Wangari Gardens opened in early spring 2012 as a community garden project for DC residents, honoring the work of Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental activist. The garden includes 55 plots, which will be nearly doubled this fall. Additionally, we have communal education gardens and an orchard which are open to the general public. We plan to build Wangari Garden into a civic education center, a place where students can come year-round to learn about growing food, where fresh food can be grown for service projects, and where people can come together to enjoy a beautiful floral treasure tucked within the big city.
Though we've been working for less than a year and not even one growing season, our team is organized and ready to take on new projects. We plan to build a pumpkin patch for the fall, a rainwater collection garden (so we can be entirely self-sufficient in water use!), a composting facility, and a rehabilitation garden in partnership with a local hospital.
Funded by Washington, DC (September 2012)