For the past several years, long about this time, when spring is just around the corner, I begin getting emails from folks wanting to know more about the Alpharetta Community Garden.
It's easy to see why people are so intrigued by our little garden at Wills Park - because gardens are beautiful places. And vegetable gardens have such wonderful culinary and nutritional benefits.
The Alpharetta Community Garden was begun in 2009 by the non-profit Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc. The Garden meets our mission to "connect people to nature...and engage the community through horticultural demonstration." It is a unique place where folks can learn to grow their own food or have the sun to grow a garden or where people can be around other gardeners. And some, like the Milton High School Science National Honor Society, garden with us to learn but also to donate what they grow. In summer, we make weekly trips to North Fulton Community Charities.
We are very fortunate to have been granted the space for our community garden at Wills Park by the city of Alpharetta. We're also very fortunate to have wonderful volunteers at the garden and also on the Board of Directors of our over-seeing non-profit, the Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc. In fact, the community garden is run completely by volunteers, as the Alpharetta Arboretum is an all-volunteer 501(c) organization. I am the volunteer Garden Director and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc.. As Garden Director, I administer a 37 plot community garden that serves between 50-60 gardeners. Each year I work new gardeners into plots as others move on. In fact, we continually have a waiting list. And we are not unique in this way. Other community gardens in the Atlanta metro area and also nationwide have been enjoying great popularity for about the past 10 years and from reports I hear, they are all running wait lists.
We're proud to be in this community. Other communities have looked to us for advice and instruction on how to build out their own community gardens and we're happy to say we've helped them because we believe community gardens should exist just about everywhere!
We're also pleased to say that we bring classes and workshops to this community - some are fee based and some are free. But, one thing is for sure, there is always something going on at the Alpharetta Community Garden.
We invite you, this community, to stay informed about what we are doing by visiting our website calendar, and please know you are invited to attend our activities and inquire about us any time.