Community Garden Design Ideas

Community Garden Design Ideas

share:Local interest in this space was intermittent until the Disney Company teamed up with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the surrounding community in the summer of 2004 to restore a formerly trash-filled lot into a green space, and then again in 2011 to completely renovate the garden. In 2011, community members were first invited to submit their ideas for the garden design, and continued with collaborative design efforts between SCAPE Landscape Architecture and KaBOOM!. The renovation was kicked off with a new Disney Junior inspired playground and garden. To me this garden is a reflection of our community, where elements from all over the world are transplanted on fertile ground and along with the native species grow deep roots, blossom and bear fruit. I am most grateful to NYRP and its entire dedicated and wonderful staff who have made this all possible.Robert CruzThe complete renovation was generously sponsored by The Walt Disney Company Foundation. The garden is now a multidisciplinary space, which includes a playground, basketball court, open lawn and vegetable garden. The garden was officially re-opened with a large festive celebration in September 2011. The 103rd Street Community Garden is located in East Harlem and represents an important green space among a bustling, primarily Hispanic neighborhood that includes numerous schools, six NYCHA developments and many multi-story apartment buildings.Follow the 103rd Street Community Garden on Facebook for updates on events and activities. Garden Size 15441 Square Feet Amenities Performance Space, Lawn, Playground, Barbeque grill, Basketball court Activities Basketball, Gardening fruits and vegetables, Outdoor learning
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Community Garden Design Ideas

In a review of community garden literature, Guitart, Pickering, and Byrne summarized results from 87 academic papers, which revealed little information describing community garden design. Michael Buchenau, landscape architect and executive director of Denver Urban Gardens (DUG), has designed and helped establish many community gardens. He asserts that gardens ought to be considered part of the permanent urban landscape, like a park or as an outdoor space in which people engage in civic activity, and therefore need to be deliberately designed for such purposes. Designing for aesthetic experiences in community gardens helps connect individuals to spaces that promote healthy behaviors (Hale, 2012). Landscape architects and landscape designers can help facilitate social and educational factors by addressing issues like flow patterns, spatial dimensioning, program development, and design spaces that respond to stakeholder inputs (Buchenau, M. Interview conducted October 17, 2011; Johnson, 2005). The study reported here identifies design elements in 10 professionally designed community gardens in order to better understand design strategies, patterns, and landscape elements that lead to effective community gardens.
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Community Garden Design Ideas

Abstract With increased focus on local foods, food safety, nutrition, and physical health, community gardens are being created by a variety of entities, many of which are seeking assistance from Extension agents and specialists in the fields of horticulture, family consumer science, and 4-H. Extension professionals have expertise in nutrition, health, food safety, and food production, yet have little training in community garden design, which can provide the framework for successful gardens. Based on analysis of landscape elements of 10 professionally designed community gardens, recommendations were developed to help Extension professionals work with garden designers and volunteers. Keywords: community garden, design Lucy Kennedy Bradley Associate Professor Horticultural Science lucy_bradley@ncsu.edu Joanna Massey Lelekacs Extension Associate Horticultural Science joanna_lelekacs@ncsu.edu Caroline Tilley Asher Former landscape architecture student carolinetilleyasher@gmail.com Julieta Trevino Sherk Assistant Professor Horticultural Science jtsherk@ncsu.edu NC State University Raleigh, North Carolina
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Community Garden Design Ideas

A well-designed and located community garden can make any neighborhood more attractive and even boost property values. A 2008 article in Real Estate Economics found that in New York City, a 6,000-square-foot community garden added 3.4% in value to a property located next to the garden. After five years, the same garden added 7.4% to property next to the garden and 1.9% to property 1,000 feet away.
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Community Garden Design Ideas

The 10 community gardens chosen for the evaluation range in size from about 0.18 acre to 1.84 acres, and represent suburban and urban sites (Figure 1). Included are general-purpose gardens and gardens that are shared with schools or universities. Each garden was designed by landscape architects experienced in community garden design. These gardens are well-established, like Danny Woo International District (est. 1975) and Bradner Gardens Park (est. 1987), and/or are part of established successful programs like the six gardens designed by the DUG program and three in Seattle's P-Patch program, that have aided in the development of many successful community gardens. The evaluation quantitatively examines the space allocation of landscape elements and qualitatively assesses the design patterns of the gardens, including form and spatial relationships. The designs for each of the gardens can be compared in Figure 1.
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Community Garden Design Ideas

