Story by Abby Warren
In 2009, we set a lofty goal of building 1,000 new gardens in our city.
Surely there have been doubts - how could that many gardens be developed in such a short amount of time? The answer lies in creative, commited collaboration between the City and community members.
This past weekend, we witnessed two examples of the inspiring power held in effective partnerships as we welcomed 72 new plots for 72 new gardeners. These plots, at the Grant and Ed Benedict Gardens, bring us within 115 plots from reaching our goal. We are confident that we will have 1,000 new gardens in the city by December.
Both of these gardens would not have come to fruition without the hard work invested by students and neighbors. Grant High School students secured all of the funding for the Grant Garden through a $50,000 State Farm grant, and developed the garden vision themselves. Portland Parks & Recreation helped to coordinate logistics including construction and registration. The Ed Benedict Garden was included in the 1994 Master Plan for Ed Benedict Park. In 2011, with construction and outreach support from the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden, the garden broke ground. The City of Portland provided soil amendments, wood chips, and permanent plant material for the garden.
We give our most sincere thanks to our community members and partners working to bring Portland neighbors more opportunities to get their hands in the soil, be outside together, and grow local produce than ever before.
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Photo: Mike Abatté, Portland Parks and Recreation Director; Brian Bainnson, Vice President FPMG and Memory Garden Architect with ASLA; Laura Niemi, PP&R Community Gardens Program Coordinator; Commissioner Nick Fish.