Lovelady Center

The rooftop garden at the Lovelady Center in Eastlake that was planted to celebrate Earth Day. That day they planted 800 out of 1000 square feet of available gardening space for vegetables and cut flowers. The Lovelady Center is a residential facility for women participating in a nine-month recovery program, in a setting that allows children to live with their mothers. Wrapping up in June, volunteers completed a six-week pilot project of teaching botany science to the residents, using the remaining 200 square foot raised bed as a “classroom.” At half way through, it's very encouraging to see the enthusiasm shown by the ladies in the course. So many of them tell of learning about gardening from their parents and grandparents. Though almost as many say that weeding was a form of punishment. We’re hoping that it seems more like a welcome time for meditation now.

Gardens at the Lovely Center.

The first six week course at the Lovelady Center, “Beyond Basics: the Science of Successful Gardening” wrapped up in June. The next course began July 8th and Master gardeners “tag teamed” to teach with Bethany. Kate Musso dropped by in late June to troubleshoot and found very little trouble and a whole lot of vegetables ready to pick. The garden area is the top floor of a parking garage and there were fears that pollinators wouldn’t find the crops but bees were everywhere.

Vegetables picked at Loveladies

JCMGA 2019