Niagara Gazette — Greenprint has assisted with the city’s newest garden at 907 Walnut in the Falls, built from a vacant double lot on a tidy street near Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The garden is sponsored by the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center.
“People ask me why an arts center would get involved with a community garden,” said Kathie Kudela, executive director of the NACC. “But, even if people can’t paint or draw, they can be an artist in the garden.”
The garden, crowned by a handmade arbor created by NACC master woodworker Victor Marwin, is a French-styled kitchen garden, with vegetable plots framed by landscaping and flowers.
“It’s drawing people together,” Kudela said of the garden, adding that those passing by are stopping to ask questions and that one women, driving by, was so inspired by the activity, she inquired about purchasing the neglected, abandoned house next door.
Over in Kenmore, at Knox Church, 2595 Elmwood Ave., the community garden is “in bloom and looks good,” said assistant pastor Shawn Dewey, who added there are still a few available spaces for anyone in the community who wants to try their hand at planting for a nominal garden rental fee.
The Knox garden, created last year, was built on a green space alongside the church, and “it was kind of cool to transform that into something that grows and provides,” he said.
New community gardens are being built all over the region. This spring, on Grand Island, John Drehs and his wife, Brigitte, have started a community garden behind the convenience store on Staley and Ransom roads, on land donated by the store’s owner. The Drehs moved to Grand Island from Oregon where they were participants in a community garden. They enjoyed the experience so much that John devoted much of his winter to starting one on the island, seeking donations and help from whoever he could find.