Georgia Magazine - September 2012 - (Page 58)

A community in bloom Canton Community Victory Garden East cultivates food and friendships by Lynn CouLtEr SHERI GARZA-POPE T here are buckets of vegetables growing in front of Laine Kirby Wood’s home in Canton. Literally, buckets. Visitors have to count them fast—Wood, a Canton “yard-ofthe-month” resident, is always on the move, as she’s sweeping past stands of bright pink hollyhocks, silvery lambs’ ear, salad greens and purple petunias, savory herbs and other flowery delights. At least eight huge, plastic buckets are bursting with tomato plants, potato vines, peppers and eggplants. There’s nothing wrong with gardening in your front yard, unless you’re in a homeowners’ association that doesn’t permit it. Wood’s buckets are out front because that’s where the sun is. Trees shade much of her yard, so portable containers allow her to plant wherever she wants. But Above and top right: Community involvement in the development of the Canton Community Victory Garden East included Girl Scout troops carrying buckets of topsoil to fill raised beds as well as Home Depot employees and lay volunteers. In just two workdays, the irrigation system and 500 feet of fence were completed, and 36 raised beds were built, filled and ready to plant. (The Canton Victory Garden East can be found on FaceBook.) Wood’s not just pushing the envelope in her neighborhood (although her friends call her “a force of nature” for her propensity to get things done). An idea takes root Wood realized long ago she wasn’t the only person who needed a bigger, sunnier garden plot, so she got busy and her garden has taken off. In fact, you could say it’s grown out of her yard, through the neighborhood and down the road to 146 Big Oak Dr., where it’s taken root on an acre of land owned by the city of Canton as a water tower site. Canton Community Victory Garden East, which opened this April, now gives Wood and others the space they need to grow their own foods and flowers. Cucumbers, beets and pink-eyed, purpleThe new garden doesn’t belong hulled peas flourish in two of the raised beds. More online at to Wood, although she and Canton architect Roy Taylor, a fellow gardener, lobbied the city for it and Wood manages it. They’re leasing the property for the garden, which is the city’s first official community garden, for two years. Taylor started the first one seven years ago, on private property, but all the plots are currently full. The garden sprouts Where did the seed money for the garden come from? Wood recalls going to The Home Depot with a wish list of items she needed. “When the Home Depot community liaison person heard that we planned to have a children’s teaching garden, she said, ‘I can get you grant money.’ We were fast-tracked,” Wood says. The Home Depot Foundation gave the garden a GEORGIA MAGAZINE LAINE WOOD 58 SHERI GARZA-POPE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - September 2012

Georgia Magazine - September 2012
Picture This?
Georgia News
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Dedicated to duty
Resolved, for good
The 2012 Washington Youth Tour
Focusing on the future
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - September 2012