Merriam Station Community Garden
The Merriam Station Community Gardeners have actively transformed a previously neglected tract of land into a true community treasure. They have made affordable garden plots readily available to a diverse group of gardeners, and have promoted the growth and consumption of fresh organic food throughout our neighborhoods. This valued community asset benefits not only its membership but the broader community through contributions to a local food shelf, educational opportunities, and engaging events, and increased public safety.
Merriam Station Community Garden is located on a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) right-of-way along Gilbert Avenue just north of I-94 and just west of Prior Avenue.
Eleanor Graham Community Garden
The Eleanor Graham Community Garden was established in the 1970s with the goal of providing people without outdoor space and an opportunity to garden. It has grown from a few plots and one spigot to 40 plots and nine spigots! Staying true to Eleanor Graham's original vision, well over half of the plots are rented by apartment dwellers who grow a variety of vegetables, fruits, and flowers for their use. A full size plot (20ft x 15ft) rents annually for $30 and gardeners are required to volunteer two hours per month to improve the community garden area. Volunteers maintain flower beds, native pollinator habitat, manage composting, tend food shelf plots, mow the grass around the garden, and enjoy the company of other gardeners. The Garden is proud to have an orchard of fruit and nut trees that were planted and are managed by a neighbor who shares the bounty with the community of gardeners.
Eleanor Graham Community Garden is located in the triangle formed by Hamline Avenue, Ashland Avenue, and Ayd Mill Road. Most gardeners bike or walk to the garden, but street parking is close by. Access to the garden is via a broad path under the Hamline Bridge. If you would like to rent a plot, contact Darlinda Coe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blooming Saint Paul award
The Eleanor Graham Community Garden was presented with a Silver Bloom award in the Edible Gardens category at the 11th annual Blooming Saint Paul awards ceremony on January 25, 2016. Sue and Paul Bullard won a Golden Bloom in the same category for their edible home landscape. Paul is a member of the Eleanor Graham garden committee.
At the ceremony, Arts and Garden Coordinator Mark Granlund reminded the audience at the ceremony that the Eleanor Graham Garden had been de-commissioned during the Hamline Bridge reconstruction and remarked, “they’ve come back stronger than ever!”
Blooming Saint Paul is an initiative of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, the Saint Paul Garden Club, and the Ramsey County Master Gardeners. The annual awards recognize outstanding private and public gardens, art, landmark trees, and contributions to beautifying Saint Paul. The Eleanor Graham and Bullard gardens were nominated by neighbors. The grateful gardeners wish to extend a hearty “thank you” for taking notice of all the hard work and nominating these worthy efforts.