“Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back
into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
I can be an impatient person.
Perhaps you are familiar with this feeling too?
While I love to dream and brainstorm with others, when I have a task to do, I want to get it done and see some results! I don’t want to wait.
In the garden, however, there is a very different timeline. You can’t rush right into the harvest season; you can’t stick a plant in the ground and start picking its fruit. With a little patience, a little time, a little care…the garden will grow and become an abundant source of food, beauty, and fellowship. If you’ve been by our gardens lately, then you are seeing this happen along with me. What a wonderful, hopeful place our community garden has become!
âCommunityâ is vital to Fall Creek Gardens, and we have been blessed by the gifts and hard work of a wide variety of volunteers this spring–a fundamental part of our community! We’ve had two formal volunteer events: the Great Indy Clean Up at the end of April, and Key Bank’s Neighbors Make the Difference Day in late May. These dedicated people came from both near and far to help clean up our lots and beautify the gardens.
We’ve also had a wealth of help that has come to us without any fanfare: a garden wagon left anonymously on the patio…a donation of lumber to start construction on our storage shed…barrels of water and donations to the water bill during a springtime drought…hours of work cataloging our resource library…a hard working gardener who waters any plot that looks thirsty (not just his own)…and individual who donates an extra hour to weed the orchardâ¦.
Thank you all for making Fall Creek Gardens flourish!!
As we move into the summer season, be sure to check out our calendar of events (www.fallcreekgardens.org/Events) and join us for a workshop, community garden pitch-in, or party in the garden (weâre working on a 4th of July celebration with the Shortridge High School Jazz Band!! Stay tuned!) In the meantime, watch for a pumpkin patch next to the community garden beds, and much, much more. As always, donât hesitate to get in touch with any questions or suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org
The more time that I spend in the garden, the more I believe that âgraceâ can be found there. Wonât you stop by someday soon and experience it for yourself?
and the Fall Creek Gardens Staff