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Paint and Sip at the Gardens! Saturday, September 30th 9-11:30am

Join us for a fun-filled morning of creativity and relaxation at the Enos Park Neighborhood Gardens. Grab your friends and unleash your inner artist as we guide you step-by-step in creating your own masterpiece. No experience necessary! Whether you’re a seasoned painter or just starting out, this event is perfect for everyone aged 16 and above.

Sip on local ciders while enjoying the company of fellow art enthusiasts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to unwind, get inspired, and take home a beautiful painting of your own creation. Seating is limited, so book your spot now by clicking on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-and-sip-16yrs-tickets-715436117687?aff=oddtdtcreator&fbclid=IwAR3hCyCU9j4SRXi3LfnEDFZ3RFRkNf-xJGF1_6Nn8NhUvefQ0_9Tmo8_wTc

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Summer Jamboree September 9th, 5-7pm

Mark your calendars for our (end of) Summer Jamboree! Enjoy a nice relaxing evening in the garden with free food, entertainment, and face painting. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors!

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Community Picnic Postponed to August 12th, 10-11am

Due to weather, our community picnic and free farmers market will be rescheduled to Saturday, August 12th from 10-11am

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Community Picnic Saturday, August 5th 10am-12pm

We’re excited to announce our Community Picnic is coming up soon!

Bring a picnic lunch if you’d like, and The Wakery is providing refreshing drinks. We’ll sit under the shade of our big tree in the garden, and listen to the sweet and salty sounds of Peaches and Bacon.

Free face painting!

Seating is limited, so bring a camp chair or picnic blanket if you can. Join us in the neighborhood gardens!

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Eat a Rainbow Class Begins June 14

Eat A Rainbow! Free ecology-based classes for kids. Program runs June 14 through July 20

Classes meet Wednesday or Thursday, 10-11am

Week 1: Kids Chef/Kids Create
Week 2: What’s That Smell?
Week 3: Friendship Bread
Week 4: Let’s Have Some Fungi!
Week 5: We Got the Beet!
Week 6: All About Soil

Classes are led by Alana Reynolds of Grow Springfield and held at the Enos Park Neighborhood Gardens. Classes are aimed toward school-aged children, with multi-age classes.

Pre-register at https://enosparkgardens.org/ecology-based-programming-for-kids/
or register on site the day of class.
Classes are first come, first served with a cap of 15 children.

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Strawberries and more!

Saturday, May 27th, 9-11am

Free U-pick strawberry patch opens. Bring a container!

Free Seedling give away.

We have collected donations of hundreds of seedlings of veggies, herbs, and native flowers. Bring a box!

Hugelkultur Basics, a hands-on class. Hugelkultur is a style on gardening that involves building mounds with downed trees and other waste materials. We will have a short discussion on the basics, followed by a hands-on build of a modified hugelkultur mound in the garden. Observers welcome. Class is from 10-11am

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Garden Open House Saturday, May 6th 9am-11am

Tour the gardens, meet community partners, and enjoy the free giveaways!

Free:

  • Trees,
  • seeds and seedlings,
  • wellness check-ups,
  • children’s activities,
  • full-service pop-up library,
  • produce giveaway,
  • take-home radon kits, and much more!

Community Partners

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • CWLP
  • Downtown Springfield, Inc.
  • Illinois EPA
  • Lincoln Library
  • The Outlet
  • Phoenix Center
  • Be a part of this growing event!
  • Resistor Sisterhood Environmental
  • Justice Task Force
  • Sierra Club Sangamon Valley Group
  • SIU School of Medicine
  • Slow Food Springfield
  • Urban Forestry Commission
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2023

I sit by my window on a chilly January day with occasional snow flakes drifting by, dreaming of gardens. 2023 marks the 11th year of production for our neighborhood gardens, and my fifth as garden manager.

Daydreaming for me is step one of the continued growth of the garden. In my mind’s eye I see future summers with garden beds full of fresh organic produce and mature trees lush with fruit, a prairie buzzing with pollinators and a garden buzzing with people.

When people think of gardens they usually think of the produce, but equally important is the community we find here with each other.

I dream of gardens. I dream of community. I take these dreams back to my desk by a window on a chilly January day, create actionable steps, and get to work. From now until spring I will plan, coordinate, invite, and collaborate, seeing my daydreams come to fruition thanks to the many people who share my goals and dreams.

We had a truly phenomenal 2022, with over 1300 visitor and volunteer engagements–a response truly beyond my wildest dreams. I hope for the same in 2023.

We are here, we are vibrant, and we hold out our hands in invitation to you. Join us for community and for gardening, and let us create the more vibrant world our hearts know is possible, right here in the Enos Park Neighborhood Gardens.

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The nexus of gardens and community

I was excited last winter to be given the green light to work on outreach for our neighborhood gardens. I spent a couple of weeks daydreaming in my spare moments, thinking of ways that our garden could further support our neighbors and neighborhood. I pared my brainstorming list down to a few vital items, and have been thrilled that our community partners have invested their time and money into supporting our endeavors.

The free farmers market, offering recipes for in-season produce, food demonstrations, and children’s programming are what’s on the menu this season, our 10th Anniversary of production in our garden. We hope to further reduce barriers to fresh eating, and invite our neighbors to take part.

Our first big “y’all come” neighborhood volunteer day was last Saturday, with weeding beds and hauling compost on our to-do list. Like many folks, I don’t mind doing hard work, if joy is in my heart.

It was so good to see familiar faces, from toddlers to elderly neighbors, after what has felt like a long extended winter. It was a pleasure to meet people new to the neighborhood, and to hang out with folks outside our neighborhood who were there to help while also looking for some peace and community.

When we hear the words “community garden” what usually comes to mind is the fresh delicious produce. But what is just as vitally important is the feeling we get when we share our time and care with other people.

In a world brimming with unpredictable and sometimes scary events, Mr. Rogers advised us to look at the helpers, to remember the good in this world and see it in action. This is how I feel when I am at our neighborhood gardens. We are helping to make our neighborhood a wonderful place for all of us.