Dec 2nd, 2008

Henrico Sponsors New Community Garden in Lakeside

Henrico County is opening a new community garden near the intersection of Vale Street and Michael Avenue in Lakeside, according to the North Richmond News.  The garden is open to Henrico Couty residents only.

Here are the details:

Henrico families who have wanted to grow their own fresh vegetables but previously lacked the space, know-how or resources can now start planting, with the help of the Henrico County Extension Office
and its new program, “Gardens Growing Families.” Qualifying participants can maintain a plot in the Fairfield District community garden for a nominal fee, attend free classes and have access to expert advice from the Extension Office and Henrico Master Gardeners.

… Gardens Growing Families allows participants to choose a full-size garden plot (15 feet by 20 feet) for a $10 annual fee or a half-size plot (15 feet by 10 feet) for $5 annually. Currently space is available for approximately 20 family gardens.

Tools and water will be provided at the site, located at the intersection of Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue. Participants also can attend a variety of free classes and workshops on gardening, food preparation, nutrition and other topics.

Residents must apply and meet income requirements to participate in Gardens Growing Families. The program is open to any Henrico family; however, Fairfield District residents will receive priority consideration for plots in the Fairfield community garden. The Extension Office ultimately hopes to expand the program to each magisterial district. Gardens Growing Families represents the efforts of several county agencies, including Extension, Recreation and Parks, Social Services and Health.

To obtain an application or additional information, contact the Henrico Extension Office at 501-5160 or log on to

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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