Grand Gardens to hold Annual Holiday Garden Festival 12/17 in NPR

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Grand Gardens  (5721 Grand Blvd.) in New Port Richey will hold a Holiday Garden Festival  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Travis Morehead is chairman of the event.

Friendship Farms & Fare, Ecology Florida, and the gardeners of Grand Gardens are pleased to announce New Port Richey’s 2016 Annual Holiday Garden Festival. The event is also supported by the Environmental Committee of the City of New Port Richey, West Pasco Habitat for Humanity and East Madison Gardeners.

The Annual Holiday Garden Festival will feature fall and winter plants and gardening materials available for purchase or donation, including: organic and heirloom seeds, locally produced organic planting and potting soil, locally grown vegetable seedlings, locally grown loquat fruit trees, opportunities to acquire a plot at Grand Gardens, planting pots, cells, and trays. Promotional t-shirts for local agriculture projects and published booklets about loquats and okra will be available.

Tours and of the gardens will be offered and a program about New Port Richey’s growing urban agriculture project will be presented. It is scheduled from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Presentations to be made by: Sylvia Spencer, Grand Gardens facilitator; Jake Pieterse, director of the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity; Eve Spengler, a representative for Bay Mulch; Travis Morehead, Chair Pasco County Food Policy Council; and Dell deChant, Friendship Farms curator.  The program will also include a special announcement about a new, trendsetting initiative in urban agriculture and sustainable culture in New Port Richey.

Dell deChant (left), Eve Spengler (center), and Travis Morehead (right) at Grand Gardens after delivery of ten yards of fresh mulch from Bay Mulch at the Grand Gardens located in New Port Richey on Grand Boulevard. Photo(s) courtesy of Gary Gann

The community gardens project was developed through funding and support from Friendship Farms & Fare, Nature Coast Real Food Project, Ecology Florida, East Madison Growers Club and local residents. The establishment of the Grand Gardens was made possible through New Port Richey’s ground-breaking Urban Agriculture Ordinance, which promotes the transformation of vacant lots in the City into productive community gardens.

Working in collaboration with the property owners, Gary Gann and Steven DeMatos, whose business is adjacent to the planned gardens, the project includes individual gardening plots available to anyone for a modest donation and a commitment to assist with the project while learning how to grow vegetables in Florida. In addition to the individual plots, a larger community garden is maintained by participants.

Grand Gardens is located on the southwest corner of Georgia and Grand Blvd. in New Port Richey (5721 Grand Blvd.) For information about the gardens call Sylvia Spencer at (407) 232-2125.  There is no charge to attend this event and it is open to the public.

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