Volunteers stand beside the mural that was collaboratively painted during SW Earth, Arts and Music Day; Photo by Eric Ricks

It is April, which means spring is springing and it is time to get our hands in some Southwest soil! SW Community Gardens is excited to host its 6th Annual Spring Kick-off Event on April 20, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Lansburgh Park at 1098 Delaware Ave., SW.

If you did not already know, Southwest’s only community garden is located in Lansburgh Park. A group of neighbors committed to bringing communal gardening to Southwest established the garden in 2013. The garden is composed of two sections: one for individual plot owners and a communal section open to anyone during the garden’s regular work days, which are Wednesdays 6-7 p.m., and Sundays 4-6 p.m. Throughout the gardening season, there is planting, cooking demonstrations, composting, painting, hanging out, and of course, weddings, which no garden can go without!

The Spring Kick-off represents the garden’s opening for the year, and the beginning of the regular work days. In previous years, there were a variety of workshops, planting, and conducting of art projects, all with funky-good tunes playing in the background.

Last year, SW Community Gardens won the first micro-grant from Pocket Change, sponsored by the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and the Southwest Business Improvement District to transform the kick-off into the SW Earth, Arts and Music Day. Muralist Eric B. Ricks (@versatilevice) facilitated a garden-themed paint-by-the number mural that sits outside the garden now. Following that, Carly Harvey’s Kiss & Ride band (@carlyhmusic) performed some funky, bluesy numbers to soothe the soul.

This year, among other activities, the kick-off will feature a compost workshop, planting the communal beds and art activities facilitated by Southwest’s own Chris Williams, better known as @crazyuncledc (you may have seen him at the SW Farmers Markets or during the Friday Night Markets). For more information, get in touch with the organizers via Facebook (facebook.com/swgardens), Twitter (@swgardens), Instagram (@swgardensdc) or the website (swgardens.org). It will be a great time and we hope to see you there!

By Pamela and Coy McKinney

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