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Huntington, WV: Community Gardening in a Cemetery

  • Subject: [cg] Huntington, WV: Community Gardening in a Cemetery
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2005 17:56:02 -0400

Garden spaces offered in city
One back corner of cemetery has plots for growing crops each year
By DAVE LAVENDER - The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- If you see lots of people digging and tilling in Spring Hill Cemetery, donbt call the police -- just come over and join them. On Monday, new gardeners can join in spring planting at what surely is one of Americabs more unique community gardens, "Gardens For All," a beautiful 85-plot community garden tucked away in the cemeterybs back corner near Enslow Boulevard.
Operated by the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District, "Gardens For All" rents out 15- by 30-foot plots open through the third Sunday in October.
Gardeners can plant spring, summer and fall crops and, thanks to the communal nature of the garden, get lots of great ideas from some of the best green thumbs in the city.
The garden, one of the largest and oldest community gardens in the region, was started by former Cabell County agricultural extension service agent John Lewis. He saw the program in the 1970s at a national conference and brought the idea back to such folks as Charlie Barbour.
Garden plots are $20, and they are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
People interested in gardening should come to the Spring Hill Cemetery Office, located at 1427 Norway Ave. Proceed to the older entrance, and the office is a little white building that looks like a chapel.
Eldora McCoy, who works in the Spring Hill Cemetery Office, said everyone is welcome to come and try raising crops.
"I think it is fun for people to come up and experiment," she said. "Itbs OK, if this is something new for them, because there are lots of gardeners they can get ideas from. A lot of the older gardeners know all that stuff."
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Read more about community gardening online at www.communitygardening.org. Find out more about the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District at www.ghprd.org. The Spring Hill Cemetery office can be contacted at (304) 696-5516.

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