South Boston Probation Employee Maintains Garden in Memory of Colleague
It is spring again and Probation Office Manager Ann Connolly at Boston Municipal Court (BMC)-South Boston Division is preparing for planting season at the Jack Leary Memorial Garden of Hope, a flower garden named in honor of South Boston Assistant Chief Probation Officer Jack Leary who passed away April 7th, 2007. Leary was a 40-year Probation employee.
Each year since Leary’s death, Connolly has tended the garden in front of BMC-South Boston on East Broadway Street. Although the colorful blooms of the fast-growing impatiens are most noticeable during the warmer months, tending to the flower bed book-ended by two large red clay plots brimming with flowers and rubber plant stalks, is a year-round effort for Connolly.
“From May to September, the flower arrangements are planted. We typically plant impatiens because they spread and grow high. The blooms are pink, purple, and white. In September, we clean out the plot and plant tulips. In October, we place a pumpkin out there. At Christmas, we place a wreath,” said Connolly.
The garden is also a community project. Connolly credits the City of Boston’s Parks Department for donating the flowers and help with the manual task of planting. She said many people who knew Jack or were impacted by him and his work with probationers can be found pausing in front of the flower bed.
“Jack was a really wonderful man who was loved by so many and he touched so many people’s lives. The garden is a great way of remembering Jack and all that he did to help people,” Connolly said.