At Prairie Village Summer Solstice Garden Party, a chance to enjoy long evening, swap gardening tips

Gardeners checked out each other's plots at the annual Summer Solstice Garden Party at the Prairie Village community gardens at Harmon Park Friday.
Gardeners checked out each other’s plots at the annual Summer Solstice Garden Party at the Prairie Village community gardens at Harmon Park Friday.

What started with a seed of an idea three years ago has blossomed into a thriving Prairie Village Community Garden.

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Prairie Village community gardner organizer Nancy Vennard discusses what crops people love to grow in their plots.

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The tenders of the plots at the Prairie Village Community Garden gathered Friday for their second annual Summer Solstice Garden Party (technically a day early, but it worked better with everyone’s schedules) to enjoy the long evening and swap tips.

In late 2011, the city’s Environmental and Recycling Committee finally got approval to move forward with the community garden idea that had been percolating among a group of residents for years, with the city council approving a plan to turn a swath of ground to the south of the Aquatic Center parking lot into the site of 20 garden plots. In 2013, the project expanded to 36 plots between the Harmon Park location and Cherokee Christian Church, which has recently transitioned to become a Montessori school. The full plots cost $40 a year to rent, and have sold out quickly the past two years.

Organizer Nancy Vennard said the annual party gives gardeners who might not run into each other in the course of tending their plots to meet and share gardening strategies.

“Oftentimes people who work in the morning in the garden don’t see the afternoon gardeners so this way everybody can meet up and share,” she said.

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