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February 20, 2014
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Spring is in the air at Heritage Park Gardens

It’s spring kickoff time at Heritage Park Gardens 1 p.m. March 1, weather permitting.

Community garden plots of varying sizes will be available for rent for the 2014 growing season. There will also be refreshments, a seed giveaway, and garden goodies yard art available for a donation.

“It’s a great way to meet all the volunteers who have been working on the project, and the people from the community who help support the project by renting the plots,” Main Street Gardnerville Director Paula Lochridge said.

Heritage Park Gardens began three years ago and has grown to 15 beds. There are six plots available to rent with costs varying from $30-$70 a season depending on size.

“If more come we’ll take names and build more gardens,” garden committee chairwoman Carol Sandmeier said. “We’re not going to turn anyone away.”

Volunteers will be on site working to get the garden in shape for the coming planting season, so people are encouraged to bring a hat and gloves if they’d like to help.

Guests can also take a walk around the labyrinth that was constructed last summer, tour the gardens, and learn about this year’s children’s garden project.

The 50-by-75-foot children’s garden will include plots for children, and offer educational classes on growing their own food. It was made possible through a $6,000 specialty block crop grant through the USDA.

As an accent to the community garden, the labyrinth is a circular meditative walking path lined with painted rocks, leading to a larger rock in the middle.

Heritage Park Gardens is a project of Main Street Gardnerville and Town of Gardnerville.

For more information, contact Carol at, or Lochridge at 782-8027 or

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 20, 2014 09:52AM Published Feb 20, 2014 09:52AM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.