The Gardeners' Guild of Braintree has been responsible for overseeing and implementing the Adopt-an-Island Program for the Town of Braintree since 1999.  As coordinator, Kerri Eck became enthusiastic with the opportunity to increase the number of clients which in turn, enrich and beatify our community.  The goal of The Adopt-an-Island Program is to beautify Braintree and at the same time give local businesses or private citizens the chance to encourage patronage by successfully maintaining islands that display a sign with their name on it.  We currently have 29 clients who beautify their locations beginning each season on Memorial Day through the first frost in October/November.  The clients have made an agreement under contract with the Town to keep their adopted areas free of weeds and trash and mowed, if necessary.  Some clients have planters which must be watered and in bloom throughout the season.  Each site is approved for the maintenance season with the first option for renewal given to those who have kept up with their commitment.  It is understood that if improvements have not been made or periodic maintenance has not occurred, this agreement may be cancelled.  A Braintree Beautification sign is displayed at each location with the Town Seal and client or company name. 


The clients and their locations are listed below:

Agnitti Insurance Agency, Inc.                                          Saint Thomas More Rectory

Agnitti Property Management                                            Saint Thomas More Island

Barry's Floral Studio                                                          Island in front of Braintree Rug

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture                                                   Wood Road/Granite Street

Braintree Cooperative Bank                                              Washington/Elm Street 

                                                                                           Washington/Franklin Street

Braintree Police Department                                             Pond Street/Granite Street

Braintree Professional Management Group                      Town Hall side door

Braintree Women's Club                                                   Sunset Lake entrance

Christopher Vaughn Youth Sports Room                          Liberty/Forest Street

Commonwealth Vending, Inc.                                           Capen's Bridge near Archie's

East Braintree Civic Association                                       Smith Beach, 1st gate

Fasano's Catering                                                             Washington/Pond Street

Francis X. Messina Enterprises                                        Island at 5 Corners

The Gardeners' Guild of Braintree                                    Furlong Park

The Graziano Family                                                        Land across from 40 Front Street

Jake's Lawn Care                                                             Island at Sunoco Gas on Liberty

Kathy on the Keys                                                            Heritage Tree/Gilbert Bean Cir.

M. Hermann                                                                      Norfolk County Jail Rotary

Mento Landscape & Paving                                              Island Southside Tavern

Nature's Way Landscaping                                               Elm Street/front of Tuxedo Time

Patricia Spinosa Memorial                                                Saint Thomas More island

Reservoir Avenue Neighbors                                            Reservoir Avenue Circle

Robert Stone Realty                                                         Howie Road/Lakeside

The Snarsky Family                                                          Commercial/Elm/Haywood

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish                                           Capen's Bridge island

Saint Thomas More Catholic Church                                Washington/Church Street

WIlliams Energy                                                                Liberty Street/Saint Claire's

Dorothy Veronica White                                                    Weymouth Ldg.  island - 3 urns

Wonder Days Preschool                                                    Pond/Washington Street


The Adopt an Island Program has a number of available locations ready to be adopted.  They include:

  • Cleveland Avenue and Union Street - Police Station Hill
  • Park Avenue and Standish Avenue - Large Grassy area with bench
  • Old Elm and Elm Street - corner island at ST. Thomas More with trees and shrubs.
  • Ray Lane - Large grassy island
  • West Street/Washington Street - newer concrete block

It may be possible to add other locations to this list.


If you are interested in adopting an island, please complete the Agreement Application and mail your application and $35 fee (payable to The Town of Braintree) to Kerri MacKenzie Eck, 80 Hollingsworth Avenue, Braintree, MA 02184.