Recently, I visited the Fenway Victory Gardens, located on seven acres near Fenway Park in Boston. It is the nation’s only remaining, continuously operating WWII Victory Gardens founded by the Roosevelt Administration. During WWII over 20 million victory gardens were grown by Americans and produced nearly half of all the vegetables consumed during the war.
It’s a pretty impressive garden with 500 plots. Talking to a few of the gardeners and walking around you get a clear idea of just how enormous this garden is and how diverse the gardeners are.
I saw plots about 15 by 25 that looked like a back patio with chairs, a few flowers and a tomato plant and I saw others with every inch planted with things to eat. I also saw beautifully landscaped plots of trees, shrubs and flowers and other plots that were pretty much a tangle of weeds. There is also a learning center with bees! And I saw more than one garden with elevated raised beds.