By: Gisa Seeholzer
Our community garden is built up of over 100 garden plots. Plots vary from 10' by 10' to 10' by 20', we even have raised garden beds to accommodate those with limited access and children. All of our plots are nicely laid out in a sort of grid and have easy accessible paths for garden members to walk down. The plots are all designed differently according to the garden members preference. Some garden members prefer more herbs while other prefer an even mix of veggies and flowers. Either way the garden plots are in full bloom and the common grounds are flourishing with flowers, trees, and shrubs. Most of the garden members can probably name most of the plants inside the gardens, but do you know your neighbors?
A community garden goes beyond the simple walk in, garden your plot, and then go home. We are a network of individuals from different backgrounds and with different beliefs coming together to grow the healthiest produce we can eat. The greatest thing about our current garden members is the love for sharing information. We talk about gardening techniques, cooking techniques, recipes, diy projects, and much more. In the past few years we have been very fortunate enough to have a photographer amongst our members. Below you can see some of the Faces of Garden, thanks to Ray Davis.
On a crisp spring morning inside the community gardens, sparrows, bluebirds, warblers, and finches converse amongst the trees. Over the past seven years the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita has grown from being a place for residents to grow organic produce to an environmentally safe space for many different species of birds. Everyday inside the community gardens is a community working hard to pollinate our plants, decompose our compost, rid our garden of pests, and greet us with a happy tune.
When I was fortunate enough to sit on the garden council and some of the garden committees, I wanted to make the gardens a community that wanted to work together, celebrate together, and enjoy one another. Little did I know as our human community started to come together so did our insect community, our rodent community, and more importantly our bird community. The Community Gardens are home to a bluebird nesting box, which has been up and used for three seasons in a row. We use barn owl nesting boxes for rodent control, inviting some of our nocturnal winged friends into the gardens. Our orchards are home to warblers, finches, and sparrows. The garden plots host hummingbirds with some of the most beautiful colors.
For more information regarding Bluebirds, Barn Owls, and Monarch's check out our Learning Stations Section.
Beautiful pictures of monarch caterpillars taken by garden member Kam Bhogal.