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Friday Favorite: Community Gardens

August 12th, 2016

Last week, when my friend and I were in Vermont, we stumbled across a lovely community garden in Shelburne Falls. There are a good number of plots, all of them unique, and each one beautiful. Together, they formed a beautiful garden quilt brimming with vegetables and flowers. There’s something wonderful about people coming together and making a garden in a public space. Growing food for their friends and families and cultivating community while they do. I could go on and on telling you about what we saw, but luckily I had my camera so you can see them for yourself (even if photos don’t quite do it justice).
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We spent quite awhile walking around this garden admiring all the plots and getting ideas for our edible gardens. I love seeing real gardens, the ones people live in and use. Botanical gardens are nice in their own way, but often what we see is not attainable for us in our own spaces. Community gardens like this one are truly the most beautiful gardens of all!

Have you ever had a plot in a community garden? Are there any in your area?

2 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Community Gardens”
  1. Nebraska Dave on August 12, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Susy, real people gardens are always of interest for me as well. We have many community gardens in my city. The city encourages them and will provide vacant city lots for them. However, the caveat is the city can take the lot back at any time for development. So it just year to year growing on such a lot. Several Methodist churches have community lots as well. They don’t charge for there lots but encourage all extra produce to go to the shelters for the homeless.

    I chose to find and buy my own lot so the yearly concern of not knowing the future would not be there. I can build fences, raised beds, and pathways of brick without the concern of having it all destroyed and starting over on the nest spot.

    Have a great garden visiting day.

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  2. Chris on August 12, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Beautiful! I am keeping these photos for inspiration next garden season! :)
    We do have community gardens here in the city, which I always love to see too! If I didn’t have my own out here in the country, I would join one myself….Just think, you’d always have a fellow gardener or two around to chat veggies with and share!

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