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Volunteer this summer

Join us to help make this summer’s Saturday Garden Share possible (formerly Sat. Free Market). We hope to host events the first and third Saturday’s from 10 to noon, July through September. There are lots of easy and fun ways to help. Sign up today.


George Czupryk’s garden

image3George is a new addition to the Sunday, July 17 Montavilla Gardens Tour. You can see his garden and pond from 9-11:30 a.m. His place is in nearby Hazelwood, Montavilla’s eastern neighbor. The last two years of MGT have had at least one garden in an adjacent neighborhood.

“Our garden is actually our Koi pond surrounded by a wraparound deck with numerous plants and potted and hanging baskets,” says George. We have a barn-like structure for our seven chickens with a nice chicken run. The front yard is Begonias and Impatients, surround a large Monkey Puzzle tree.”

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Gabe Haynes and Ahliae Toulouse’s garden

IMG_2236Gabe and Ahliae’s garden will serve double duty on Saturday, July 16 as a stop on the Montavilla Gardens Tour and as host of the Saturday Free Market. The tour is from 9-11:30 a.m. and the market is from 10 a.m.-noon.

“Five years in the making, our garden has been an ongoing source of joy, frustration, learning opportunities, our favorite creative outlet, and best place to exercise problem solving skills,” says Gabe. “Our Urban Homestead features over 1,000 gal rainwater storage for irrigation, four hens residing in a hybrid coop/kids play structure enclosure, extensive annual veggie beds in the front yard and a young food forest in the back yard. In addition to growing two young children, we strive to nurture a half dozen young fruit trees, about a dozen varieties of berries, a variety of medicinal and pollinator-attracting plants,and a growing number of native plants.”

“Ongoing projects for this year include depaving a portion of our driveway to accommodate planters made from a variety of salvaged items, gaining Backyard Habitat Certification, developing a simple greywater system to divert water from our shower, growing oyster mushrooms, and constructing a cob/salvaged window structure to house a wood-fired hot tub.”

Due to ongoing construction, the backyard may be closed to visitors during the tour. But the front yard is pretty amazing!

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Miranda Keeper’s garder

IMG_3082.jpegVisit Miranda and Daniel in their garden on Saturday, July 16 from 9-11:30 a.m. They will be on the first day of the Montavilla Gardens Tour — a day for mostly vegetable gardens.

“My fiancé Daniel Thomas and I moved into the house in November and have been working on the garden since,” says Miranda. “There is a lot in the way of flowers and decorative plants left over from the previous owner but we definitely wanted more space for veggies and the space out front of our fence wasn’t being used for anything.  Daniel built the beds and then we started planting.  I would say the favorite thing we’re growing right now are our tomatoes.  We have 7 plants of different varieties.”

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Lorraine Brown’s garden

imageLorraine and Don will be hosting an open garden on Sunday, July 17 as part of the Montavilla Gardens Tour. Come by her house between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Her garden is a mix of ornamental plants, trees, vegetables and medicinal plants.

“Come by and see how we transformed our yard from burnt lawn to a park like setting,” says Lorraine. “It only took about 16 years!”

Lorraine and husband Don host other events including the spring start swap and Saturday Free Market.

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Tim and Mallory Moore’s garden

imageTim, Mallory and Zoe (the dog) will host an open garden as part of the Montavilla Gardens Tour on Saturday, July 16 from 9-11:30 a.m.

“We moved into Montavilla just over a year ago and have been working hard to get our garden established,” says Tim. “We grow food and ornamental plants and try to think about our native species, pollinators and habitats. In addition to the plants we have some chickens who help us out in the yard too. While our garden has plenty of room to grow (no pun intended) and be improved on, we are proud of our progress and look forward to all the garden seasons to come.”

Saturday is the day primarily for vegetable and fruit gardens with some ornamental or habitat. Sunday is mostly ornamental, medicinal and native habitat.

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