- Giving Garden(s)
About The P-Patch
A Gardens Namesake
The Hawkins family moved into this neighborhood in January of 1959. The family at that time was Samuel and his wife Alma, and three children, Barbara, Ronald and Cheryl. In later years, Richard (Kevin) and Michael were born into the family. Samuel Hawkins loved to garden, and it wasn't long after settling into his new dwelling that he requested permission from the city to clean off the undeveloped land located behind his property line. At that time there were several small trees and blackberry bushes covering the area. The permission was granted and Mr. Hawkins, with the help of his family members, labored daily at this endeavor. Rototilling the land, Samuel soon developed the rich soil to start planting various vegetables in the garden he had envisioned. Rows of corn, string beans, cabbage, greens, tomatoes, squash, just to name a few, were commonly seen sprouting up during the harvest. Along with this, Alma, his wife had started a beautiful flower garden growing adjacent the vegetable garden. Soon after, many of the neighbors cleared off the undeveloped land behind their homes and starting growing vegetables and flowers. Samuel Hawkins gave many of the vegetables to the neighboring grocery stores, for the yield of the garden was overflowing at times. His family would often laugh at the odd shapes of some of the potatoes and tomatoes that would come out of the garden. Alma would often draw eyes and mouths on some of the vegetables that reminded her of animals. The family would tease Samuel about the funny looking crop he would produce, asking him what type of manure he put in the soil.
Until his health starting failing him, Samuel could be seen working in his garden everyday, if nothing more than to water it. He loved sitting in the midst of nature in bloom. Samuel Hawkins passed away on July 2, 2001.
In the meantime, the P-Patch Program and neighborhood planning was looking to replace a garden site in the central area that was lost some years ago. When this piece of land became surplus in 2002, the P-Patch Program and VISTA began working with the community to design and build a community garden, through that process folks learned about Mr. Hawkins. The garden is named after Mr. Hawkins and all the years of love the site received from him and to the future love it will receive from community members.