Neighbors gather at the Southwest Garden in Lansburgh Park. Courtesy of the Author

By Pamela McKinney, SW Gardens President

Southwest Gardens, located in Lansburgh Park, will re-open its communal section on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with a day full of activities and fun. The kickoff will include planting, weeding, painting, composting, and lots of digging and watering. If these activities don’t appeal to you, please know you’re welcome to just come and enjoy time chatting with neighbors in your community garden. Our communal hours will return in May and be held every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

Want to support the garden, but not sure how? Through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, young farmhands deliver weekly produce to a handful of public housing residents. We pay the youth to make these deliveries and rely on donations to make this possible. We also are looking for new CSA members this year.

Since 2021, we have provided cooking demos using garden produce for residents in Greenleaf Senior twice a year. We are looking for someone who may be interested in leading these cooking demos this year. They are usually held on Saturday mornings (two per year) at Greenleaf Senior.

Finally, the garden’s 10th anniversary is this year and we want to celebrate! If you are interested in helping us plan the celebration or supporting it, let us know.  Email for more information about any of these initiatives, and as always, to learn more about the garden, visit or join our newsletter by emailing

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