Tuesday, September 10, 2013

SW Community Gardens Lottery and Meet & Greet


A lottery will be held on Thursday for plots at the new community gardens at Lansburgh Park, located at 1098 Delaware Avenue.  There are 22 individual plots and two wheelchair-accessible plots. These plots are available for individuals or small groups (up to three people). Some expectations for garden plot users:
  • Plant your garden plot every year before May 15
  • Pull weeds right away
  • Grow organically which means do not use chemicals
  • Take care of the plants all summer (water them every day when it's hot)
  • Clean up the garden in the fall
  • Pay garden dues ($30 per plot per year)
If you are interested in an individual plot, sign up by tomorrow (September 11) by calling 202-417-8577 or email and give your name & phone number for the drawing. The drawing will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 7pm at Lansburgh Park. There is no need to be present at the drawing in order to secure a plot. Residents of Greenleaf, James Creek, and Syphax Gardens will have priority for 4 of the plots.

Storage shed at SW Community Gardens.
Another option for those who can't commit much time to their own plot is to join the Garden Crew. The Garden Crew shares 10 garden plots and work together to take care of the plants and teach people about gardening. The produce grown will be distributed among garden crew members and the community in general. Those who are interested in this option can call the number listed above, send an email, or visit the SW Community Garden Group website.

Map of recent and planned improvements to Lansburgh Park.

There will be a Meet and Greet event this Sunday at Lansburgh Park that will be co-hosted by the SW Community Garden Group and PAWS of SW, the group that's bringing a dog park next to the community garden. The Meet and Greet will be be from 11am to 2pm. Tours of the gardens will be available as well as an obstacle course for dogs. Gardening and dog skills demonstrations will be presented throughout the event. There will be a special appearance by Sam the bloodhound, MPD's newest detective. Light refreshments will be served.

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