Photo Courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch
A beautiful new gazebo has risen just south of the Linden library at Kenmore and Cleveland Avenue. A $25,000 grant from the Parcels to Places program helped The Micacle Garden create a Victorian Herb Garden to support neighborhood beautification, community engagement and education, and create a place to grow herbs and produce for the urban farming economic development plan.
With brick lined gravel paths and a brick wall along the sidewalks, the site will eventually contain pollinator habitats, fruit trees, berries, herbs, walking paths, benches and a gazebo for outdoor educational activities. Beyond direct community engagement, the intent is to utilize local students and volunteers to implement the proposal and assist with annual maintenance on site.
Leigh Ann Ward, a Linden resident, started The Miracle Garden non-profit organization in 2014 to provide creative and sustainable uses of vacant urban lots around the neighborhood. The organization seeks to convene community members, organizations, local government and businesses to affect change by empowering the community with opportunities for healthy food access, beautification and economic development.
Stop by and see the progress for yourself! Soon, children and adults will be learning about pollinator habitats and other aspects of urban farming.