Community Garden Opening Day: what gardeners need to know

 Opening Day 2012 with the late and beloved Chuck Jonkel, keeper of the raspberries, defender of the bears. 

Opening Day 2012 with the late and beloved Chuck Jonkel, keeper of the raspberries, defender of the bears. 

Date: Saturday, April 14

Returning Gardeners: 10 am - 12 pm 

New Gardeners: 12 pm - 2 pm (best to come early as we give away plots first come, first serve starting promptly at 12 pm) 

What is Opening Day? 

Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the year: every single community gardener comes to their garden to say hi, check out what's new, and sign their contracts and pay their fees.

It's a time when friendships are re-kindled or made anew. It's a time when folks learn what it means to be a community gardener, it's a time when folks find out a lot of the important nuts and bolts about their garden.

We ask that every gardener is attend Opening Day rain or shine, blizzard or blinding sun. We want to see you, selfishly, and we have some important things to share. 

Returning Gardeners:

(Gardeners who had a plot last year and are returning this year)

Please come between 10am -12pm to:

  • Reclaim your plot for this season
  • Get the latest dirt on your garden
  • Meet your Garden Leaders, garden neighbors, and get the details on this season's garden events
  • Sign your contract and pay your dues for this season
  • $40 plot fee + a $20 refundable deposit ($60 total)
  • Reconnect with old friends, meet some new ones!

New Gardeners:

(Gardeners who didn't have a plot last year)

Please come to your garden site between 12pm - 2 pm to:

  • Pick out your new garden plot! This is done on a first come, first serve basis, although please do not arrive earlier than noon
  • Tour your garden with a Garden Leadership Committee member
  • Meet your Garden Leaders and learn about this years events
  • Take care of some paperwork and pay your dues for this season
  • $40 plot fee + a $20 refundable deposit ($60 total)
  • Meet fellow gardeners and share in the excitement of the upcoming gardening season
  • Start digging in your new plot!

Not sure where your garden is? Check out this list or see it on a map.

Please let us know if you have any questions: emily@gardencityharvest.org or patrick@gardencityharvest.org.

All Gardeners:

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