Community gardens and urban agriculture projects are a powerful way for people to connect with others for healthy, enriching experiences in their neighborhoods. We've long covered people changing their community with the power of gardening, so we invited our readers to share their photos and stories about their community gardening experiences. Some of the organizations we've written about have also generously contributed new images from their gardens.
Below are some of the beautiful photos and stories we gathered over the last few weeks. For those who licensed their images with a Creative Commons license, we've gathered their photos into this public Flickr group so anyone can use and remix them (and you're welcome to add your own CC-licensed photos of your community garden as well!).
New Leaf Refugee Agriculture
The New Leaf Refugee Agriculture Program is an initiative by the Multicultural Refugee Coalition, a non-profit organization located in Austin, Texas, U.S., focused on improving refugee livelihoods. The photographer behind the photos, Steve Moakley, describes the project:
In partnership with the City of Austin and a local high school, the program provides garden plots at three community gardens in the city for refugees to use. Not only are they able to grow fresh food for their families, but working the land lets them return to activities they enjoyed in their home countries. The gardens are also a place for refugees to develop a sense of community with each other and with the general public. All of this helps them heal and process the transition to life in the United States.
Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.
1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.
2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?
3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.
4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.
5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.