The community gardens of DC come in many shapes and sizes. I have a plot at the Newark Street Community Garden, but I like to visit other gardens to see what’s growing, what’s interesting, and what’s different. I’ll make it a semi-regular series on this blog. Yesterday I visited the Temple Garden, which is on 15th Street NW behind the crazy-huge masonic temple. Google Streetview has a better picture than I was able to take while the skies were overcast:
The thing that makes this garden so different from the Newark Street Community Garden is the lack of fencing. There are some low fences and hedges around the whole of the garden, but the individual plots are not separated by fences. Wandering around the Temple Garden’s woodchip paths, it was hard to tell where one plot ended and the next began. It had a lovely balance of vegetables and flowers, planted in delightfully haphazard bunches.
At Newark Street deer are too much of a problem to allow this openness, which is a shame. What a luxury to be able to plant raspberries and not worry that deer or other critters are going to nab them:
I spoke with a woman tending to her plot, and she said the openness of the garden helped foster a very friendly community. She also said that interest in the garden had really peaked in recent years, which I know for a fact to be true. I tried to put my name on the waiting list for this garden last year and was told that the waiting list was already so long they weren’t adding anyone to it. Ah well, it’s still a nice place to visit.