy Street - many of you walk, drive, or bike by it nearly every day. It's the small park across from Machinery Row Bikes at the intersection of Willy, Wilson, and Blair Streets and John Nolen Drive. BSG also maintains Wilson Green up the hill toward the Capitol on East Wilson Street across from Come Back Inn. We are looking for new Board members to guide the gardens this season and next. We hold at least one Board meeting a year, sometimes two, and also keep in touch via email. We also ask Board members to help with gardening chores on an as needed or scheduled basis. And if you're detail oriented and like to keep track of money, we're also in need of a Treasurer.

Contact if you're interested. Thanks for your consideration.

Volunteer Event - November 12

Thanks to the four volunteers who dressed warmly on November 12th and got the job done at Wilson Green, one of the two gardens maintained by BSG. An electric hedge trimmer made short work of the stems and debris. And we picked up lots of litter! Hoping friends can join us next spring.

Wilson Green volunteers cleaned up for the winter on November 12, 2022


Update on Street Construction Affecting The Gateway Garden

The reconstruction of "the hairball intersection" at John Nolan Drive and Williamson, Wilson and Blair Streets has temporarily destroyed the area of The Gateway Garden that we call "the point". A retaining wall containing an historic plaque was removed, along with tons of soil. The city and state have promised that the area will be restored to its original condition. The city gave us several dozen plants to replace the ones destroyed, and they are being cared for at a Board member's house until they can be planted. Hopefully, all this will be over in a few weeks.

Photo showing destrudtion of retaining wall at The Point


Treasurer Still Needed

Do you like to count money? BSG is looking for a volunteer to handle the duties of Treasurer. Duties take an average of 2 hours a month, less in some months, more in others. Duties include maintaining financial records and mailing lists, handling mail, paying bills, processing contributions, etc. Ideally, the volunteer should be familiar with Excel. If interested or for more information, email BSG at


New Bench Installed at The Gateway Garden

We are pleased to announce that BSG has installed a second bench at The Gateway Garden. The bench honors Jeff Kuesel, one of BSG’s co-founders. Due to his tireless dedication over nearly 30 years, the BSG continues today. Jeff handled the administration and fundraising, and he spent endless hours planting spring bulbs and summer annuals and tending to the perennials and shrubs. Many of you will remember seeing him working in the Gardens in all kinds of weather during evenings and weekends. Thank you to all who contributed! The bench, designed by local artists Michael Burns and Kevin Earley, is made of white oak and aluminum.

Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel on one of our benches
Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel on one of our benches
Mike Burns and Kevin Earley
Mike burns and Kevin Earley, designers, creators, and installers
Plaque commemorating Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel
Plaque commemorating Co-Founder Jeff Kuesel


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Interested in Serving on the Board?

If you are interested in helping to guide Blair Street Gardens of the next season, please consider joining the Board. Responsibilities include 1-3 meetings a year plus being available for input by e-mail. Or, if you prefer, you can participate on an informal basis. Contact if you are interested.

Consider memorializing a loved one by purchasing a tree or bench. Click here for details.

If you would like to contribute, please go to our Donate to the Gardens page.

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