Bedford Garden Club, DPW, and Neighbors will Create Floral Island on Fayette Road

The soon-to-be-beautified island Image Mike Rosenberg (c) 2021 all rights reserved

A traffic island in the Bedford Gardens neighborhood is targeted for a floral makeover, thanks to a collaboration of government, volunteers, and neighbors.

Public Works Director David Manugian told the Select Board last week that the island is on Fayette Road at the convergence of Marion Road and Saran Avenue.

Manugian explained that the Bedford Garden Club reached out to his department to combine forces with the DPW and people who live in the area to resuscitate the lackluster street feature.

He explained that members of the club, with the DPW supplying supplies like mulch, will plant some perennials that don’t need a lot of watering, and the neighborhood will be responsible for maintenance over time. “It’s pretty similar to what we do with other islands,” he added.

“Most of these situations are stand-alone islands,” Manugian said. “There are some in cul de sacs,  and in  the past, in many cases, we worked with the neighborhood at the time the cul de sac was installed.”

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at, or 781-983-1763


  1. I think that it is wonderful that the Garden Club will take on another island and do their always great job. But I wish that an arrangement could be worked out for them to take on Wilson Park. Frankly much of the time it is an embarrassment. Flowers spaced too widely, no care like dead-heading after they are planted, overly mulched, etc. Couldn’t a deal be worked out to give the Garden Club a modest stipend/contract to take this on?

  2. I am a long term Fayette Road resident and very happy to hear this news. Thank you to the Bedford Garden Club and neighbors who are initiating this much needed beautification project. I will do what I can to support the efforts. I would especially love to see a pollinator friendly garden here, which is low maintenance and environmentally friendly.

  3. So happy to see this news. My mother lived on Fayette for 50 years before moving into the nursing facility at Carleton-Willard 3 years ago. She asked the DPW numerous times to add a spicket so she could plant flowers and water them on that island, but was repeatedly turned down. Garden club was low on membership back then and had no one to help. She will be very happy to hear this good news!

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