Archive for May, 2012

The Old Bee Shed Gets A New Home…Part II

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, after much back and forth planning, members of the Mastery Pickett Community Garden, in Germantown, visited our garden to take possession of the old bee shed which we were donating to them. The following week, while in their area on other business, I decided to find their location and stop by for a visit. I found them and was pleasantly surprised to find their young garden well into the growing cycle. This is only their second season, but they seem well established…water system, compost machine, chipped paths, in short, well organized and obviously loved by the membership.

Our old shed has found a nice new home and will be helping out some dedicated gardeners in another part of our city. A road trip is definitely a must later in the summer

–Thom

SWQVGarden Named “Inspiring Community Garden”

Monday, May 21st, 2012

This month, SWQVGarden was featured in earth911′s list of Inspiring Community Gardens nationwide.

We are, of course, completely thrilled. But how they found us remains shrouded in mystery. Janice discovered the writeup by chance when she received the latest earth911 newsletter and happened to page through the article.

So how did they find us? Janice and I are hot on the trail and have written letters of inquiry to the San Francisco-based author and also to NGA. If anyone has additional information, please let us know. As Janice remarks, “I hope we can shed light on this soon — inquiring minds need to know.”

NOTE: Earth911 is a privately held company which helps consumers find local recycling information through the largest recycling directory in the U.S. They have offices in Scottsdale Arizona and Washington D.C.

UPDATE: MYSTERY SOLVED! Here is the reply from Alexis Petru, the author:

Hi Barbara,

Glad you liked the article! :)

One of our other staff writers, Mary Mazzoni, lived in Philadelphia for awhile and had written stories for local publications about some of the city’s community gardens. When my editor asked me to write a story on community gardens, Mary told me to be sure to check out Philly’s gardens since many were well-established and long-running.

So I Googled around and came across Southwark/Queen Village’s very informative website, read about the garden’s history and thought, “This would be a great garden to include in my story!”

That’s the story…not terribly exciting to say I did Google search, but that’s how we all find things these days, right?

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

–Barb