Now in its 28th year, the Garden Project’s annual community garden tour continues to amaze and inspire.
More than 65 attendees flocked to a snack-filled Resource Center on July 17 for the start of this year’s event. The sunbathed building was the perfect setting for lots of new faces, as well as some familiar ones.
“It’s nice to have new people at this event,” said Alex Bryan, Garden Project Manager. “It’s a great chance to show them what we do and how we positively impact our area.”
After a special presentation honoring Ramona Spencer’s years of service with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Eric Schertzing of the Ingham County Land Bank kicked off the event with a short speech, highlighting the organization’s relationship with the GLFB.
The Land Bank was in charge of the walking portion of the tour, while the Garden Project’s Carolinne Ogura coordinated the bike and bus options.
After the speaking was completed, attendees broke up into groups and began their portions of the tour.
The bus tour centered around gardens in East Lansing/Meridian Township area, including Edgewood Village, Northwind, Marsh Pointe and more.
The bike tour brought attendees on a special trip over to A Garden of Grace and the South Lansing Farmers Market, Shabazz Elementary School Garden as well as others near the I-496 corridor.
The walking tour left from the Resource Center at Foster Park and visited nine gardens in just under two miles, including Paradise, Learning Leaves, Half Barn Farm and other Ingham County Land Bank and GLFB garden sites.
At the end of the night, Bryan had a chance to reflect on the tour’s significance, saying it’s well worth it.
“For us, it’s always fun. It’s an affirmation of our work and the support we receive from the community. I can’t wait for next year.”
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