Welcome to the Westbank Community Garden! We are a small but growing community garden affiliated with the Westbank Community Library in Austin, Texas.
Some of the features of our garden include:
- 14 8'x8' organic plots, gardened by community members, and built by Eagle Scouts
- a wrought-iron gazebo planted with clematis and coral vines, adorned with a wind chime bought with a donation from Girl Scout Troop 2367.
- a communal herb garden, collectively maintained and harvested.
- a gorgeous tool shed, thanks to Eagle Scout Harrison L.
- a beautiful mural on the retention pond wall that can be viewed from many different places in the backyard was designed and painted by Girl Scout Sarah T.
- A Meyer lemon tree and fig tree.
Here are some of our exciting plans for 2017:
- Installation of a beehive in May! We have partnered with a master-beekeeper-in-training, and have erected a 6'-tall solid wooden fence that will separate the hive (a 10-frame Langstroth-style) from the rest of the garden. We plan to throw many bee-themed events for children and adults alike in 2017 and beyond. Our first honey harvest will likely be in the spring of 2019.
- We hope to install a gate in the backyard fence that will connect the library to the garden for special events.
- Installation of four smaller beds at various heights to accommodate gardeners with mobility challenges.
- Installation of a rainwater-catchment system, taking advantage of our shed's slanted roof
- Installation of a small "live" tipi for kids in the library's backyard
- Pop-up farmer's markets throughout the year, with proceeds to be donated to local non-profits
Click here to view our current wish list of tools and supplies!
The following Eagle and Girl Scouts were instrumental in making this garden a reality:
- Landon H. and Matthieu C. built the plots.
- Sophia S. built a children’s garden tunnel for our youngest members.
- Aidan R. corrected a few of our drainage issues to ensure that our garden functions properly.
- Juan D. designed and built four wooden benches and installed two owl houses out at Laura's Library in the Madrone Canyon.
- Sam M. designed and built a garden sign, as well as planted roses and vines along the fence.
- Christopher S. weeded, graveled, and landscaped the apiary area ahead of our bees' arrival.
We are thankful to these young folks for choosing the garden as their service project!
There is no longer an annual fee to maintain a plot, but there is a $100 deposit required. To be added to our wait list, to subscribe to our monthly garden newsletter, to request a tour of the garden, or if you have any other questions, please send an email to the Community Garden Coordinator Alex Meyers at email@example.com. A copy of our garden agreement can be found here.
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We want to say a special thanks to the following local business for their generous support of the community garden: