A New Gardening Year/Season

Somehow, a new season is almost upon us!  We just uploaded this year’s gardening agreement, 2016-2017.  And we are already almost full!  More and more people have learned about the garden, and have called or emailed us in the last couple of months to get on the waiting list.   Our email address is cscomgarden@gmail.com, and our phone number is 754-200-1788.   Hard to believe almost a year has gone by since we updated this blog.  Most of our social media updates happen on our Facebook Group –  Rotary Community Garden and Food Forest of Coral Springs.  But we will soon add some photos and summaries from this past year.  Here’s to a great season!


We are Full

Even though there are no more boxes to rent for the season, please feel free to come visit us, volunteer and participate in our events.  We usually have a couple of “dropouts” and sometimes have vacant boxes available in the New Year.  Check back with us.

Garden Box Build

Coral Springs Rotarians, high schoolers and other volunteers joined our gardeners in building twenty new garden boxes to replace the original twenty.  We made connections over the hard, heavy work in the heat and mud!  We are thankful  to all the hands that helped get it done.  We are fortunate to have such a supportive community!

Photos by Cheryl Harker Devlin

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Fall 2015 Season is here: There are a few garden boxes left.

We are rapidly approaching the end of summer, at least as far as renewing and signing up for garden contracts is concerned.  Some of our more avid gardeners have been harvesting summer crops like sweet potatoes and okra.

Time to plant Fall annuals. It is the season where we become much more active!

Many gardeners are renewing, some are not.  There are several people who have moved away, whether within the state or out of it, and we will miss them!  We have new gardeners signing up at a brisk place.  We still have a few boxes left, but they will be going quickly!  Please download the Garden Box Agreement from its page on this site, and review it.

We have two different signup events over the course of the next several weeks:

Sunday, September 13, 10 am to 2 pm

Saturday, September 19, 8 to 10 am.

Also, we are in the garden during the week, and on Sundays and are happy to meet up with interested potential gardeners then.

Call us at 754-200-1788 or email us at cscomgarden@gmail.com with your interest and info.

Stay tuned for gardening education and work/social events

Installing our First Food Forest Patch!

Food Forest Garden Blitz


Rotary Coral Springs Community Garden,

2575 Sportsplex Drive, across from Athletic fields

Saturday, May 16, 2015

8:30 am until 12 noon.

Creating beds of mulch and compost,

Planting fruit trees and shrubs

Potluck lunch

Brief talk on Edible Forest gardening

Bring some food to share, your own utensils and container to reduce waste, if possible, closed shoes, hat, sunscreen, gloves.  There will be water.

Contact: 754-200-1788; cscomgarden@gmail.com

EarthFest 2015

This year the city’s  EarthFest is across the street at our neighbors, the Sawgrass Nature Center, this Saturday, April 18, from 9-1.   It is the first time EarthFest is being held there, and the first time that our community garden is specifically mentioned as part of EarthFest.  We’ve come a long way in developing relationships with wonderful people and organizations in the city!

We will have a booth at the Nature Center, and we will take people on tours of our community garden from 10-11 am.  There will be a certain number of native milkweed plants, and herbs for people to take home.

Rotary Community Garden Food Forest is coming! Sign up for the Design Workshop January 24-25, 2015

We are very excited to announce our upcoming Food Forest Design Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, January 24 and 25, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm, on the Sportsplex campus, where our garden is.   A food forest is a layered mini ecosystem, designed to behave like a forest, including plant diversity, which produces food – from fruit on trees to leaves on ground level plants –  for the human and nonhuman community around it.

We will have the privilege to be learning from designer Erica Klopf, who brings a high level of knowledge, experience and teaching excellence to us.  Erica designed the Florida Gulf Coast University Food Forest (http://fgcufoodforest.weebly.com).  She writes:

“Come ye plant nerds, tropical fruit enthusiasts, and permaculture designers for a weekend of in-depth analysis and design collaboration that will result in a landmark food forest in Coral Springs.

Join us as we explore historical examples of food forests and learn about strategies for their design, including microclimate design, sun catches, spacing, ADA compliance, windbreaks, and guild design.  Join us in a discussion on the phases of ecological succession in natural ecosystems. How does our disturbance regime affect the succession of our food forests and how do we design our phasing based on human disturbance over time?

Get your plant geek on with in-depth discussion on species for the subtropics including pioneer trees, nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, natives, host plants, perennial vegetables, fruit trees, and windbreaks. Then, join in the application of material covered to create design drafts for the Rotary Community Garden Food Forest.”

The in-class portions will be at the meeting room at the Tennis Center, where we will gather to begin the course on Saturday morning.  Site analysis and design development portions will be at the future food forest site, beside the west fence of the community garden,  about a quarter of a mile north of the Tennis Center, on the same (East) side of the street, by the Dog Park.

Call Judi Gulko at the phone number on the flyer for further information, including registration