Community Garden

The University Hospitals St. John Medical Center/City of Westlake Community Garden is a collaborative effort between the City and the Hospital.  Not only do the 48 plots give residents the opportunity to grow fresh produce for their families but some have provided part of their harvest to the Community Services Food Pantry. We are grateful for their generosity. 

The adjacent photos are from the annual workday in the spring and the blessing ceremony in the summer in 2017.

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Reserving a Garden Plot


Madeline Crandall is the garden manager for the collaborative community garden and will answer resident’s questions and take reservations for garden plots.

2017 Season Update
Currently, all of the garden  plots have been reserved for 2017.  Future openings will be contingent on UH/SJMC allowing for expansion or if a current gardener no longer wishes to keep his plot.  

History


The Community Garden began in 2014 with 13 plots owners, expanded to 36 plots owners in 2015, and the final 12 plots were added in 2016.  

2016 Projects


The 12 additional plots and a second garden gate for the area were provided to the community as an Eagle Scout Project by Matt Castele. The annual "work night" on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 brought the plot owners together to prep the garden for the season.  This year more than 35 individuals and Boy Scouts from the Castele's troop moved 27 yards of mulch, 8 yards of topsoil and 5 yards of Sweet Peat.  All of this work was completed in a little less than 31/2 hours.

None of this could be possible without the assistance from University Hospitals St. John Medical Center and the City of Westlake Department of Public Service!
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2015 Projects


We expanded the garden to have a total of 36 plots.
2015 Photos by St. John's Medical Center

2014 Projects

We focused on the installation of chicken wire around the bottom of the fencing again this year to keep animals out of the gardens. In late June 2014, a work night was held with approximately 10 gardeners to place and secure the wire, donated by The Westlake Garden Club. 

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Flower Boxes on Hilliard Blvd.


One of the most common questions people ask us is how they can sign up for one of the flower boxes on Hilliard Blvd. The Community Services Department does not manage them. Please contact the Service Department for more information.
Hilliard Flower Boxes Information (PDF)