The Old Louisville Community Garden wanted a garden to be a place not only for the gardeners, but also the community members.
The Old Louisville Community Garden was established in 2013 when two members of our garden leadership, Jean Christensen and Karen Mullen, saw a lot that was covered with trash right next to a planned kids playground. They requested to use the land at the permission of the owner, Dan Borsch. From the garden’s inception, we wanted the garden to be a place not only for the gardeners, but also the community members. To that end, community gardeners have installed edible borders (with thornless blackberries, raspberries, and native chokeberries), benches and a picnic table (which anyone may use), and a Monarch Waystation and pollinator garden to help our neighbors’ and the park’s horticulture to benefit from the presence of healthy and happy pollinators. The edible borders, in particular, was planted to encourage children who come to the recently built playground (merely a city plan five years ago) to learn about plants, gardening, and healthy eating