More than just a ‘community garden’ |

More than just a ‘community garden’

The Town of Gardnerville maintains four parks: Arbor Gardens Park, Heritage Park, Gardner Park, and Martin Slough Natural Trail and Park. Heritage Park Gardens is meeting its goal to become much more than just a community garden by providing an area with multiple benefits to the community. Features include a labyrinth for walking, demonstration gardens, decorative and teaching gardens plus children’s workshops. The first children’s workshop of the season is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday and is for ages 5-12.

Main Street Gardnerville is also renting garden plots with irrigation at Heritage Park Gardens in downtown Gardnerville. Annual prices cover the period of April 1-March 30. Plot sizes range from 4-feet by 5-feet at $30 for the season to 4-feet by 14-feet for $70. To rent a space, visit the gardens from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 or contact Carol Sandmeier, Plots are available for growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. The next phase of the park’s development is “Growing to Share” and is intended to help people of all ages. A section of the “sharing gardens” will grow fresh produce for the local food closet. Participants learn, grow, share, beautify and benefit from this charitable project. Call the Main Street Gardnerville office at 782-8027 with questions.

Heritage Park events throughout the year include movies in the park, Splash Dog, a July 4 firecracker walk/run and patriotic concert, an Earth Day Celebration on April 22 and an open house and plant fair at the gardens on May 20. Fall activities continue with October’s Coffin Races, a fall festival with scarecrow making and activities, the Carson Valley Christmas Kickoff plus the annual New Year’s Eve candlelight labyrinth walk. Gardnerville’s parks are also available to rent for private celebrations, community events and other social functions. If you would like to learn more, download the form under Government/Town Forms at

Carson Valley Lions Club Used Eyeglass Collection Program

Please don’t throw your old eyeglasses away. Carson Valley Lions Club collects about 100 pairs of used glasses each month for their “Lions Recycle for Sight” project. Branches of Lions Clubs in the U.S., Canada and several other countries have been doing so for more than 80 years. The eyeglasses are cleaned and repaired to distribute to the needy in developing nations. You can help this worthwhile project continue and grow by donating your unneeded glasses at any of the following drop-off locations: Smith’s Grocery Store, Rite Aid Drugs, Topsy Lane Walmart, Douglas County Senior Center, Douglas County Library, Gardnerville Post Office, Gardnerville Ranchos Post Office, Dr. Sommer Lyons office or Pritchett Eye Center. Contact Lion Nancy Stephenson with any questions at 783-4383.

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