Today was an amazingly beautiful day at the garden and we were thrilled to spot this monarch caterpillar happily chomping on milkweed .
Hello, everyone! We received some photography submissions from Ms. Keith Godwin, a new resident of Alamo Heights who has already visited the garden to take some gorgeous photos that she was kind enough to share with us. Enjoy her work featuring a flowering artichoke, a field of poppies and coreopsis, and a Monarch butterfly on sage:
In this month's issue of the San Antonio Water System's "Garden Style San Antonio" newsletter, readers can lear about the seven principles of Xeriscaping and search a plant database (located at the "Search Database" link at the bottom of the newsletter) to find native plants that will add great accents to their xeriscape.
Click on the image below to read the newsletter!
We had a big work day at the garden on Oct. 28. Eleven high school students from Kipp Academy, city workers and garden volunteers worked all morning and some of the afternoon to remove invasive ligustrum from the creek side of the garden property. They made a great joint effort to improve the property's appearance and we thank them for all their help.
Pictured below are the students with their teacher, Emma, taking a break after a long day.
The AH Community Garden was recently featured on Episode 4 of 2 Wheelin' Texas, a mobile bike tour run by KENS TV anchor Robert Salter. The interview with the garden begins at 11:20 -- be sure to watch!
The AH Garden was fortunate to receive publicity from an article that recently appeared on The Rivard Report website. Fellow gardener Rachel Chaney wrote the article and it has since drawn some extra attention to all the hard work we do to grow fresh fruits and vegetables and invite members of the Alamo Heights neighborhood and surroundings communities to get involved. After the article was published, garden coordinator Linda Hallstead reported that Robert Salter of 2WheelinTX stopped by the garden with the cycling crew to capture some key elements of the garden on film. We look forward to seeing the video of their visit to the garden and will be sure to share.
You hopefully made it to the Green Spaces Alliance's SicloVerde Community Gardens Tour last Saturday, May 9. The event offered cyclists a chance to tour area community gardens throughout San Antonio, and the AH Garden was included on the long route in one of three separate tour routes. A super-nice group of young people from the San Antonio Youth Commission stopped by the garden and received a tour from Suzie Bettac and J. Steindl. Check out our photo section for photos of some of our guests at the event!
We enjoyed a breezy work night at the garden Monday evening. We spent a couple hours laying cardboard, newspaper, and mulch around the small lantana and neighboring plants in the new butterfly garden. A friendly woman and her two daughters who live in the neighborhood stopped by to help us, and the daughters took home a couple of supple carrots from the garden afterward. The garden is looking really green – the Olmos Creek has received about .18 inches of rain in the last week, and the skies have been quite overcast. Rain is in the forecast for the next week. Our next work day will be Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. If you have any books you've read and would like to donate to our little free library, please stop by the garden. Take the wildflower path to the library at the back of the garden near the shed and leave them there. See you soon!
Steven students from St. Mary's University volunteered to help water, fertilize and lay newspaper around the garden's peach, plum, apple and olive trees at a garden work day Aug. 23. The students hailed from a variety of majors and devoted several hours to the site as the temperatures rose into late morning and noon. This was the students' first time visiting the Alamo Heights Community Garden. Their participation through the Marianist Leadership Program enables them to work at different locations around San Antonio, including Habitat for Humanity sites, Guide Dogs of Texas initiatives, Catholic charities and hospitals. Group leader Angelica Castañeva said the students volunteer at a site every school semester and will have their choice of future volunteer sites next spring. She added the students would like to see a community garden built at St. Mary's University.
January 2011 - January 2012