Sustainable Sunday Garden Tours

Please make plans to join us for a series of free Sustainable Garden Tours to be held in the afternoon of the fourth Sunday of the month, May-September (exact times vary as indicated below). All tours are in Blacksburg and you may drop in anytime during the tour timeframe. Light refreshments will be served. Tours are rain or shine, but will be halted in the event of thunder and/or lightning.

When looking for gardens to feature, we sought gardens that would showcase practices from the list of sustainable gardening and landscaping practices we compiled during our 21 Actions for 2021 Campaign. You can find that list of practices here:

The July tours of Arlean Lambert’s residential garden and the Hale Community Garden highlight edible landscaping and fruit and vegetable gardening. Come to either or both gardens anytime during the tour timeframe, Sunday, July 24, 6:00-8:00 pm. Park at the Hale Community Garden at 215 Maywood Street.

In addition to individual rented garden plots, the Hale Community Garden is also home to the Roper Solar Greenhouse, beehives, food forest, pollinator garden and a native plant propagation center that is being established. The tour is self-guided, but onsite during the tour will be members of the community garden, the coordinator of the pollinator garden and Dave Roper, designer of the solar greenhouse, who will be able to answer your questions about the gardens and the greenhouse.

Just a short walk from the community garden is the property of Arlean Lambert, the donor of the Hale garden property. She enjoys growing figs, strawberries, kiwis, nuts, greens, and other edibles — including edible flowers — at her north Blacksburg home and she will be serving snacks made from edibles found in her yard. Her property also includes a lovely pond and a solar installation that provides her electricity. Her simple compost system provides rich compost for her garden.

Hale food forest
Hale garden plot

Roper Solar Greenhouse

Hale Pollinator Garden
Native plant propagation area
Lambert Solar Installation
Lambert edible landscaping
Lambert compost system
Finished compost

See pictures from the May Pandapas Pollinator Garden tour here

See pictures from the June Glaser and Paulson gardens here

Future tour schedule is:

•August 28, 2-5 pm, Shadowlake Village, Shadowlake Road, highlighting native plants, invasive species removal

•September 25, 3-5 pm, Griffiths garden at 2300 Capistrano Street highlighting edible landscaping

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