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Community invited to grand opening of Bee Ridge Garden on Saturday
Community invited to grand opening of Bee Ridge Garden on Saturday

Sarasota County, Florida -- The public is invited to a fall festival celebrating the grand opening of Sarasota County's newest community garden at Bee Ridge Park.

 The free, family friendly event will feature activities including carnival games, face painting, a karate demonstration and a composting workshop taught by experts from Sarasota County Extension.  

The plans for the community garden, which is located near the intersection of Lockwood Ridge and Wilkinson roads, began in early 2012 when neighborhood members came together to design the garden and apply for grant funding for necessary supplies, said Stacy Spriggs, Community and School Gardens coordinator for Sarasota County Extension.

"This grassroots project took a little over a year to implement as volunteers obtained donations and constructed the various features of the garden," said Spriggs. "It took a lot of dedication and hard work for the group involved with the project to reach their goal. Twenty-five members are now actively planting their plots and enjoying the fruits of their labor."  

"The community garden features individual raised-bed garden plots where members can tend vegetables alongside their neighbors," said Spriggs. "During the summer, there will be bright sunflowers stretched skyward along the garden's border, greeting passers-by."  

Community gardens have been sprouting up in Sarasota since 1995 and are thriving thanks to the hard work of dedicated participants, said Spriggs. There are many gardens located in the county that have received support through the Sarasota County Neighborhood Grants program. Sarasota County Extension provides administrative support and educational assistance, teaching gardeners how to grow vegetables, manage pests and even prepare harvests.  

The park is located at 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road and the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - noon. 

For more information and locations of community parks, call 941-861-9900 or visit http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu.