Community garden starts with 20 plots

Community garden starts with 20 plots

Riverside Avondale Preservation will share details of the winning community garden design to residents interested in participating in the planned garden at Azalea Terrace and Park Street. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the site of what is currently the Willowbranch Rose Garden Park.

The winning design, Simple Curve, includes a curving wall to define the garden and form the initial experience of the space. The garden has 34 plots – although just 20 will be available initially – symmetrically organized along a central axis, and includes an educational and gathering space at the entrance. It will be fenced and include roses in a design salute to the original intent of the Rose Garden.

Designs were submitted and displayed at the Annual Tour of Homes in late April. Both the community and a panel of judges were invited to choose the design that would best fit the Historic District. The winner, Dorina Bakiri, has a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida and is employed by RS&H, a design firm that ranks 69 out of the top 500 ranked by Engineering-News Record. Bakiri, an Avondale resident, is an Emerging Design Professional, which is part of the Jacksonville AIA.

RAP is currently working with the City of Jacksonville on agreements regarding use of the space and maintenance, which will be managed by a RAP volunteer committee.

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