Twelve community gardens in Franklin County will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in a self-guided tour.
All are members of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens ' Growing to Green Hub Gardens initiative, which identifies well-established gardens and urban farms that serve their communities by providing fresh food and educational programs.
Tour stops include:
•Franklinton Gardens , 902 W. Rich St., a network of six community gardens that offers agricultural activities and employment opportunities.
•Mid-Ohio Food Bank Community Garden, 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, a 1,400-square-foot garden with a rainwater catchment system, a greenhouse and composting.
•Four Seasons City Farm, 1101 Bryden Road, a network of eight Olde Towne East community gardens committed to providing fresh food for neighbors and food pantries by creating a self-sustaining and cooperative food production system.
•Highland Youth Garden, 69 S. Highland Ave., a West Side garden that has provided hundreds of youths with nutrition and gardening education.
•St. Vincent dePaul Family Life Garden, 2875 E. Livingston Ave., an opportunity for Latino residents to garden and share their culture through food while neighbors enjoy the on-site food pantry.
•Upper Arlington Lutheran Church Community Garden, 3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, which uses innovative gardening techniques to extend the growing season, resulting in an annual harvest of more than 10,000 pounds of produce.
•International Harvest Garden, 1919 Frank Road, a garden spearheaded by the Franklin County commissioners that has strong participation from Columbus' Bantu Somali and Burmese communities.
•Ganther's Place, 573 Whittier St., a vegetable garden in raised beds that was dedicated in 2011 and features a stage that is a setting for social events.
•Weinland Park Community Garden at Godman Guild, 303 E. Sixth Ave., a greenhouse and plots with programming and classes.
•New Harvest Cafe Ama Vera's Garden, 2455 Cleveland Ave., an example of urban farming as a sustainable food source that also offers agricultural education and training for local youngsters.
•Epworth United Methodist Church, 5100 Karl Road, an established pantry garden that gives the congregation's youngsters a chance to learn about gardening and nutrition.
•Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio Community Garden, 67 E. Innis Ave., a Merion Village garden that supplies the on-site food pantry with crops and ceremonial plants for the Native American community.
For more information, visit www.fpconservatory.org/The-Experience/Gardening-Programs/Growing-to-Green.
Growing to Green is Columbus' largest organized effort to promote and provide free community resources for community gardening and city beautification. Initiated in March 2000, Growing to Green has assisted in the start-up or renovation of more than 250 community gardens throughout the central Ohio area.
For additional information about the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church Community Gardens, as well as the Seeds of Hope Community Garden located at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington, look for a story in the Aug. 8 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington and ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.