Our Garden is closed to visitors for now

All –

In light of the current world situation and in front of any upcoming city or county shut-downs, we are closing Seminole Heights Community Gardens to all visitors.

What will this mean?

We will not open the garden on Saturdays for the foreseeable future.  However, member gardeners will continue to tend the garden. If any visitors stop by we will kindly ask you to visit again in the future.
Our garden water lilies will continue to water the garden.
We will maintain the compost including community deposits which can be left in the buckets by the front gate.

We all think gardening is incredibly important in a time like this, but we’ll just have to do it separately for now.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in the near future.

Our garden portal + events!

We are working on a new entrance to our garden. Here is a preview:
entrance slab 3.2019

We are making it even easier to visit our community garden! Soon we will no longer have to use our *kind* neighbor’s driveway for access.

Mark your calendars:

We are celebrating our 10th!!! Earth Day Birthday this year! Join us for an open house and potluck 10am – 12pm on Saturday April 20th. Bring a dish to share and your own plates (we have utensils).

Art in the Garden returns to our garden on April 27th, 10am – 11:30am. All are invited to come to the Garden and create an art work inspired by the beauty of nature around you. Many supplies will be available – lots of colors of paint, oil pastel crayons, scissors, glue, pictures for collage. Paint on paper or cardboard, palm fronds or rocks. Local artists will be assisting. Plein Air painters are welcome. No charge, but donations towards the supplies are appreciated.

All of this is possible due to the generosity of Tish and Tim Ganey, who allow us to garden on their property.

Water flows and the garden grows

It’s actually pretty amazing how much we’ve accomplished at our new location in less than a year. There is still much to do, but one of the biggest projects on our wish list just got checked off with the recent installation of four faucet heads (nay, water stations!) strategically placed across the garden property.

They’re connected to a well, maintaining the distinction for us of operating sustainably off the city grid. And now suddenly, raising a flourishing garden of organic fruits and vegetables has never been easier.

We wish to recognize garden members Lynelle and Tony for all their planning and project management; and lots of other garden members assisted as well.

We also share our heartfelt gratitude for the generous grant support from the Davis Islands Garden Club ($1000) and the Hillsborough Soil & Water Conservation District Challenge ($600 for labor) which funded the handiwork of a licensed plumbing team and the necessary materials.  Thank you, thank you!

Our compost is active

Beautiful mosaic sign by member Carolyn Adler

Curious about compost? Community members bring us kitchen scraps and deposit them in the white buckets just outside our fence. We have a 3 bin compost system which we dig out at least once a week and then layer in the scraps & coffee grounds together with dry leaves. Do you want to help us compost? We always welcome more!
Yes:
-veggie scraps, fruit peels, almost everything plant-based (see exceptions below)
-coffee grounds & tea bags
-egg shells
No:
-meat or dairy
-citrus
-hard nut shells, avocado pits (these take too long to break down)
We use this dirt to plant everything in our garden which adds nutrients back in to the soil.
Join us Saturday mornings if you want to come by and see how it works, or we welcome scraps in the buckets near our sign (6114 River Terrace) at your convenience.
Thank you for helping us grow!