Community Garden Renovations Nearing Completion

Our community garden is undergoing a major renovation!

In 2009, Ascension began conceptualizing a community garden to be located on the north end of the property. A committee led by Jeanne Neill was formed to evaluate options, visit other garden sites and to develop a plan. In spring of 2010, Ascension’s Garden of Hope with 42 beds opened welcoming gardeners from Ascension and the community.

Ascension’s Garden of Hope has been a blessing in so many ways. In addition to being a bridge from Ascension to the community, the garden has donated nearly 500 pounds of fresh produce annually to our Elaine Kadane Food Pantry. In addition to shelf stable items, our neighbors now enjoy a variety of fresh food!

Over the last several years, it became clear that the garden needed to be renovated due to the wear and tear over the years. After a year of planning, a proposal was submitted to the Vestry and renovation began the first week in March and should be completed in the next several weeks. The renovation includes fresh soil and compost and the addition of new garden borders created with Austin stone - a beautiful sustainable option over wood. Gardeners from the community and Ascension are excited to begin spring planting.

Ascension has been able to raise most of the money to complete the garden work including a soup luncheon benefit and a grant from the Lake Highlands Community garden.

Please take a moment to visit the garden and thank Diane Haack and Dustin Mitchell-Scott for their assistance in planning, procuring materials and identifying the landscape company that made this happen! In addition, Robert Gross, a gardener at both Ascension and Lake Highlands deserves a special thanks for his consultation.

Look for a special garden dedication soon!

Dabney Dwyer, Outbound Director
Diane Haack, Garden Coordinator