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Heritage Park Gardens opens this spring

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The new Heritage Park Gardens will open to Carson Valley gardeners this spring. Phase one of the gardens provides 10 individual spaces available for people in the community to grow vegetables and/or flowers.

Plots can be rented for a small annual fee to help cover the cost of water and other necessities. Anyone interested in applying for a garden space should contact Paula Lochridge, Program Manager of Main Street Gardnerville, by e-mail plochridge@mainstreetgardnerville.org or phone 782-8027, and plan to attend a meeting 10 a.m. April 14 at at Heritage Park Gardens, located just east of Heritage Park off Gilman Ave.

In addition to individual plots, Heritage Park Gardens will feature three demonstration gardens. Master Gardeners of Douglas County will grow an “Edible Landscaping” garden and the Native Plants Club of Reno Cooperative Extension will showcase “Native Plants” available for our area. A large hoop house is planned for installation within the first growing season. There will be a shared compost area. Committee members plan to grow a vegetable garden and contribute the fresh harvest to our local food bank.

A dedicated and enthusiastic committee met in February 2011 to gather ideas and formulate a plan for the 1 1/2 acre lot owned by the Town of Gardnerville. Approved for development of a community/public garden space, the committee moved ahead with a draft plan and began efforts to locate funding for the project. The first major effort last fall was to order 5,000 daffodils. 2,000 bulbs were sold to pay for the 3,000 bulbs that are currently in bloom in the “Daffodil Corner” of the Gardens and along Gardnerville’s Main Street. Monthly work days were supported throughout the past year with help from many local volunteers including Boy Scouts from Troop #140 and Girl Scouts of Troop No. 218. A local ranch owner donated hay bales for set up of the movable garden spaces.

After a year of planning and preparation, the committee is excited to launch Heritage Park Gardens. Expansion plans include additional growing spaces in raised beds, a Children’s Garden, public walking paths, a labyrinth garden, and garden art. Students at Douglas High School are currently working on a daffodil mosaic for the Gardens. There will be a regular schedule of classes to support the vegetation education component of the plan.

The community is invited to an Open House and Plant Swap on the calendar for June 2.