Community Garden Listing
Toledo GROWs services over 150 community gardens in our area. Here is just a sampling of these unique urban havens for horticulture:
The Mercy Garden at Ten Eyck is almost ten years old now. This garden began as a small patch of land and has grown larger each year. In addition to the residents of Ten Eyck Towers, gardeners come from the Youth Treatment Center, Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime, and the downtown area in general. Youth from the CITE program established pathways and planted the perennial border that you will notice blooming along Jefferson for years to come.
Museum Place gardeners cleared a jungle of weeds and debris to create this charming garden that serves as a magnificent social space and outdoor pantry. The neighborhood blockwatch group is very active in this garden.
A partnership of Glenwood Lutheran, Firm Foundations, and Boys & Girls Club have started a new garden. The youth have done a fabulous job and have enjoyed harvesting a wide array of fruits and vegetables. The young gardeners have planted fruit trees and perennials and next year neighborhood residents will be lending a green thumb as well.
Ms. Kidd’s Garden is named after Ms. Kidd herself, a 92 year young gardening enthusiast. She has helped volunteers with advice and by donating water. Toledo GROWs helps home gardeners like Ms. Kidd with seeds, plants and support through a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
The Frederick Douglass Center community garden is tended by children from “the Doug” three days a week in order to creat a beautiful green space. Neighbors have become involved and many butterflies and birds now appear to enjoy the blooms. The gardeners’ achivements are especially impressive because the soil at the site was so compacted that the GROWs contract tiller refused to use his tractor on it!
Founded in 2002, the Monroe Street United Methodist Garden serves children from the surrounding neighborhoods.
Members of the Latino community express their art and culture through the Sofia Quintero Center community garden. Filled with brilliant colors and artworks, the garden has brightened up the intersection of Broadway and Crittenden for nearly a decade.
Possibly northwest Ohio’s best school garden, the Washington Junior High community garden is a model for handicap accessibility and student engagement in volunteerism. The garden impacts students through a variety of classes and features a butterfly garden, with much effort by dedicated teacher Scott Michaelis.
Manos community garden at Jackson and 14th St. was offered to Toledo GROWs in 2010 and was completed a year later. The design encompasses the idea of community, art and nature in this unique Uptown District of Downtown Toledo which is a mix of residential and business. It’s a place for people to explore, for neighbors to adopt a garden bed and grow their own produce, and it’s also a place of community interaction.