Running a community garden out of a botanic garden must be wonderful for
resources, advice and staff back-up. However, the botanical garden ethos
must at a time feel like a master chef in full whites barking orders at a
little old lady making Campbell's cream of Mushroom soup out of a can
The best words on individual plot gardening came form one of our founding
gardeners, Mallory Abrahmson , " If you can't find the time to weed and
garden, be a sport and give up your plot to someone who does."
Please check out our website for our back garden rules/governance.
Our mode of governance came from the folks who dug out our lot, chased off
the junkies, removed the rusted cars and is still digging out spent
bullets. Our rules come from the membership, not from above. Most community
gardens have self governing plot committees like we do. Check the ACGA
garden links to get some ideas. I am as always a fan of the Eagle Heights
Community Garden in Madison, Wisconsin, but then, who isn't?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Linda Schroeder [SMTP:SchroedL@botanicgardens.org]
> Sent: Monday, August 21, 2000 6:04 PM
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> Subject: [cg] weeds
> I am helping to coordinate a community garden project as an intern at
> Denver Botanic Gardens this year. I am interested in knowing of other
> community gardens that are part of a Botanic Garden. I would greatly
> appreciate any suggestions.
> Also, I am wondering how to deal with the overwhelming weed problem we are
> having in the gardens. The administration of the Botanic Gardens has a
> high expectation of how the community gardens should look aesthetically,
> and I would love some suggestions of ways to encourage gardeners to keep
> their individual plots less weedy, as well as common areas and pathways in
> the garden. In past years, the coordinator would "red flag" individual's
> plots that were really out of control, and if the problem was not remedied
> within ten days, he or she would lose gardening priveleges for the
> following year. I don't like such an authoritarian system, but some of
> the plots and pathways are becoming a nuisance to other gardeners,
> especially due to all of the bindweed we have. It is an organic garden,
> and I would like ot avoid herbicides as well. Any ideas?
> Thank you,
> Linda Schroeder
> Community Gardens Intern
> Denver Botanic Gardens
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