Our gardens provide space for individual and household plots, summer camp, potluck suppers and hands-on volunteer and educational opportunities. We are excited to have a learning and service environment that promotes the growing of healthy food and dynamic community.
We currently have three community garden sites in Blacksburg with deer fencing, water access and gardening guidance. Individual plots are rented on an annual basis.
The Hale Community Garden is a 5 acre site with 70 plots. Established in 2009, the garden is a hub of community activity. Our land was donated by Arlean Hale Lambert. Also on site are the Roper Solar Greenhouse, beehives, food forest, small apple orchard, asparagus patch, herb garden, and pollinator garden.
The Wong Park Community Garden opened in Spring 2020 at Wong Park off Wilson Street. The garden has 15 plots with priority given to those in the Bennett Hill/Progress neighborhood and then to the larger community.
The Garrison Garden opened in Spring 2021 and is named for Susan Garrison, who developed the Cedar Hill Park where the garden is located. The Garrison Garden is another ‘satellite garden’ with 15 plots and the goal of serving the neighborhood.
Following construction of the Roper Solar Greenhouse on her land in 2009, Arlean Hale Lambert officially opened her property to the community in 2010, with the vision of creating a garden. After nearly a decade of program expansion and site beautification, Arlean donated the 5 acre site for community use to the Town of Blacksburg with easements to conserve it as gardens/open space in perpetuity. An endowment fund for the future of the garden is housed at the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Live Work Eat Grow Inc. is the managing organization offering community expertise and a vision for the future. Follow us on facebook or instagram to see what we’re up to!