BOSTON — A garden in South Beach will open in Boston on Wednesday for the first time in years, and it won’t be the only one.
Aria Gardens, a South Beach neighborhood in the Dorchester area, will be the first in Massachusetts to feature a garden in the South Boston neighborhood, and its opening is a significant step toward bringing the city’s most famous neighborhood to the suburbs, where residents say the area is still not as developed.
The garden will open at a vacant lot on South Beach Boulevard, a strip of undeveloped land between Route 128 and Route 133, the main road in South Shore and a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
It will be an ode to a community that is increasingly being recognized as one of the most diverse and diverse places in the world, said Daniel Sussman, a longtime resident of South Beach.
“We’re still working out what the community wants, what the people want, but I know people want the garden, and I think they want a green space,” Sussmans wife, Angela, said in a telephone interview.
Sussmans family moved to South Beach from the Bronx in 1990 and began to cultivate their gardens in the 1990s.
In the past decade, they have grown to more than 40 gardens, including one on the corner of South Ave.
and St. Mary’s Street.
The Sussmills, who have two daughters, were excited about opening a garden at a time when the area was undergoing rapid gentrification.
But they worried about the potential environmental impact of creating a public park, and also worried that residents would not be able to access the gardens if the park were located near a school.
I thought it was a really good idea to open the garden to the community, said Sussmann, who has also written a book on the topic, ”South Beach: The Hidden Garden.”
“I think there’s been a lot of pressure from the community to make a place like this,” he said.
In the past five years, South Beach has seen a steep increase in the number of gentrification and commercial development, and in recent years, the area has become a magnet for the influx of tourists and other immigrants.
In 2011, the city approved a $40 million development called South Beach Crossing, which will create a mixed-use project, with retail and a restaurant on the ground floor and apartments and condos on the second and third floors.
The Sussms have not been able to secure a construction permit yet, but they expect to have the land for the project by the end of the year.
Atria Gardens will be open to the public for one week a month beginning at 7 a.m.
There will be two parking lots, one on each corner of the lot.
Daniel Suss-man, an avid gardener who grew up in the Bronx and now lives in South Carolina, said he is excited about being able to open his own garden.
He plans to do it in South Bayside, which is also near South Beach and has a large number of restaurants and stores.
If there is a way that we can build a park in South Bay, we can certainly do that, Susseman said.
“We’re just not as advanced as we should be.
I think the neighborhood is still kind of struggling.”
The neighborhood was named in honor of its founder, Azaleas founder, Mary Ann Azale.
Azale is remembered for being a pioneering plant breeder who brought diversity to the area in the early 1900s, when the city banned marijuana and other drugs from being grown.
As more people moved to the neighborhood, the neighborhood became more commercialized, and the Susss moved to build a restaurant in their garden.
The Azaleans have not opened their garden yet, said Angela Suss, but her husband plans to open one in the near future.
She said they were excited to open their first garden after many years of not having the space to grow and preserve vegetables.
For more information on Azale’s garden, visit azaleas.com.
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