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Community Gardens: Reclaiming Vacant Lots

Posted by Tammy Sons on

Wednesday, March 23

Community gardens can be found anywhere, in big or little towns, across the country and around the world. One vital role they sometimes play is revitalizing old neighborhoods. By using a vacant lot to grow vegetables and flowers, communities have brought beauty, friendship and a sense of togetherness back into their areas.


Sometimes, the land is donated. Other times a lease is drawn up for a very nominal fee. Still other times, if the land has been abandoned for many years, gardens just sort of pop up on them unofficially. Gardeners divvy up plots, with some families having their own or others sharing. Sometimes there is a small fee to use the garden space, other times it's free. If you wish you had more space to grow things, or would like an excuse to meet your neighbors, see if there's one in your area. Likewise, if you've got a lot of gardening experience, you might consider offering your expertise (or even starting one).Red cardinal flower would be an attractive way to attract hummingbirds to your community garden. Find it in our plant nursery.

  • garden
  • community gardens
  • perennials
  • vegetables