Friends of the Muddy River invite you to join us for our Annual Meeting and Special Program: The Life of Trees along the Emerald Necklace Parkways

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street

There will be a brief business meeting at 6:30 to elect Board members, etc.

Main Program at 7:00pm:  The Life of Trees along the Emerald Necklace Parkways

Presented by Emerald Necklace Conservancy Overseers, Elena Saporta, Landscape Architect, JoAnn Robinson, Landscape Researcher, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum  and Jack Kelley, Arborist and Project Manager, Bartlett Tree Experts

With a grant from the law firm of Ropes and Gray to the Olmsted Tree Society, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy has just completed the planting of 150 Northern Red Oaks along the Parkways of the Emerald Necklace. The above speakers will talk about their research in the state of the art tree planting and soil amendment protocols. Bartlett Tree Experts is the contractor in charge of this work.


The Friends of the Muddy River  was founded in 1980 by Isabella M. Callanan (1928-2008) along with a handful of Boston and Brookline citizens concerned with the environment and quality of the Muddy River and its surrounding parkland.  We are committed to the maintenance, restoration and preservation of this valuable urban green space and fine example of Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and skill as a landscape architect.  The Muddy River at Riverway Park is the border between the City of Boston and the Town of Brookline. The Friends support each of their park programs.  We are a member of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and a Boston Park Partner.  Our activities include storm drain stenciling, cleanups, water testing, plantings, tree mulching, nature walks and summer concerts.  Our Riverway Concert Series has been held in the park since 1985.

Interested in becoming a member? Click here for our Membership Form.

Our latest newsletter Friends of the Muddy River.

Executive Board 

Cheryl Kelley, Co-President

Brenda Lew, Co-President

Carroll Williamson, Treasurer

Lee Cooke-Childs

Kris Messler

Pat Nagano

Fred Perry

Kirsten Waerstad

Contact Information:

Friends of the Muddy River, Inc.

10 Bowker Street

Brookline, MA 02445-6955

(617) 566-9720