Community and Education Garden

Have you seen the garden at Piedmont Park? Come and visit the north end of the Meadow which is home to a thriving organic garden. Piedmont Park Conservancy uses this area as an educational tool to demonstrate how food grows and what the plants look like. Originally developed for our EnviroVentures Summer Camp, the garden has grown over the years both in size and variety. Beginning in 2018, the Conservancy has expanded the garden’s use to be a community garden!

The garden is visited by more than 800 children each year, and is used to teach a variety of topics surrounding natural and organic gardening methods. We demonstrate how to utilize and cultivate beneficial microorganisms through composting, cover crops and good soil maintenance. We also focus on how to use seeds and transplants. identify plants and herbs to create a garden.

Community Garden

We have filled the initial plots. Any further applications will be placed on the wait list.

Eligibility: Open to members of any level of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, our Community Garden will start with 12 beds (depending on preferences, more than one person, group or family can have a bed). Plots will be awarded based on a lottery system. A waitlist will be established for when we create more beds. Starting next year, previous year gardeners will be given preference in the next year.

Location: The Community Garden will be housed within the existing Education Garden which is between the Meadow and the Dog Parks, under Park Drive Bridge.

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying to be a gardener of our new Community Garden, submit your application to Matthew Bagshaw at mbagshaw@piedmontpark.org.
Make sure to read ALL of the below documents prior to applying. If you are chosen, please note that the $30 plot fee will be due upon acceptance.

Fun Learning Programs In The Education Garden

Composting

Composting is a vital part of gardening.  There are many methods used to compost. Here in the Education Garden we use Hot Composting to recycle nutrients. All methods of compost have these needs in common:

  • Organic Material (garden & kitchen waste)
  • Air
  • Moisture
  • Heat

Why Compost?

  • Recycle nutrients from plants
  • Improves soil structure
  • Keeps organic waste out of landfills
  • Reduces water pollution
  • Adds beneficial organisms to soil
  • Eliminates need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides

The composting program took off in 2011.

Organic Gardening

When we grow food to eat, we get out what we put in. Here in the Education Garden, we only use organic methods to grow our plants. We grow our garden without applying unnatural chemicals and pesticides. This approach to gardening is nothing new. In fact, it’s the way our ancestors farmed for thousands of years. Our plants get nutrients from healthy soil & those nutrients are in the food we grow. Organic gardening is also gentle on the earth. This garden can grow and thrive without harming people, animals or other plants. The plants we grow are all plants that grow and thrive here in Atlanta. You can use our garden as a guide to grow edible plants at your home, school or even on a patio.

Hot Compost

Our series of pallet bins are home to our Hot Composting Program. Hot Compost isn’t a pile that just sits still, it’s an active process. These piles actually get HOT. We build piles using organic materials including kitchen and garden waste and turn them. The process of hot composting takes about four months to complete. At the end of the process, you have high quality soil to spread over your garden, and you’ve have transformed waste materials into valuable fertilizer.

There are many opportunities to learn how to compost at your home. We hold classes on Vermiculture and hot composting here at the Park.

The compost system is for current gardeners only. Due to potential rodent issues, we only compost garden waste and not household food waste. For home household waste collection, Compost Now is a Green Market Partner and good compost option: www.compostnow.org

Piedmont Park Learning Garden Pollinator Project

The Piedmont Park Conservancy, assisted by the Ansley Park Garden Club, Fulton Master Gardeners, and a heard of goats, created a Water-Wise, Pollinator Garden at the Learning Garden. Once a rich, overgrown woodland, this lovely area will soon feature water and rocks filled with bee, butterfly and bird friendly plants.

Complete with walking paths and signs, you’ll learn about the plants used to create a beautiful water-wise, pollinator garden. Come to the garden to plant trees and shrubs in the winter, and fill the garden with beautiful perennials in the spring. Look for classes to be offered starting in the Summer of 2017.

Learn about the value to the environment, how to have a spectacular garden that conserves water AND help the birds and insects pollinate our fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Join the Park’s volunteer program and have fun playing in the dirt.

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