If ever a peaceful sanctuary from the world was needed, the time is now. And those who have been regularly visiting our community garden know we have created just that place. All of the pictures shown above were shot at the garden within the past two weeks, and we put them together with the hopes they’ll share with you the peace of mind that can be found there. Like we said, it’s beautiful and thriving… come take part, to nurture the garden and nurture your heart and your soul.
(A warm thank you to Marc, our newsletter editor, for these wonderful words.)
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.
The heat has been brutal – we’re at close to 150 days where the temperature hasn’t dipped below 70 degrees! Despite this we’ve had things growing all summer: okra, of course, and sweet potatoes. Here are a few more of the green things in our summer garden.
Seminole Heights Community Garden is up for Best Community Garden again this year – PLEASE VOTE FOR US! 🙂
The Garden is open for visitors and volunteers Saturdays 9am – 12pm at 6114 River Terrace. We’d love to show you why we think it’s the best little community garden.
Garden members Doris and Ellen hosted the Davis Islands Garden Club for a visit to our garden on April 19th. The Garden Club has been incredibly generous, helping us fund important improvements as we develop our space: our water stations and the new entrance to our garden (pictured above).
It was an amazing morning! The weather was perfect … the garden looked beautiful. We had several members of the garden club show up … and they would also like to pop in on a Saturday morning to garden with us. I don’t know who had a better time … them or us!
We’re mixing things up this month and meeting 6:30pm on Tuesday April 16th at 7venth Sun Brewery. Grab a cool refreshing beverage and join us as we plan our upcoming Earth Day Birthday on April 20th and Art in the Garden on April 27th. We’ll probably discuss gardening as well!
We are working on a new entrance to our garden. Here is a preview:
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.
Have you joined us for Yoga in the Garden yet? We meet Saturday mornings at 9:30am for a 1/2 hour session of standing poses only. There is no need to bring a mat – but wear shoes since you will be in a garden setting.
Please help us welcome our guest yoga instructors for the next two sessions:
March 9 – Amishay
March 16 – Mika
Tish returns for these dates:
We’re located at 6114 River Terrace and look forward to meeting you!
We’re busy taking advantage of our lovely winter weather in the garden. We’re eating curly and Ethiopian kale, mustard greens, lettuces, peppers; collards are just about ready and we’ve just harvested some purple yams. We’ve recently transplanted young lacinato and Portuguese kale plants as well as broccoli. More seeds have been started and we’re busy planning what’s next (a butterfly garden!).
We continue to offer yoga in the garden – standing poises only, wear good shoes. Join us at 9:30am on the following Saturdays:
Do you have leaves? We’ll take them! This is the time of year that we’re busy collecting leaves for our compost operation. We’re also collecting veggie scraps for our compost, so if you’d like to keep your compost materials out of the landfill, please bring to our garden and we’ll make dirt!
Please feel free to bring leaves on Saturdays, 9am – 11am.
Veggie and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells can be deposited in the white bucket in front of our garden labeled SHCG Compost anytime, or larger deposits can be brought by Saturdays 9am – 11am.
We’ve been composting and making our own dirt for years, but just recently joined the MakeSoil movement as they expand across the Tampa Bay Area. Learn more about MakeSoil.
Visit us and see how we’re growing – we can always use help! Seminole Heights Community Gardens is open for visitors on Saturdays, 9am – 11am. Our address is 6114 River Terrace in Tampa, FL. Parking is available on the street.