TEDxBoston 2011

Lisa Gross

Civic Fruit

The Boston Tree Party: Planting Fruit Trees in Civic Space as a Poetic and Political Act

The Boston Tree Party is an urban agriculture project, a performative re-imagining of  American political expression, and a participatory public art project.  At its core, the Party is a diverse coalition of communities from across the Greater Boston Area coming together in support of Civic Fruit. Each community has committed to planting and caring for a pair of heirloom apple trees. Together, these trees form a decentralized public urban orchard that symbolizes a commitment to the environmental health of our city, the vitality and interconnectedness of our communities, and the well-being of the next generation. Over forty communities are participating as “Tree Planting Delegations.”

Curator’s Pick: “At its core, the Boston Tree Party is a diverse coalition of organizations, institutions, and individuals coming together in support of civic fruit.”

For more about the project visit http://www.bostontreeparty.org/.




Lisa is the chairman and founder of the Boston Tree Party and the director and founder of Hybrid Vigor Projects. An artist who works in the field of social practice/social sculpture, her cross-disciplinary projects create opportunities for learning, connection, and multi-sensory engagement. She is the founder and head of the Urban Homesteaders’ League, and an advisor for the “Let’s Talk About Food” initiative at the Museum of Science. She has an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts and is a graduate of Yale University.

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