Glenwood’s Community Garden gears up for its second season |

Glenwood’s Community Garden gears up for its second season

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – It’s that time of year for the community’s gardeners to prepare for the upcoming growing season. And the Community Gardens of Glenwood Springs has the perfect way to pique the interest of area green thumbs.

Soon, the Glenwood Springs Community Garden will spring to life for its second season. And, in preparation, the Community Gardens of Glenwood Springs’ outreach program, coordinated by Sharill Hawkins and Maggie Pederson, and the Glenwood Springs Garden Club will offer monthly lectures and introductory garden classes to help educate those interested in becoming involved this year on a wide range of gardening topics.

The first lecture will be tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at U.S. Bank located at 1901 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Linda Halloran, the garden director at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, will talk about what seeds and plants do well in this area and climate. She will also discuss topics of how gardeners can extend the gardening season.

“She is real knowledgeable in what particular seeds and plants have done real well in our climate,” Hawkins said.

The series of lectures is a way to attract new gardeners in the garden’s second year, Hawkins said. Not that there was a lack of interest in the first year.

“Last year, it was really successful,” Hawkins said.

The garden had 40 individual plots developed last year that were producing everything from vegetables, to flowers, and even some pumpkins, despite a late start in the growing season.

According to Hawkins, the garden expects to increase the amount of developed plots to around 60 in 2010. And there will also be a plot for seniors that will be wheelchair accessible, she said. There will be plots reserved for preschoolers, too. And according to Community Garden board member Marilee Rippy, she is working with Barb Park, the Preschool Director at the Community Center, to develop a preschool garden curriculum.

A ‘Grow for Good’ program will provide fresh produce for area Lift-Up food pantries. And, there will again be a double garden plot worked by the Feed My Sheep Ministry in Glenwood Springs.

The first meeting of the Northwest Colorado Community Garden Consortium was held in January. According to Rippy, the group encompasses members from community gardens in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Silt, Rifle, Eagle, Steamboat Springs and Marble.

Rippy said that the group shared the successes and challenges that the gardeners were having with their projects and found that many of the issues were common to all the region’s gardens.

For more information, or to receive a complete schedule of upcoming free garden lectures call Sharill Hawkins at 945-4004.

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