Each year, garden writers across the country meet-up to learn from one another and stay on top of current gardening trends and the latest varieties. This September in Dallas, the Burpee Home Gardens Team shared our vegetable plants with hundreds of garden writers during their expo, and we also spent time touring the Dallas Arboretum … in late-summer 100-degree weather!
Dallas certainly has an interesting growing zone! We were actually able to experience it earlier this year, too, when we helped plant 20 raised garden beds for Promise Of Peace. This is an East Dallas community garden that helps students learn about food production and share their newfound love of gardening with their families.
So when we were back in the area, we just couldn’t pass up a chance to revisit their gardens and see how the harvest season progressed … and what was still left in the heat. This time we returned with garden writers from Southern Living magazine, who were impressed with what was accomplished. Strawberries, Okra, Herbs, and more were still thriving. Steve Bender (The Grumpy Gardener) took many pictures and wrote a great blog about his visit. You can read it here.
With such a successful season behind them, Promise Of Peace and its directors are ready to get kids digging in the dirt once more. They’re one of the many educators applying for Burpee Home Gardens 2011 “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award, which will sponsor and support youth gardens next spring.
If you’ve been impressed by community and youth gardens like the one found in Dallas, we encourage you to let Burpee Home Gardens help you start students and children on their way to vegetable appreciation!
There’s still time left to download and send in the application. Visit www.BurpeeHomeGardens.com/ICanGrow for all the details, and best wishes for a successful and educational vegetable planting season!