Welcome to the Columbus Park Community Garden! I discovered this garden quite by accident on my way to meet Edie for lunch one day. Edie McGinnis, my editor/friend from the Kansas City Star and I have been having lunch together in a different cafe/restaurant each week. We decided to "rediscover" different communities in our Kansas City area.What a grand time we are having too! (I'd say about 10 extra pounds worth.)
I have visited this garden about 6 times since my first discovery of it. I love the simplicity. Nothing too fancy but it still shows a love of gardening and time spent together for a common cause. One of the gardeners has lived in the area for about 15 years and another 20. (I'm not sure about the other members...I know there are more than just two.) She told me that sometimes on a Friday afternoon the members of the community will meet here, grill dinner and share the evening together.
Quirky objects are added to the raised beds. This pink flamingo seems surprised at the rapid growth of the vegetables considering our lack of water all summer.
This blue headboard makes the perfect plant support. Looks like someone forgot their scissors!
A broken shard of a pot shelters new lettuce seedlings.
Together the broken shards make a sweet fence. Nothing is wasted here!
A small wind chime adorns this tomato cage.
An old shutter shades and supports these blooms.
Have a plant whose roots are invasive? Just put the entire pot into the ground.
Columbus Park is a neighborhood just east of our city market area. "From 1890 to 1920, many European immigrants – especially Italians – came to Kansas City to find work in the railroad and packing industries. Most of these Italian immigrants settled in the area that was once known as the North End or Little Italy, but today is known as Columbus Park." (Quote from this site.) If you visit Kansas City make sure you stop to enjoy this area.
Cafes Edie and I have tried and highly recommend in this area:
Next stop the Kansas Ctiy Community Garden and a contest!