Six months in, and the SW Community Garden in Lansburgh Park has already experienced nearly all the elements of a DC fall and winter, and even a polar vortex! Through it all, the plants have continued to grow.

Since the garden’s opening on July 31st, 2013, a variety of herbs and vegetables have been grown, such as basil, swiss chard, and tomatoes. The growing continued throughout the end of 2013 as arugula, collard greens, kale, lettuce, and perennial herbs, like rosemary and thyme, were able to stay alive as well.

Thanks to our gardening efforts, we’ve been able to harvest a little over 10 pounds of produce, which has been distributed to volunteers and members of the community. We hope to continue this trend, and to grow and share even more this year.

In preparation for the upcoming growing season, we want to know what you would like to see growing in the garden. For us, being a true community garden means appealing to the taste buds of the neighborhood. You can let us know your suggestions by filling out a survey on our website (, or voting at the collection box we have set up at the garden (located at 1098 Delaware Ave SW). We’ll be taking suggestions until March 1st.

We will then give you the chance to plant some of the chosen vegetables during the garden’s spring kick-off event on Saturday, March 22nd. There, we will have workshops, gardening activities, some snacks, music, and we will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the garden.

We hope to see you there!

The SW Community Garden is a 34-plot garden, composed of an individual and communal section, located in Lansburgh Park. For more info, visit the SW Garden website at, or email

By: Coy McKinney 

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