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2014 Tour - Participating Gardens Information

Community Garden Tour Bike Route Map
Remember to drop off your donations after touring the garden!
Registration and Welcome

Oakhurst Community Garden
9 a.m. – 9:45 am
4320 Mantle Ct, Charlotte NC 28205
(Park along Chippendale Road and Mantle Court)

The Oakhurst Community Garden is growing! After more than a decade, the garden was ready for a little renewal. A group of enthusiastic and engaged gardeners in the neighborhood got together in early 2014 to revitalize the space, pruning back overgrown bushes, wrangling fire ants, adding plots, building garden furniture, creating signage, and much more. The Oakhurst Garden has both community areas and individual garden plots, which are available to any member of the Oakhurst Community Neighborhood Association. Gardeners can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers year round. The addition of the water spigot, made possible through the support of the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, was a big step forward in making the garden a success. On any given day in the Oakhurst Community Garden, you are likely to find gardeners, of course, but also other neighborhood folks who want to get outside with their pets, their kids, and each other. Watch this area closely in the future to see how a neighborhood and a garden can truly help one another grow!
For more information contact Carla Stis at

Wish List:  scrap wood for construction projects, pallets, wheelbarrow, seeds, trowels, pruners, divided perennials for community plots.

8th Street Community Garden
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
750 East 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
(Park along 8th street between McDowell St. and Alexander St.)

Established in 2012, the 8th Street garden is a school garden and a church garden operated in partnership between St Peter’s Episcopal Church and Trinity Episcopal School. The produce from the garden is donated to Friendship Trays-the local meals on wheels program for Charlotte area. On any given day, the 8th street garden has regular gardeners who work very hard to balance the minerals in the soil in order to produce nutrient dense foods. The garden is also used as an outdoor classroom. This garden caters to everyone in the community. 

For more information contact Nancy Duncan at or 704-609-6222.

Wish list: Hoses and multi-spray hose sprayer.

Little Sugar Creek Community Garden
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
1319 N Alexander St, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Park anywhere along N. Alexander Street as well as E. 17th Street)

The mission of Little Sugar Creek Community Garden is to bring residents of Mecklenburg County together to experience fun and fellowship while learning eco-friendly gardening methods and techniques. The garden was reclaimed in 2009 by a group of committed gardeners and is classified as a food share garden. 15% of the harvest from the garden is donated to Friendship Trays the local meals on wheels program for Charlotte area. There are four committed gardeners and numerous volunteers who currently work at the garden. Everyone in the community has access to this garden. This garden is a rich and growing part of fabric of Mecklenburg area.
For more information contact Nadine Ford at or 704-201-2201.

Wish list: shovel, seeds, gloves, and water hose

Garinger High School Urban Farm
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2586 Elkwood Circle, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Park in the lot towards baseball field inside the school)
Established in 2013, Garinger High School Urban Farm is a nonprofit school garden and urban farm with a goal to teach gardening and to grow food for people in need. The urban farm is a community effort led by Friendship Gardens with different partners such as 100 Gardens, Hands on Charlotte, group volunteers, individual volunteers and Garinger High School students. The majority of harvest from the urban farm is donated to Friendship Trays the local meals on wheels program in Charlotte area. Some harvest is used to do cooking demonstrations for the students of Garinger High School. The urban farm has raised bed gardens, a green house equipped with aquaponics, in-ground gardens and much more. Everyone in the community is welcome to visit and volunteer in the farm.
For more information contact Henry Owen at or 704-975-4005.
Wish list: shovels, ice chests-for delivering harvest and water cans. 

Garden Gathering
Noon until 1 p.m.
Garinger High School Urban Farm
After the tour, drop off your donation, network with other participants and enjoy lunch provided by Encore Catering. The Mecklenburg County Health Department will have booths to provide additional educational resources. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and come on out!



Kim Bayha