January 2020 Park of the Month: Corrine Jones Community Garden

Corrine Jones Community Garden is officially open. The renovation, which was completed at the end of 2019, includes 60 garden beds available for lease to community members, 12 community garden beds for food pantry donations, and a community pavilion for shaded seating and garden storage.

This Community Garden renovation took place in two phases, beginning in April of 2019 with the construction of the community garden pavilion designed by Clemson Architecture students. The pavilion was completed in 5 short weeks by the end of June, and the second phase began in the fall with the construction of the fenced-in community garden space, including 60 three by twelve foot raised garden beds for lease, and 12 three by sixteen foot raised community garden beds.

Since opening, new gardeners have been assisted by community garden specialist Meg Moore with education and instruction on best practices for planting and maintaining their beds. “I’m delighted to continue meeting more wonderful and eager gardeners through this new space,” said Meg. “I’ve seen so much inspiring collaboration between neighbors and their garden plots—sharing ideas on what to grow and how to decorate their space.”

“Remarkably all 60 community garden beds have already been leased and we will have our first small harvest of kale, collards, and swiss chard in just a few weeks,” added Meg. “I’m really excited about all of our new gardeners and I’m looking forward to the new growing season.”

For those interested in learning more about an introductory gardening class, adding your name to our garden bed waitlist, or volunteering at the community garden, please email Meg Moore, __[gardens@charlestonparksconservancy.org](mailto:gardens@charlestonparksconservancy.org)__

This renovation would not have been possible without our generous supporters, including Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners, Publix Super Markets Charities, the Corrine Jones Renovation Committee, our dedicated team of Park Angel volunteers, and our community donors. Thank you!

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