A demonstration garden can educate about many different topics. Consider turning an underused piece of property or a portion of an existing park into one or more demonstration gardens for residents and visitors.
A community garden is a great way to bring residents of all ages and socio-economic levels together. Combining edibles and pollinator plants stretches the garden’s usefulness beyond the summer months. Raised beds are good for providing access to those with physical limitations. The added community gathering spot also brings neighbors together and creates pride for their neighborhood.
Identify potential lots that can be cleared or re-purposed. Perhaps an existing park has a sunny area available. Plan on a fixed water source or a method to provide water. Volunteers can work with residents to determine needs and approach local businesses for donations. Be sure to enlist one resident to oversee use of the community garden to ensure proper maintenance and the fair distribution of plots. Partner with your local Master Gardeners, garden clubs, and other organizations to find a site and help develop the garden.