Minton Stable Garden Potluck

This evening I stopped by the first potluck of the year at the Minton Stable Garden two blocks away from my place. I sauteed up the collard greens from my CSA and they actually got eaten (even by some kids). Thanks to Laurel for sharing some of her fish–I came away with to nice pieces of sea bass.

The Minton Stable Garden was built on an old stable that fell into disrepair but was reclaimed by a group of dedicated gardeners from the neighborhood. Due to their hard work, the space is now a permanent community garden part of the Boston Natural Areas Network.

The evening a memorial was dedicated to John Carroll, the first person to begin gardening here and one of the chief stewards of the space. He died in November and this potluck was a chance for friends, family, and community members to pay tribute to him and spread his ashes in the garden that he worked so hard to create.

This video gives a brief portrait of what he was like:


2 responses to “Minton Stable Garden Potluck”

  1. Minna Scholten Avatar
    Minna Scholten

    Hello Tim,
    You don’t know me – I just stumbled upon your blog after doing a little research about the Minton Stable Garden. I attended the September potluck last night and had a lovely time. I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful post on the garden, especially the video of John Carroll. I didn’t know much about the history of the garden, and I now am so excited to find out more. It seems he was an amazing man, and very inspiring. So much of the story of a place is wrapped up in the stories of people. You have a great project in your hands! My husband and I live on Brookley Road – I hope to see you around the neighborhood some time! Despite my shyness, I am trying to dig a little deeper into the neighborhood, so if you would like to email me some time and share more about what your are doing, please feel free!
    Best Wishes,
    Minna Scholten

  2. Hi Minna, Thanks for stopping by  and I hope we get a chance to talk more. People in the neighborhood are very friendly, in my experience, but we just don't cross paths as often as we would like. Are you on the email list of the Stoneybrook Neighborhood Association? That's good place to meet people and find out what's going on. Tim