Scarecrows and shovels, trash cans and gardening gloves are strewn about in South Kensington community gardens. Few plants are blooming, but preparations are underway for another year of community-based gardening.
“I think that community gardens can really bring people out from the community [and] give you a chance to meet your neighbors or people living in the next block,” said resident Janelle Williams about Cohocksink Community Garden at Thompson and Mascher streets.
While community gardens provide residents an opportunity to mingle, the beautifying effect in the neighborhood is more important to other residents.
“I think that without them in the city, it would all be buildings and no greenery,” said resident Mya Phillips about Tillmon Community Garden at Fourth and Master streets. “It gives you a little bit of the suburbs in the city.”
“It’s really beautiful once everything starts blooming,” said resident Daniel Rodriguez about La Finquita at Master and Lawrence streets. He finds the community garden important because he grows most of his vegetables there.
“I grow peppers, tomatoes, sweet peas, a little bit of everything on my plot. I don’t sell what I usually grow, I keep it and take it home.”
“Gardens can bring peacefulness to the busy city life. I’d like to see more in the community,” Williams said.
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