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Veggie Garden Gallery

by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

One day's yield from the Community Kitchen Garden - July 17, 2014. The turnips were grown in the Children's Garden by Heather Veneziano.

One day’s yield from the Community Kitchen Garden. The turnips were grown in the Children’s Garden by Heather Veneziano.

The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is nearing the summer peak, and we thought you would enjoy seeing some examples of what we’re growing this year. Current yield: 2,100 lbs. (supporting 8,400 meals for FeedMore). And we couldn’t have done it without the nearly 300 volunteers who have worked in the garden this summer including  individuals, families and corporate teams.

Clockwise from upper left: Slicing tomatoes, King Richard leeks, Red Long of Tropea onions, Crookneck squash (don't they look like ducks?) with Dunja and Gold Rush zucchini.

Clockwise from upper left: Slicing tomatoes, King Richard leeks, Red Long of Tropea onions, Crookneck squash (don’t they look like ducks?) with Dunja and Gold Rush zucchini.

Clockwise from upper left: Granadero Roma tomatoes with Jumbo flat pod and Provider round pod green beans, Giant of Italy parsley, Bright Lights Swiss chard, Carmen sweet Italian pepper.

Clockwise from upper left: Granadero Roma tomatoes with Jumbo flat pod and Provider round pod green beans, Giant of Italy parsley, Bright Lights Swiss chard, Carmen sweet Italian pepper.

Clockwise from upper left: Various cucumbers, Red Pontiac potatoes, Earliglow strawberries, Tango celery.

Clockwise from upper left: Various cucumbers, Red Pontiac potatoes, Earliglow strawberries, Tango celery.

Clockwise from upper left: Windsor Fava beans, eggplant (the variety is in question - was supposed to be "Classic Bell" but has Sicilian characteristics), Red Velvet okra, Sugar sprint peas.

Clockwise from upper left: Windsor Fava beans, eggplant (the variety is in question – was supposed to be “Classic Bell” but has Sicilian characteristics), Red Velvet okra, Sugar sprint peas.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Veggie Garden Gallery”

  1. Julie Abbott says:

    Beautiful vegetables, Brian! You have done a spectacular job with the CKG and we shall miss you when you leave. We do appreciate all the time, effort and planning involved in helping to provide fresh veggies to people who would not have access to them.

  2. Brian Vick says:

    Thank you Julie, for your kind words and continuing support. My opportunities and challenges with the CKG have provided some of the best memories of my life. Those memories will include the amazing beauty of the property; the continuing horticultural education; the warm spirit of the LGBG family of staff and dedicated volunteers – like you & Dick; and the interaction with approximately 1,200 eager CKG volunteers from the larger metro Richmond community. I plan to contribute to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in some ongoing way.

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