Garden Tenders

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How To Start A Community Garden

Garden Tenders, a program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), gives this descriptive information:

PHS Garden Tenders is a training course for those interested in starting community gardens on vacant lots, in parks, around schools and churches, or other locations. PHS Garden Tenders is open to groups, individuals, educators, and anyone interested in gardening with others.

Participants gain hands-on gardening experience and learn how to establish successful, self-sustaining community gardens. Introductory topics include basic horticulture, finding a site, recruiting and keeping volunteers, assessing and finding resources in your neighborhood, planting and garden maintenance, and forming partnerships.

Additional gardening workshops help gardeners develop their skills. The responsibility for creating and maintaining gardens belongs to each group.

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