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Bend, Oregon: Hollinshead Community Garden Article.

  • Subject: [cg] Bend, Oregon: Hollinshead Community Garden Article.
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 17:45:11 EDT


I really think this is the architypical, "Spring has sprung in our community
garden," article.  Would that articles like this became cliches in our news
media, instead of, "He was a loner, and nobody would have predicted...", or
"Paris Hilton..", etc. etc.

The photo in this link is sweet, maybe you should print it out from this
link, if you can, with the article.

This is a keeper, an article to clip and stick in the pockets of local
journalists trying to "wrap their minds," around  what crazy community garden
do, i.e., creating beauty for their communities, feeding folks other than
themselves and doing it so PUBLICLY, instead of behind fences and in
And as journalists are really far more comfortable with press handouts these
day instead of actually reporting what they see and hear, they will be awfully

Community gardening is about, "win-wins."

Adam Honigman
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden

Hollinshead community garden prepares for upcoming season
The Bend Bulletin

By Eric Flowers

The Bulletin

Hunkered low with her eyes to the ground, Louise Wilson lifts a red brick
from a neatly lined row on the perimeter of the Hollinshead community garden,
wipes it clean with a dirt-smattered glove.

She carefully replaces it and moves to the next one. As she works, Wilson
pries loose clumps of grass that have defied the garden's artificial
She drops tangled balls of turf, roots and dirt into a large, black plastic
pail at her side.

This the tedious business of preparing Hollinshead Community Garden for
another year of growing. The garden, which has 72 individual plots for rent
year, sits at the edge of its namesake park in a neighborhood tucked in the
shadow of Pilot Butte state park.

This past weekend scores of veteran and aspiring gardeners spent hours in the
rain, and later intermittent sunshine, on their hands and knees, turning
dirt, pulling weeds, replanting grasses and picking up pine cones and trash.
an annual ritual that marks the start of the growing season at the community
garden, which is managed by the Central Oregon Chapter of the Oregon State
University Master Gardeners.

Plots in the garden are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a
$15 annual fee.

Growers are required to perform four hours of volunteer work for the good of
the garden b two hours at the start of the season and two hours at the end.
"The most important rule is you have to garden organically, no pesticides and
fertilizer, period," said Jacquie Siewert-Schade, who runs the garden with a
friendly but no-nonsense style.

There is currently a waiting list for plots in the garden. But,
Siewert-Schade said more spots may open soon.

A Sunriver resident, Siewert-Schade said she got involved in the local
gardening community after finding her growing efforts in Central Oregon
stymied by
frost. She sought advice from Oregon State University and the local master
gardeners, who run an advice hot line through the university's extension

She likens the community garden to a patchwork quilt. Each plot represents a
growers own interest and expertise. Gardeners have a chance to interact with
the soil and one another sharing ideas and inspiration.

The garden is one of the legacy's of the Hollinshed Family, which homesteaded
here and farmed the area for most of the last century. The family deeded the
16.5 acre site to the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District in 1983.

Siewert-Schade, who has been growing at Hollinshead since 2001, said he she
relishes the garden's transformation over the summer months, as colors and
scents take form.

On Sunday morning, she greeted new gardeners and familiar faces, directing
traffic around the garden.

"It's my passion. I love Hollinshead garden," she said between dolling out
advice about local nurseries and planting techniques.

Among the newcomers to the garden this year are Rick and Janet Ziegler.

A retired elementary school teacher from Vancouver, Wash., Rick Ziegler said
he and his wife relocated to Bend for the sunshine. But they left behind a
thriving vegetable garden. Their new home on the northwest side of town is
surrounded by trees and generally unsuitable for growing, Ziegler said.

They learned about the community garden from a neighbor, Peter Lickwar, who
has been growing at the garden for four years.

The Zieglers said they intend to plant green beans, peas and tomatoes among
things this year.

But on Sunday the Zieglers were here for their two hours of service. With a
pair of earmuffs snug around her head and a jacket cinched tight against the
damp chill, Janet Ziegler loaded weather-beaten scrap wood into a small
behind their white Volvo station wagon.

"We're headed to the dump," she said.

Nearby Wilson, paused from her brick and weeding work to ponder the garden.
This is Wilson's fourth year at Hollinshead garden. She's a master gardener
one of a group of core volunteers known among the growers as the Hollinshead

Last year, Wilson said she convinced her husband, a Deschutes County
Sheriff's Deputy, to get involved in effort as well.

"I learned something about my husband," she said. "He's Mr. Persnickity in
the garden. He doesn't like a weed anywhere."

Like many others at Hollinshead, Wilson said she loves to grow but doesn't
have a suitable place around her home for a garden. The community garden
an extra element of comradery and support to the growing process.

"A lot of it here has to do with seeing what other people are doing and being
with like-minded people," Wilson said.

For information about the garden: 593-9305

Eric Flowers can be reached at 541-383-0323 or eflowers@bendbulletin.com.

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