MMM – Eagle Heights Community Gardens
Mostly Madison Mondays – a howdoyoudo from my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin
My neighbors invited us to their garden recently, an offsite plot from which we humbly accepted numerous tomatoes, herbs and other bounty all last summer. I was pretty jazzed to see it knowing how much they loved it and loved to spend time there.
From its website:
“The University of Wisconsin’s Eagle Heights Community Gardens (EHCG) was established in 1962 to offer Eagle Heights residents and the UW and Madison communities the opportunity to have an organic garden and participate in garden activities. EHCG is one of the oldest and largest community gardens in the United States.
The EHCG are located in a peaceful natural setting adjacent to the University of Wisconsin’s Eagle Heights Housing and within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. At last count – the pool of gardeners speak approximately 60 languages. The gardens feature gardening practices from around the world. The setting provides also a wonderful place for meeting fellow gardeners, family picnics and walks, and bird watching.”
People do amazing and creative things all over the world every day. I mean, have you been on Pinterest? At the Gardens I saw bent ski poles as fence posts. Papasan bases as shade structures. And that’s not even what’s being grown! And it’s not even summer! Now I am not a gardener. I have a gangrene thumb, if you will. But I was entranced by the Gardens and wonder what it would be like to spend a season cultivating our own foodstuffs. Maybe when Farrah gets older and we can put both kids to work . . . I mean we can educate both kids about how their gardens grow, maybe that’s when our plot will thicken.