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Sylvania 'Community Garden Planting Day' April 25

An organizational meeting is scheduled for this afternoon and “Community Garden Planting Day” is Saturday for the City of Sylvania’s creation of public garden on the corner of WT Sharp and

MLK Drive
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A community garden that is two blocks behind Moats IGA is a piece of land divided into individual garden spots. Each spot is assigned to an individual, a family, or a civic organization. The garden spots in the Sylvania garden are 20-foot by 40-foot, which will give those with a green thumb plenty of space to grow the things they want. 

The city will provide water for the garden and the cost for each spot is $7 for the entire season. 

An organizational and planning meeting will be April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the garden spot. Aubrey Dempsey, the Community Garden Project chairman, said if an individual wants to sign up, or has any questions, please join the group.  In case of rain, the meeting will be moved to the amphitheater.

The community planting day is April 25from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to bring their seeds, their plants, and the tools they will need to do their planting. Dempsey said the more who participate the better.

“Whether you want to grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, or a combination of all three, the SylvaniaCommunityGarden is the perfect opportunity for you to do that,” Dempsey said. “Community gardens encourage a community’s food security, allowing citizens to grow their own food or food which can be donated to those in need.

Dempsey said this project is open to people with various levels of garden experience. 

“Whether you are a new gardener or someone who needs additional space, the SylvaniaCommunityGarden is a great place for you,” Dempsey said. “If you want the opportunity to raise farm fresh vegetables for yourself, for sale, or to share, the SylvaniaCommunityGarden is a great place for you. If you have young children who you want to teach gardening skills to, we would love to have you participate.

“Gardening is the No. 1 hobby in America and is enjoyed by people of all ages,” he said.

For those who have questions, or need any assistance, they can reach Dempsey by e-mail at aubrey_dempsey@yahoo.com or by telephone at 564-7131 as responders can leave a message and Dempsey will return their call). 

Phyllis Butts with the City of Sylvania Public Safety Division also can assist people. Butts can be contacted at 564-2055.