- Giving Garden(s)
About The P-Patch
Maple Leaf Community Garden
Submitted by the Maple Leaf Community Council
The Maple Leaf Community Garden includes rental plots, extensive native plantings, and perennial beds and restful seating areas. It also features a straw bale tool shed, a labyrinth designed by Dan Niven, and beautiful wind sculptures donated by Andrew Carson and Shelly Corbett. To view pictures of the garden, go to www.gruffducks.com/mlcg.
Volunteers from the neighborhood help to maintain the garden and new volunteers are always welcome to lend a hand at quarterly work parties. Check the Maple Leaf newsletter and the calendar for the next work party schedule. P-Patch plots are assigned through the P-Patch Community Gardening Program.
The Maple Leaf Community Council originally identified a number of vacant sites in the neighborhood for open space acquisition as part of a Parks & Open Space Levy planning process in the late 1980s. During the 1990s, Maple Leaf nominated the sites for acquisition during the City's budget processes and in open space levies, but none were acquired. Over the years, all the sites were developed except for this current garden site. A concerted effort to acquire the site began in 2000, and the successful acquisition was celebrated in late 2003. In late 2004 and early 2005, Barker Landscape Architects led a public planning process and developed concepts for developing the new open space. Construction began work in April 2006 on the larger park development of which the P-Patch is a part. P-Patch volunteers began work on the straw bale tool shed and compost bins to finish off the P-Patch infrastructure in 2006 and continued to work at the site throughout 2006 and 2007.