Community Gardens

The sixth season of the History Park Organic Community Garden is underway!

Operated by a committee of avid organic gardeners, this 92-plot garden is a singular treasure. TEAM Board President, Sandy Dressler, reports that it would not have been possible without some very generous people.

For their efforts during the hot summer, we are grateful to Mark and Tim Hartwig for repairing several beds, to the Punta Gorda Home Depot for sizeable discounts and free delivery and to CJ Lawn Maintenance for maintaining the garden during the summer. CJ also did the work to open the garden which included removing all solarizing plastic and bricks, adding potting mix to the beds, and adding mulch to the garden. A special thanks to Mike Trzandel for taking responsibility for the garden during the summer as well as supervising its opening. Bill Pappadake and Doyle Mathews were also very helpful.  

Waste Management’s Government Affairs Manager Stephanie Kissinger and District Manager Todd Peres supplied dumpster bags and hauled away repair trash. The City of Punta Gorda allowed access over the sidewalk for soil and mulch delivery and reinforced the sidewalk after the project was completed.

With generosity and effort, the garden was able to open on September 1, 2021. 

To view the Organic Garden Orientation videos given by Master Gardener, Fred Browning, click HERE.

The goal of the community gardens program is to establish gardens that allow citizens to grow their own vegetables.  The gardens are located throughout greater Punta Gorda.  The committee continues to provide consultation and support for previously built gardens at South County Regional Park and the Public Safety Building in Punta Gorda. Our largest garden is at the History Park.  This committee works collaboratively with the city of Punta Gorda and the Master Gardeners. 

The success of this project is a reflection of the dedication and enthusiasm our volunteers have displayed throughout the builds. Because the History Park Garden is an organic garden, all gardeners are required to attend an orientation on organic gardening prior to planting.  The first orientation was held in May of 2016 and was conducted by nationally recognized Worden Farm.  Additional orientations have been ongoing with master gardeners in Punta Gorda.

Contact TEAM@TEAMPUNTAGORDA.ORG or call 941-637-8326 for more information or to be added to the waiting list. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February of 2018, volunteers built 10 additional beds for the Community Garden at the History Park. This gave us 20 more plots for our third season.        

For more details click HERE.               
To view photos of the build click HERE then click the first picture.