ARLINGTON — Whether you already have a green thumb or your interest in horticulture is just budding, the Arlington Community Garden currently has a limited number of planting beds available, adjacent to the Arlington Library at the intersection of N. Washington Avenue and E. Second Street.
"While 24 of the Community Garden's 27 plots are taken, the remaining three are available right now," said Virginia Hatch, one of the volunteer coordinators of the Arlington Community Garden. "There's a waiting list for the other planting beds. If you give us your contact information, we'll not only let you know when those are free, but we'll also notify you about all of our upcoming gardening classes."
Hatch reassured those who don't wish to be bothered too often by updates that the Arlington Community Garden's classes for this spring and summer are still being scheduled.
"They'll be a bit sporadic, since this is being done on an all-volunteer basis," Hatch said. "We're hoping to have four or five classes this season, including one on raising earthworms. We had a class on garlic last year that was extremely popular."
This year's rental fees for the Arlington Community Garden are running at $20 per plot, which Hatch touted as a modest expense for the wealth of learning experience it can offer.
"Maintaining your own portion of a garden gives you a whole laboratory to play around with," Hatch said. "Our gardeners range from small children to I won't even say how old, but it's way up there. This year, we even have a Camp Fire group tending to one of the planting beds. It's a lot of fun to watch the kids working intently on their plots."
The city of Arlington provides the land and water to nurture the plants, in exchange for the Arlington Community Garden volunteers looking after the area through cooperative efforts with their tenant gardeners.
"As much as anything, you can take advantage of the opportunity to be around other people and get acquainted with your fellow community members," Hatch said. "A lot of folks nowadays don't even know their neighbors, but I've seen lasting friendships develop through the Community Garden. Even if you're not a gardener, we welcome visitors to wander through and appreciate the scene. We even have a bench set out so that people can read the books they check out from the library just across the street."
To rent a planting bed, or to obtain more information on the guidelines for using the Garden, call Hatch at 360-403-1011, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.