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Community Garden Tour: Southeast Atlanta Edition

Date: Saturday, May 30th  |  Time: 1 – 5pm  |  Meeting / Ending Location: Love is Love Farm

Community Garden Tour

For three years, Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour (supported by Kaiser Permanente) has shown Atlanta the edible side of our intown communities. In 2015, we are excited to gather community and urban garden enthusiasts to explore the southeast Atlanta neighborhoods of East Lake, Edgewood and Kirkwood.

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Join us via bus ($25/person) or bike ($10/person) on the following route:

Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens

The tour will kick-off from Love is Love Farm ( 900 Dancing Fox Rd, Decatur, GA 30032), promptly leaving at 1pm. Don’t worry – there will be time to explore Love is Love’s garden at the end of the tour!

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East Lake Community Learning Garden

This beautiful community garden in East Lake has a unique structure, not only providing a place for community member’s to grow organic produce, but also a space for interactive workshops.

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Gilliam Park Community Garden

Tucked into the Kirkwood neighborhood, Gilliam Park Community Garden creates a sense of community while providing a sunny space for gardening. The communal strawberry patch or the perennial hedge of huge knock-out roses are not to be missed!

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Edgewood Community Learning Garden | Wylde Center

The Wylde Center recently adopted and renovated this neighborhood asset in Edgewood. The garden boasts a striking gazebo, pollinator gardens and beehives.

BONUS: Chicken Photobooth – this stop has photogenic chickens that are excited to strike a pose with tour participants (as long as you promise to send photos to us and tag us (@parkpride) on social media!).

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End At Love is Love Farm

Enjoy food, drinks and a piñata full of bike lights and garden seeds while exploring the farm’s five acres of growing space, forest fragments, hillsides and an acre spring fed pond.

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This year’s Community Garden Tour is going to be a one-of-a-kind experience – we hope you’ll join us!

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Questions? Reach out to Betty Hanacek at betty@parkpride.org.

Sugar Creek Garden Green Infrastructure Tour

Braving rain, high winds and low temperatures, Dara Suchke from the Wylde Center led community participants on a tour of Sugar Creek Garden highlighting existing green infrastructure and on-going plans to develop the greenspace into a “food park.”

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Dara Suchke, Sugar Creek Garden site coordinator

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What is green infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure: Sustainable and natural management techniques that harvest, treat and utilize rain runoff in greenspaces such as parks, bio-swales, constructed wetlands and rooftop gardens, diverting water away from and reducing a need for traditional “gray” infrastructure (i.e. sewers and drainage pipes).

Located on City of Decatur floodplain property, the Wylde Center uses permaculture design techniques to help “slow, spread, and sink” stormwater passing through the site from local residential development before overloading Sugar Creek.  With design assistance from Ben Portwood of Edible Yard and Garden and Daniel Ballard Green Thumbs Up, Sugar Creek Garden has taken advantage of the excess water on the property and turned a problem into an opportunity!

Sugar Creek Garden offers great examples of low cost solutions to effectively managing (and taking advantage of) water on your property.  Planting appropriate plants amongst simple mounded berms to slow down water allows for better detention and percolation of water into the soil.  We learned that a properly designed landscape can withstand both drought and flooding without issue!

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John Ahern, Park Pride’s Volunteer Manager

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Sugar Creek Garden Tour participants

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Ben Portwood of Edible Yard and Garden

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Sugar Creek Garden

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Tour participants

The Sugar Creek Garden Green Infrastructure tour was part of the Parks and Greenspace Conference, whose 2014 theme is Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspace with Rainwater. The conference focus will be on how communities and municipalities are leveraging green infrastructure technologies to benefit and innovate their parks and greenspaces.

Check out Park Pride’s other March tours of the Proctor Creek and Clear Creek Watersheds and register today!