By: Jen Russon
In a typical year, the rotary community garden and food forest of Coral Springs is buzzing with activity, but due to COVID-19, two of its annual fundraisers took a raincheck.
The first week of November is poised to make up for those cancellations in the form of a garden market and plant sale.
All of the market items are donated, and 100 percent of the proceeds are going toward future garden projects.
Satya Rudin, a community garden member, said she’s excited about the wide range of plants coming to the market.
“We will have Bodhi trees, starter veggies, herbs, flowers, flower arrangements, butterfly plants, and craft items with garden themes,” said Rudin.
She added if the first garden market is a success, another one is planned for December.
The event will take place in the Coral Springs Community Garden, which was established in 2009, and has since grown to include over 50 raised garden beds, a food forest, and the Helena Ramsay Memorial Garden.
The harvests from the community garden yield enough to donate to local food banks.
Located near the Steven G. Paul Dog Park entrance, the garden has come a long way since its first seeds were planted. The fundraiser is planned to pay for additions and enhancements.
The gardeners hope to build a healing reflexology path as part of the Helena Ramsay Memorial, dedicated to the young victim of the Parkland shooting, and rebuild the raised-beds currently all rented out in the adjacent garden.
A children’s garden, and a keyhole garden for older citizens and people with disabilities, are also planned; as well as rain barrel and box sign painting projects.
“A Garden Market” will be held on Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Shoppers are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.
The community garden is located at 2915 Sportsplex Drive in Coral Springs.
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- Jen Russon is a freelance writer and English Language Arts teacher. She has published two novels to Amazon Kindle and lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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