San Marcos, CA: San Marcos community garden creates a bountifuloasis
- Subject: [cg] San Marcos, CA: San Marcos community garden creates a bountifuloasis
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- Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 21:46:44 EDT
San Marcos community garden creates a bountiful oasis
By: Sarah Wilkins - For the North County Time, Escondido,CA,USA
SAN MARCOS ---- The San Marcos community garden is open to anyone interested
in making things grow.
For San Marcos sisters Jeanne Tillery and Sharon Smith, however, working the
soil is a special labor of love honoring their late father, the garden's
first caretaker, Jim Gaumitz, who died in 2003.
"I can just feel his presence there," said Tillery, who maintains a flower
plot in the community garden next to her sister's vegetable garden. "People
miss him very much. There's no one else that can answer their questions like he
The is now a sort of memorial to the lifelong gardener. Renamed the Jim
Gaumitz Garden, it serves as a resource for community members to come together to
socialize and learn.
"The garden brings in folks with common interests and projects," said Bill
Schramm, the director of the San Marcos Community Services Department, which
oversees the garden. "You learn a lot with different people and different
backgrounds enjoying their shared interest. The goal is for people to share the
excitement of gardening."
The garden, on a quiet hill at 1263 Fulton Road, is open to the public for
nearly anything growers can imagine. Though fresh weeds occupy some of the
spaces because of recent wet weather, herbs, roses, squash, tomatoes, daffodils
and pumpkins will soon fill many of the 30 plots, creating a fragrant haven
for butterflies and chirping birds.
Plots are available to San Marcos residents 18 years or older for an annual
$20 fee. An additional one-time fee of $20 is required for overall
operational expenses, such as water fees.
Eight plots are still available for purchase; all plots are 15 by 20 feet.
The garden is overseen by an on-site resident. No commercial gardening is
allowed, though users are permitted to share their harvests.
"Gardeners can trade off," Schramm said. "If you do the labor, you get the
fruit." Gardening tools and hoses are provided and users are encouraged to
chip in with any extra equipment. Mulch is also provided.
The garden is open seven days a week, and gardeners may come and go as
needed. However, rules require users to maintain their spaces year-round ----
inactive plots are turned over to gardeners on a waiting list for open spaces.
The garden began nearly 30 years ago, on the site of the current City Hall
and library buildings. It was moved to Fulton Road in 1992 and now serves as a
quiet oasis for people to come together, away from busier aspects of life.
"It's very calm," Tillery said. "Sometimes I go there just to get away."
For more information on the San Marcos community garden, call the San Marcos
Community Services Department at (760) 744-9000.
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