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The Gardens at Open Spirit

Come visit our beautiful gardens!

  • Sit on a bench amidst beautiful, colorful flowers and absorb
    nature's peace.

  • Pick berrries in the Edible Forest Garden and enjoy the natural

  • Plant, weed and harvest vegetables as you help to end hunger in Framingham.

  • Bring your compost and add to the pile!

purple lilac
gardens at Open Spirit

Veteran's Healing Garden


In the fall of  2015, employees from Lowe's in Framingham chose to create a Veteran's Healing Garden as their annual "Hero Project." Volunteers from Lowe's, Open Spirit, Edwards Church, and the VA Vet Center spent a long hot day, clearing brush and planting bulbs and bushes.

The result is a lush, colorful garden with benches and a walking path. The VA Vet Center counseling room located on our campus looks out onto the garden.

Edible Forest Garden 


This garden grew out of a collaboration between Open Spirit's One Earth Collaborative and Transition Framingham's Food Forest Fellowship. The garden is an example of "permaculture," a movement that seeks to create landscaping that is in harmony with nature.

The garden is filled with native plants that nourish the soil, use less water, and produce fruit for animals and humans.

The garden, which was started in 2016, has been designed by Andrew Whittaker of Green Abundance by Design.

veteran's garden in bloom

Framingham Community Farm


The newest garden at Open Spirit is the Framingham Community Farm, started by Framingham resident Jessica Kruger. begun with a Project for Peace grant, the mini-farm includes 18 raised beds, built by groups of local volunteers, including FSU's rugby teams, Advocates, and youth from First Parish UUA. 

All the produce grown will be donated to a local organization dedicated to ending hunger in Framingham.

community farm sprouting
community farm sprouting

Interested in Gardening?

Join us in learning about gardening, designing, installing and maintaining gardens. We offer instruction and are always looking for volunteers in help out in one of our gardens on campus.








Community Composting

We have a community compost which provides composting for the entire Open Spirit campus, as well as for those in the community with no composting available at home. For more about Composting at Open Spirit please visit our Composting page.  

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