Released on: Monday, March 23, 2009 1:00 PM
The City of Alpharetta is preparing to open its first community garden, thanks to the Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc., a local non-profit. The Alpharetta Community Garden will be located in Wills Park on space donated by the Alpharetta City Council.
The American Community Gardening Association began promoting community gardens in 1979. There is a huge interest in them today because of the educational benefits and pleasures of growing your own food. There is a great benefit in the physical activity and having a place for easy interaction with people of all ages and backgrounds. Community gardens are truly about community, as well as growing your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
The plots at the Alpharetta Community Garden will be 4’ x 10’ raised beds. The Alpharetta Arboretum plans to build a few “enabling beds” for the wheelchair bound and people with disabilities. Soil will be provided as well as three complimentary starter plants per gardener. The gardeners may add their own purchased plants, seeds, or plants that were started from seed at home. Each plat within the Alpharetta Community Garden may be leased for $50 for the season (April-October) to City of Alpharetta residents on a first come, first serve basis. Some pre-registrants may be placed on a waiting list as space is limited.
To pre-register, please email your name, e-mail address, home address, and phone number of Julie Hogg, President of the Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc. at email@example.com. Ms. Hogg will contact you with more specifics.
The mission of the Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc. is to enrich the community by connecting people to the natural environment through the preservation and stewardship of places of botanical interest, through horticultural demonstration and through ecological education. The Alpharetta Community Garden was a perfect partnership for the Alpharetta Arboretum, Inc. and the City of Alpharetta as it is in line with the city’s quest to become a green city. A community garden not only creates a sense of community, it also conserves resources, preserves greenspace, reduces family food budgets, and produces nutritious food.