Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pink Saturday - a shared garden

Pink Saturday - Beverly, at the blog "How Sweet the Sound" hosts Pink Saturday. Let the color pink inspire you.

Dahlia
Even on a grey November day, the Community Garden on Main Street in Santa Monica touched with bright colors. Gardeners were tidying their small plots and planting winter crops. The gate was open, and the sign said the public was welcome to view the gardens, so in I went.


The Main Street garden is the first of the city's three community gardens to be established, back in 1976. It has 69 individual plots. Available to city residents for only $60.00 a year, the program is so popular there is a long waiting list. The city provides water to the community gardens and sponsors garden workshops and classes. The city even has a garden sharing outreach that matches non-gardening property owners with apartment-dwelling gardeners.

Gardeners put their own creative mark on the plots.

Scarecrow with umbrella
Some plots are fenced in with salvaged wrought iron gates.


Others have formal layouts of raised beds.

Unique and quirky ornaments and statues appear.

Squash with your pink flamingo
Some folks grow vegetables, while others go in for flowers.

Plumerias grow alongside tomatoes
There are tropicals as well as cottage garden flowers.

Zinnias
Some plots are tightly planted to make use of all the space, while others have room for comfortable relaxing.


It's a community, where beauty exists alongside utility, and neighbors share.


Do the places where you live have similar programs? Share.

6 comments:

chubskulit said...

So beautiful!

My PINK, have a great weekend and festive Thanksgiving celebration!

Ms. Burrito said...

Very pretty! I really love Saturday because my Mom let me blog a little for Pink Saturday.

My PINK, have a nice weekend!

tami said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Love the pink flower...xo Tami

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Beautiful!

I have a pink flamingo pic from German Village somewhere...it's below a bright red maple.
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spokalulu said...

I remember the community gardens near our home in Germany. It was so lovely to walk through the pathways and smile & wave at the busy owners tending their plots. They, too, would add a swing for the kiddos or a little table and chairs. ♥

There is a small community garden near our home here. I will have to find out more about it!

Happy pink Saturday! Your gray November days are much different than ours here. ;)

smalltownme said...

The garden sharing outreach is such a good idea. I'd love to share my yard with someone with a greener thumb.