Lyndale neighborhood gardens: Where are they, and how can you get involved?

The Lyndale Garden Tour starts at the Blaisdell Rain Garden

The Lyndale neighborhood is very fortunate to have space for people to garden. The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) owns four garden lots and has another area we are hoping to turn into another community garden.

The garden at 31st and Pillsbury is rented and maintained by The Youth Farm. They have gardened there for many years. Teaching youth the importance of growing and harvesting nutritional fruits and vegetables. The produce is used by the program and distributed to participants' families.

The Pleasant Avenue Garden has 28 individual plots that are rented to community members interested in gardening. Occasionally plots do become available and the next person on our waiting list is notified of the available space. This garden has a volunteer coordinator who, with help from LNA staff, monitors the garden, notifies participants of work days/events, encourages gardeners to follow the garden rules and LNA expectations and a few other minor tasks. If anyone is interested in gardening call Norma to sign up for a plot, or get put on our waiting list, if the garden is full. 612-824-9402 ext 15 or norma [at] lyndale [dot] org.

The Blaisdell Rain Garden located is located at 32nd and Blaisdell, it is a great place to bring a lunch, sit back and enjoy the assortment of plantings. Many of the plants in the garden are identified so you can learn what works best in a rain garden. The garden is a project of LNA's Environment Committee, who schedules work days to maintain the garden. This is a nice little area to sit and relax.

The rain garden at the Lyndale Community Center came to be as a solution to a severe water drainage problem. The concrete area around the office building was causing water to channel into the basement. By removing the concrete, installing pavers and rain gardens we allowed the water to absorb into the ground rather than flood our basement. You can read all about its transformation and learn how to make your property more sutainable here. The area is now a very pleasant place to hold meetings and events and enjoy the beautiful flowers. It also made a new gathering place for butterflies, birds and a few bees.

This year, LNA is starting to work with a community garden on Garfield and 32nd. The garden was started by neighbors on the 3200 block of Garfield, when they asked permission to use a vacant space for gardening from the owner. This year, LNA will support new gardeners in the space with trainings on planting, harvesting, food preservation, and with community work days. The project is an extension of the Lyndale Food Share and it’s a way to get community members who don’t typically garden into the space.

LNA is also working to turn the Pocket Park space on 31st and Pleasant Avenue into a community garden. Pending a long-term water source, members of the LNA Environment Committee will be taking steps to create workable top soil in the space this summer to open it up for garden plots next summer. If you would like to be involved in the project, contact Jennifer: jennifer [at] lyndale [dot] org / 612.824.9402 x 12.