Friendship Evergreen Community Garden at Ehrhardt Park

Saturday Morning Coffee

The Garden Management Team is busy organizing monthly Coffee in the Garden sessions with educational content. Our first Meet and Greet session went very well with good attendance and lots of enthusiasm.
The second Saturday of every month at 8:30 we will schedule the Coffee in the Garden Sessions. In November (Saturday the 13 th ) the topic will be ‘Building a Plot Shade/Frost Structure from PVC”. Doug Hobson will be presenting at this session and will discuss the availability of a tool kit to help you build your structure.

Hope to see you there.

Roses, Roses, Roses

Our Community Garden is filled with beautiful memorial roses, so much so that not one is left to adopt at this time. If you have not been down to the garden, stop by to see them coming back from a long, hot summer and in full bloom. The good news is that in January the third rose bed will open with about 10 new roses available for adoption. The 2022 cost will rise to $75 due to rising prices and the cost of perpetual maintenance. For each rose adoption, a custom plaque will be engraved with “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” your loved ones’ name. If you wish to purchase a rose, you may do so in December. Contact us using the email: for a rose donation form.

Let’s Get Planting!


It’s a wonderful time to plant your garden plot.  For extra help, Sean Hitch has been hired to be our garden coordinator.  He is in the garden Tues. – Sat. 7 am – 11 am. to answer your questions or help you get started.  The soil is ready to use – no need to add anything to it.

Below is only a partial list of what I have put in my garden.  If I plant from seed, I’ve noted that.  Otherwise, I buy starter plants at local nurseries.  


Bush beans – seed

Carrots – seed

Chard, ruby red – seed

Flowers – wildflowers from seed

Kale – seed

Mixed greens – seed


Spinach – seed

Sugar snap peas – seed, but you will need a trellis for them to climb

Tomato – my favorite is Roma or any of the patio, cherry tomatoes

If you have questions, please email and we can help you!


Welcome Back Gardeners… It’s Season Two!

It is finally Fall and the new garden season is upon us. We have 67 plots this year and room for more
gardeners. On Oct 1 you may begin working your plot. All plots have new, fresh soil and are ready for

This year we will have Learn in the Garden sessions that will cover a variety of topics. We will be looking
for Artists interested in Art in the Garden, including a large Mural Wall.

A new Garden Coordinator has been hired by Friendship Village. Sean Hitch will be in the garden Mon-
Fri, 7-11 to answer questions and assist gardeners. In December we will be opening a third Memorial
Rose Bed for those interested in a memorial rose.

Two shade structures are in the works. The first will be located in the rose garden and the second mid-
garden near the communal shed. New garden benches will be installed throughout the garden this year.

On October 23 (Saturday) T 8:30am a garden opening Coffee ‘Meet and Greet’ will be held. All are
welcome to visit the garden. Family and friends are welcome.

If you are a new gardener and wish to join and are not yet on the waiting list, please contact Sandy
Reinhardt ( The annual fee of $100 is the lowest of all the community gardens in town.
If you haven’t gotten around to paying your fee, please do as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on
the fun in the garden.

Looking forward to seeing you in the garden…

Preparing for the 21-22 season!

Work is under way on the 12 new plots, bringing out total to 67 plots this year. Soil is being delivered to refurbish the existing plots. The future artists wall has been refinished ready for artwork later this fall. And, the third rose bed has pumpkins planted for fall before being used for roses in January. Don’t forget to come check out our new community plot that is under construction too. Stay tuned for more details on further development of community gathering spaces around the garden.

New Year, New Garden

As our inaugural growing season comes to a close, the garden is alive with activity. The Artist wall that will feature artwork by community artists has been refurbished! In addition, work has begun on adding 12 new garden beds for the next growing season, as well as soil remediation to provide more nutrients in the existing 55 plots. The third rose garden bed is nearing completion, and plans are being finalized for a shade structure to provide a gathering place for gardeners and the community. Come by the garden to check out all our progress!

An Uninvited Guest in My Community Garden Plot: June 2021

Imagine my surprise when I found this creature in my garden today. It is ½ inch in diameter and 3.5 inches in length.

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The head is to the right and the “tail” end to the left with the reddish projection.  This is the Tobacco Hornworm caterpillar which feeds on tobacco but also loves tomato, eggplant, and pepper.  It is a type of Sphinx Moth and closely related to and easily confused with the Tomato Hornworm which feeds on the same plants. A person holding a leaf

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The Moth is sometimes called the “Hummingbird Moth” since it is seen hovering over the host plant with quick wingbeats. (Photo credit: The Web, Noah Project).A picture containing hand, person, insect

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The Moth lays its eggs on the host plant, in this case my tomato leaves, and within 2-3 days the eggs hatch into tiny caterpillars. 

As the caterpillar grows feeding on my delicious plants, it becomes too big for its outer layer and every 3-5 days, it sheds. It does this 5 times getting bigger each time. These stages are called “instars”.  After the 5th instar, it forms the “pupa” and incubates from 2 weeks to over-wintering in cold areas.  The Moth emerges from the pupa and the cycle starts again.

I decided to remove the Tobacco Hornworm caterpillar from my plot and transplanted it to a bush outside the garden. My hope is that nesting birds will feed it to their hungry babies!  Call it supporting nature’s way but not in my garden plot.

Nancy, in the Friendship Evergreen Community Garden, Tempe, AZ.

New Features Coming to the Garden

We have some exciting new features coming to the garden! The board is currently working on adding 12 new beds to the garden, as well as a larger community plot. We are also continuing to develop a community space with shade in the garden. The benches below will be installed around the garden in the coming months. Finally, work on a third rose garden is underway and should be completed by end of summer.

Rose Garden Dedication

This past weekend, members or the garden, Friendship Valley, and the community gathered together for the rose garden dedication. After many hours of preparation, building, and care, the roses came to life. This weekend, those who bought a memorial rose bush were able to pick their plaque, and place it in front of their rose bush. We are looking forward to seeing these rose bushes grow and blossom for many years to come.

Rose Garden Update

Early in January our rose garden began to take shape. Volunteers built the raised beds and tilled the native soil together with compost. Others researched appropriate rose varieties for climate, color and growth pattern. Even more work went into sourcing the roses and the amendments and fertilizer for optimal rose growth.

As the team prepared each hole for planting, we mixed magnesium sulfate, bone meal, gypsum, sulfur and 5-8-5 rose fertilizer into the soil backfill. Then began the waiting game. In all, we planted 32 rose bushes.

Watering was our next challenge. A couple of irrigation line breaks delayed the automatic watering system, leading to several days of hand watering each rose bush. Then came the rain, which delayed the need to start the automatic irrigation at all. After that, we had to observe how the water infiltrated the soil to adjust for what we hope is the right amount of water. And even that will change with the weather. At last count in March, only two of the rose bushes failed and will need to be replaced. Just this week, ‘Stainless Steel’ won for first to bloom!

We look forward to cultivating these rose beds over the next few years. With time, each bush will gain strength and develop a larger root system to weather ongoing challenges. Come take a look at our beautiful garden and stop to smell the roses as they continue to bloom!