4)    DESIGN DIFFERENT: think outside the box of your plot… or better said, is think different inside the box. Now that the plot is designed using a vertical element such as trellising, how about not thinking in the mono-cropped pattern of rows? When using a design such as the keyhole garden, you eliminate most of the pathways and increase growing space. The way to create a keyhole is plan out a circle in the center of the plot, then one pathway going into the garden. In this way you can sit in the middle of the garden and reach all the way around you. Scale the circle to allow for 3-4 feet from the edge of the circle to the edge of the garden plot to assure you can read all areas of your garden.
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Community Garden Design Ideas

This class is an opportunity for new and experienced gardeners alike to explore garden design for their home and vegetable gardens. We will cover everything from square-foot vegetable gardening, and basic permaculture design, to generating your own home garden landscape design and planting ideas. We will touch on environmental considerations, drainage, seed selection, incorporating pollinators and practical design techniques to help you create a successful and productive food or flower garden..
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Community Garden Design Ideas

Assigning individual plots requires less management. It also lets each plot holder decide what to plant and when and how to garden. On the downside, allotments don’t offer as much opportunity to build a social network or to share costs. Even in an allotment system, you might want to ask volunteers to donate one day a month for garden clean-up tasks, suggests Laura Berman, author of How Does Our Garden Grow: A Guide to Starting a Community Garden.
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Community garden are green spaces where people garden together. They may be primarily ornamental or exclusively for food production while others are combinations. Community gardens are about planting ideas, growing skills, nurturing leadership and self-esteem (Voluntad, Dawson, & Corp, 2004). There are many different types, including temporary gardens on borrowed land, gardens that are in city parks and recreation departments, and gardens on land owned by gardeners.

Tomato dreams and hot pepper fantasies unite apartment dwellers and homeowners in community gardens. Some gardeners are strictly production focused, while others look forward to human-to-human interactions that humanize our increasingly computerized lives. Yet no matter who you are or what you are growing, everyone has the same options for plot size in community gardens. Community gardens offer those without a yard a chance to get their hands into the soil and support the growing urban farm movement.
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Some 18,000 to 20,000 people nationwide, according to the American Community Gardening Association, are planting vegetables and flowers in parks, vacant lots, schools, office parks, and even cemeteries. If you’re looking for a perfect community garden spot, here are some things to keep in mind.
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If you can, draw up a lease between your garden group and the land’s owner. The longer the better, advises Sally McCabe, community education project manager for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. It can take several years to improve the soil and get a garden going, so get a lease for at least five years.
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The complete renovation was generously sponsored by The Walt Disney Company Foundation. The garden is now a multidisciplinary space, which includes a playground, basketball court, open lawn and vegetable garden. The garden was officially re-opened with a large festive celebration in September 2011.

American garden plots, by comparison, are tiny.  Some public plots in New York City are 4 feet by 12 feet. In Austin, Texas plots offered are a small of 10 feet by 20 feet or large of 20 feet by 20 feet. Here is my hometown the choices are 10 feet by 10 feet or 10 feet by 20 feet. I am not aware of any garden plot allowing chickens, others nothing perennial, as most are rented for what are considered “the growing season.” There are also limits to one might grow in their garden.
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We’ll dive into the details surrounding garden preparation, planting and garden care. Topics include successfully starting seeds and transplants, understanding soil structure & health, and learning how to create a fertile, organic garden. We will also touch on the topics of hot compost, vermicompost, and compost tea. We will include demos both inside and outside (weather permitting).
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The percentage of space allocated to each landscape element is quantified in Table 1. Most of the elements took roughly the same percentage (within 10%) of space in garden, with five exceptions. Community plots and paths were present in all gardens, but the amount of space allocated to each varied widely. Qualitative assessment informed conclusions about the design forms (Table 2 and Figures 2-11). Percentages of sun/shade are presented in Table 3.