With the support and cooperation of Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, William Young and his successor as President of UH St. John Medical Center, Robert David, the Westlake Community Garden is marking its third year. It started with only 10 plots, grew to 26, to 48 plots in 2016. Located south of the Siedman Cancer Center on the UH SJMC campus, it is an all organic vegetable garden with plots available to Westlake residents for a $25 annual fee. In keeping with its Mission Statement, gardeners donate their extra crops to the Westlake Community Center.
The soil had earlier been tilled and amended with products donated by Good Nature Organic Lawn Care. On May 25, plot owners gathered to prepare their beds for planting. Wheel barrels were flying! Gardeners worked -in Sweet Peet ™ donated by J. Barker Landscaping and compost donated by the City. Then the City’s mulch was placed all around to keep down weeds. Later that week, the temporary deer fence, donated by UH SJMC and the rain barrels donated by Rain Barrels N’ More, were installed. Soon the chicken wire donated by the Westlake Garden Club will be added to keep out the critters.
The thanks and appreciation of the Garden Committee and the plot owners goes to the hard working Boy Scouts Western Trails Unit Number 401. A huge thank you goes out to Chris Stuhm, Deputy Director of Public Service, who again arranged for the wood donation from Lowe’s Rocky River, to his staff for constructing all the beds, delivering the supplies, keeping the water barrels filled and so much more. This Garden is indeed a community effort!
Our next article will cover the upcoming Blessing of the Garden, the handmade second garden gate, and will touch upon the future. Two plots are currently available for new gardeners. If interested, contact Madeline Crandall, Garden Coordinator, at the Community Center, 440-899-3544. Donations from merchants or others are always welcome and much appreciated.