Friendship Evergreen Community Garden at Ehrhardt Park

Frost is Here!

With the onset of frost for the season, the gardeners have been hard at work building hot-houses and protecting their plants from the cold. Come by and see the wonderful architecture the garden has to offer. From PVC pipe to wire structures, and the ever convenient bed sheet the garden is full of creative ways to stay warm! In other news, the first compost pile is well under way. If you have ideas on how to expand our compost, feel free to reach out to Carolyn, or any board member!

Fertilization is well underway,. See the garden notices for updates on dates and how to opt out if that’s your style.

Don’t forget, Carolyn is there 5 days a week to answer any gardening questions you might have!

Photo credit: Carolyn Woods

New Photos

Frost Frames Being Built
The Compost ‘Cooking’ bay

Compost Delivery

Compost has been delivered! Stay tuned for more information on getting involved in composting and how to use it in your gardens.

Grand Opening!

Although we started planting early, we hosted our grand opening ceremony on Saturday, October 24, 2020! It was wonderful to meet all of the gardeners and see the incredible plots already planted!

Here is a link to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony:

https://fb.watch/1pqCAi4pJD/

Please stop by and take a look and find some new ideas!

We are Sold OUT!!!

As of today all plots in the garden are sold out… WOW… what a wonderful response from so many people.

There is a Waiting List Signup Sheet posted on the Storage Shed wall for those who would like to sign up for future openings.

Thank You Everyone for making this a success.

Carolyn Woods: Our New (First) Garden Coordinator at Friendship Evergreen Garden

Carolyn has her MBA and is a certified landscaper through the Desert Botanical Garden. She comes to Friendship Village Tempe after spending decades in high-tech marketing. She works in the new community garden Tuesday to Saturday mornings while she pursues her next degree in landscape horticulture and shifts from gardening as a hobby to a second career. She is passionate about urban gardening and garden tourism.

Carolyn moved to Arizona twenty years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area. Now she lives in Chandler after raising her kids in Gilbert, where she was president of her HOA for many years. She has lived in several countries and welcomes any opportunity to speak German and to improve her French and Spanish. Her hobbies include yoga, vegetarian cooking and travel.

We are Planting!!!

All Paid up Gardeners are starting to plant their plots. So exciting to see it come to life.

New Photos of our Progress

The tool shed with shelving under construction. Each gardener will have an individual bin for storing gloves and handtools.
Contemplating drip hose lines and manure for spreading
The greatFVT Grounds Team who have worked tirelessly to finish the garden
Celebrating the completion of manure spreading
There are five supplementary hoses available for hand and tool washing or for your plot

It’s Happening, the Garden is Open

All gardeners who have paid for their plots have been in the garden and placed their name stakes. If you haven’t paid yet, now is the time to do it. Once you have paid you will be notified when to come to the garden and pick your plot.

We anticipate the added nitrogen to arrive this Wednesday and be spread soon after. Once that is done and the drip lines are installed in each plot we will be ready to open for planting.

Here are the latest photos.

Gardeners picking their plots.

These are the drip lines each plot will have.
Meyer Lemon Trees have been planted along with other new trees that will provide shade and beauty to the garden.

Plot Questionnaire and Assignment Request