Garden beds ready for winter planting, projects remain

Garden beds ready for winter planting, projects remain
Susan Fraser spreads mulch around native rose bushes in the "new" Willowbranch Rose Garden.

Although the Riverside Avondale Community Garden has been yielding bountiful harvests since its April 2016 opening, several projects remain which require funds and help to complete.

The several remaining items will be funded by the city. District 14 Councilman Jim Love will sponsor a bill to appropriate the money for the main garden gate, a bicycle rack, signage, a second accessible garden bed and the parking lot. Sponsorships and volunteers are needed to put in a butterfly garden and compost bins.

“It takes a village,” said Susan Fraser, coordinator of the Riverside Avondale Community Garden. She was one of several residents who spent a bright fall morning last month finishing the new rose garden just outside the northwest corner of the community garden. Fraser said native rose bushes were planted and would eventually twine along the fence line fronting Park Street.

Along with Tracy Miller, a local attorney and new gardener who assisted with the rose garden, Susan Tandingan and Tom Lecato worked very hard to dress up the herb garden, making it ready for its winter replanting, said Fraser.

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