Gardeners, get ready: the Highland Park Community Garden opens soon!

Highland Park Community Garden. Photo via Highland Park Community Garden on Facebook

Highland Park residents, the time has almost come to test out your green thumbs. The Highland Park Community Garden is opening soon! Here are the details.

How the Garden Started & What It Includes

Raised beds at the Highland Park Community Garden. Photo via Highland Park Community Garden on Facebook

The Highland Park Community Garden is located in Rushton Park on Highland Avenue. Members across the Birmingham community helped to make it possible. Carlos Hernandez of ArchitectureWorks designed the garden pro bono, Brasfield & Gorrie donated the cost of materials and Independent Presbyterian Church is the garden’s 501(c)3 backer.   

The garden includes the following:

  • 21 raised four-by-eight garden beds
  • Toolshed
  • Covered space for composting and outdoor classes

Learn About Plant Propagation and More in Community Garden Classes.

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Specific classes aren’t planned just yet, but the Highland Park Community Garden Committee has a list of suggestions from residents they plan to cover. The garden will also partner with community organizations for classes on topics like plant propagation, climate change and sustainability. 

The first class is planned for April. Stay tuned to Bham Now for more info!

Time to Celebrate

Raised beds at the Highland Park Community Garden. Photo via Highland Park Community Garden on Facebook

Don’t miss the garden’s ribbon-cutting event this Friday!

When: Friday, March 6 at 11AM

Where: Highland Park Community Garden. 3000 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35205

But leave your shears and shovels at home—the garden won’t officially open to gardeners for use until Monday, March 16th.

Who can use the garden?    

The garden isn’t open for use to the general public. Residents of Highland Park had the opportunity to register for a lottery to secure a plot until February 15.

This week, The Highland Park Community Garden Committee is hosting a garden plot drawing event on March 6 at 6PM in Rojo’s side room. 96 lucky gardeners will be selected.

Want a community garden in your neighborhood? Reach out!

“While we’re based solely in Highland Park, for the time being, the Garden Committee is committed to assisting residents in any Birmingham neighborhood launch similar projects in city parks throughout the city.

We’re hoping that we can provide a blueprint for other communities to follow and to help create a network of support for these grassroots efforts to improve food accessibility in Birmingham. If you’re interested in starting a garden where you live, reach out! We’d love to help in any way we can.”

Tori McDonald, garden co-founder and garden committee president, Highland Park Community Garden 

Are you excited about this new community garden in Birmingham? Would you like one in your neighborhood? Let us know @BhamNow!