Dr. Judith Gulko loves to garden. She loves working with the soil and working with plants.
She is participating in the Rotary Community Garden of Coral Springs.
“This garden is meant to draw the community at large and people who desire to be part of an ecological place,” said Gulko. “This is especially good for people who don’t have land to plant a garden. Eventually we will get more kids to work on this garden.”
People who want to garden in Coral Springs but don’t have a large yard or open space can still enjoy the satisfaction of raising herbs, flowers and vegetables.
On Saturday, October 23, about 15 volunteers built 20 raised garden beds that will allow more people to have gardens in Coral Springs.
Through the Rotary Club of Coral Springs, people can rent four by eight-foot garden spaces along Sportsplex Drive near the dog park for $32 a year. Currently Rotary Community Garden of Coral Springs has 21 spaces that people are using to grow herbs, flowers and vegetables. The Rotary Club has played an instrumental role in developing the garden project.
The Rotary Club of Coral Springs is working in partnership with the City of Coral Springs Parks and Recreation Department to make the community garden a reality. The city provided land and a fence for the project.
The community garden received a sponsorship from Whole Foods Market of Coral Springs to expand by an additional 20 plots of land, according to David Johnson, a member of the Rotary Club of Coral Springs.
“About a year ago, the City of Coral Springs was interested in starting a community garden and asked if we would like to help,” said Johnson. “We are heading up the project. The city has provided land to build the garden.”
The land is open to the public and anyone can lease a parcel of ground. “This is very good for people who don’t have a yard,” said Johnson. “It is good for people who live in an apartment or condominium or maybe don’t have a large enough yard to plant a garden. We have tripled our land area and now more people can have garden space.”
Johnson said people enjoy working in the garden. And there are a wide variety of plants that people are growing. People involved in the garden project meet the third Thursday night of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods in Coral Springs.
“We will be adding a tropical fruit tree grove the garden in the next 60 days,” said Johnson.
This Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. those interested in the garden project will meet at the garden to prepare 20 new plots. This will enable those on a waiting list for a plot to have a garden.
Lee Swerdloff, a master gardener enjoys working his plot of ground. “This is something great for the community,” he said. “We are making progress. I would like to grow tomatoes and potatoes. A lot of people don’t have yard space and this allows them to have a garden. They like the camaraderie of coming together to work on a garden.”