Coral Springs Reveals Expanded Community Garden
Published on October 09, 2023
Coral Springs, FL – Those looking to test their green thumbs can now apply to lease one of several garden beds available as part of the now-complete expansion of the Coral Springs Community Garden in partnership with the Rotary Club (2915 Sportsplex Drive.)
Nearly doubling the number of available flower and plant beds, the garden has been redesigned to include more than 100 beds available for community use, compared to the previous count of 54 beds. Beds cost $60 per year for existing members and $120 for new members. Reserving a bed allows gardeners to sow and nurture plants and flowers within their selected bed for a period of one year. Individuals, families, or groups can reserve their bed on the city’s website.
In addition to more beds, the Community Garden also now features an educational garden and a children’s garden where volunteers plan to host classes, workshops, and field trips that they hope will encourage further knowledge about Florida gardening and sustainable practices.
“The Community Garden is a hidden gem in our city that is made successful by our residents and dedicated volunteers,” Dr. Andrea Lemaitre, Coral Springs Sustainability Manager said. “This expansion enhances the space for current gardeners, welcomes new gardeners, and provides new opportunities for education about native species, the importance of green spaces in cities, wildlife conservation, and healthy food and habits for our residents. This is another great way we are all building a Sustainable Coral Springs, together.”
Construction was completed on a new Community Garden Pavilion named in memory of Kevin Connor, Jr. The Coral Springs Rotary Club President Stef Verleysen, former Coral Springs Mayor Roy Gold, P&H Interiors owner Susan Connor, and the Levitetz Family Foundation teamed up to fund the construction of the pavilion to provide shade and a place for picnics and gatherings.
“The Community Garden is a passion of mine, so to see the completion of the pavilion, the addition of more beds, and new opportunities for education, is truly the culmination of years of hard work and combined efforts to bring more environmental features and knowledge to the community,” said Coral Springs Rotary Club President Stef Verleysen.
Founded in 2009, the Community Garden is a joint effort between the City of Coral Springs, the Coral Springs Rotary Club and local volunteers. More information can be found at CoralSprings.gov/Garden.