Garden concert series comes to Wheatland Avenue

Reporter Staff
Jul. 10, 2013

Deborah and Giovani Rocha entertained neighbors of the Julian, Judson, and Dean community garden in Dorchester in 2012. Photo courtesy BNAN

Boston’s community gardens will come alive again this summer with Sounds of the Garden a series of free concerts featuring local artists. The concerts —including one in Dorchester— are lively, family entertainment and fun for the whole family.

The 2013 Sounds of the Garden summer community garden concert series kicks off with Deborah and Giovanni Rocha performing lively Brazilian inspired originals and samba and bossa nova standards at the South End’s Northampton Community Garden on Wed., July 17 at 6 p.m. Families are invited to join the fun at the Northampton Community Garden located 89 Northampton Street in the South End.

Dorchester’s Wheatland Avenue Community Garden will host the next Sounds of the Garden concert featuring the inspiring music of Carolyn Waters and Kenny Selcer on Wed., July 24 at 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy a blend of jazz, funk and blues through impressive guitar and soulful singing. The Wheatland Avenue Community Garden is located at 86 Wheatland Avenue in Dorchester.

Sounds of the Garden concludes the series at the Mission Hill Community Garden with Lloyd Thayer performing the blues with old standards mixed in along with new tunes all on the resonator guitar and harmonica. Come dance, sing along and taste some local garden snacks while enjoying a summer evening on Wed., July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Mission Hill Community Garden located on Park Street between Allegheny and Oscar Streets in Mission Hill

“Community gardens are always alive with excitement from gardeners and neighbors,” said Valerie Burns, BNAN president. “Sounds of the Garden is a way to welcome the broader community into the garden.”

Dancing and audience participation is encouraged. Children are welcome and participants should remember to bring a blanket or chair. The free concert series, now in its tenth season, is generously funded and produced by Ellen Schmidt and Jake Kensinger. The one hour concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or visit for more information.