Best Community Gardens In Atlanta

July 4, 2016 8:00 AM

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Across the country, community gardens have grown in popularity and have become more than just a passing fad. Community gardens not only bring fruits, vegetables and herbs to hungry Americans, they make a community work together for a common good. Community gardens have taken hold in many parts of the Atlanta metro areas, even in the urban neighborhoods. In 2007, the City of Atlanta passed a law allowing community gardens in city parks. Add in shared gardens in the suburbs, and the metro area is one of the top large cities when it comes to flourishing community gardens.
Blue Heron Community Garden
4055 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 345-1008
www.parkpride.org

Founded in 2006, Buckhead’s community garden is located in the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. The site of this garden is an old housing development, so the land is being re-purposed. The gardeners donate much of the grown goods to the Crossroads Community Ministries Soup Kitchen. Currently, there are 32 individual plots that yield everything from flowers to herbs and assorted vegetables. The site is also close to the homes of many a honey bee, which help with pollinating the plants and flowers.

Oakhurst Garden
435 Oakview Road
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-1920
wyldecenter.org/oakhurst-garden

Located right in Decatur, Oakhurst Garden is part of the Wylde Center greenspace. Oakhurst Garden is as unique as it is diverse. Gardeners will find everything from community plots to a greenhouse, an herb garden, chickens and varied ecosystems that encourage creativity in gardening. This garden is a non-profit that puts as much a premium emphasis on education as it does growing delicious produce.

Adams Vineyard
809 N. Peachtree St.
Norcross, GA 30071
(678) 471-9835
www.brockbuilt.com/communities/adams-vineyard

Brockbuilt homes has set a new high standard for living with its new community of homes in Norcross at Adams Vineyard. This neighborhood is modern living at its finest with greenspaces and a community garden. The walking trails and park lead to a community garden and a vineyard of all things. This community is all part of the wonderful seven-acre nature preserve that is the newest addition to Downtown Norcross. Brockbuilt is taking community gardening to a new level with Adams Vineyard.

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Gilliam’s Community Garden
1286 Oakland Terrace S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 410-0548
gilliamsgardens.wix.com/farm

Teaching children to garden may be a bit of a lost art, but the mission of Gilliam’s Community Garden is to teach and encourage kids to garden. Kids and community residents are taught everything from planting, preparing, juicing and eating the vegetables grown in the garden. Different elementary schools come out on school trips to Gilliam’s, and it regularly also hosts church and community groups. Membership applications are available on the website, so just complete the form and bring it with you to Gilliam’s when you come out to visit. Gilliam’s doesn’t allow the use of any synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

Woodstock Community Gardens
(770) 517-6788
www.woodstockga.gov

Off Dobbs Road and just east of Chattahoochee Technical College, you will find the beautiful plots of the Woodstock Community Gardens. There are limited 20′ x 20′ plots and also some 10′ x 10′ plots that usually have to be reserved a year in advance. Existing plot holders have first priority to keep their plot for the following year. The Community Gardens are part of the Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department. Located in Cherokee County in the north metro area, Woodstock has always put a premium on sustainability and activities for its residents.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything sports and tech-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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