A New Garden

Saratoga Springs Community Garden at Wesley

Saratoga Springs has a new community garden starting. If you would like to be involved as this garden breaks ground, let us know.

The garden was the brainchild of long-time Saratoga resident Susan Bokan, who was bitten by the gardening bug last year when she grew as assortment of vegetables at her home. A fan of locally grown, wholesome foods she decided to see if she couldn’t get a community garden going that would be readily accessible to gardeners downtown.

She approached some of the city’s movers and shakers and before long had some start-up funding from the Saratoga Foundation and community support from Wesley and the LA Group, landscape architects.

Brian Nealon, CEO of the Wesley Community, offered the use of a field near the Embury Towers that was level, had ample parking and an existing water source as the location for the garden. And Mike Ingersoll, principal of the LA Group, drew a garden plan that is reminiscent of French potager gardens in that it is at once both beautiful and utilitarian with approximately 40 beds measuring 10 by 5 feet, wide walkways and plans for a sitting area with trees to shade gardeners.

In late April, about 20 people came to a meeting at the Library to talk about the garden and fill in an application. But it is not too late if you would like to have a plot. A small fee will be assessed to cover running expenses. The exact amount has not been determined.

If you are interested in a plot, print out and complete an application. Mail it to: Susan Bokan, 81 Lincoln Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Work on the garden is expected to begin in the next few weeks. Check back for a progress report.

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