Remington Community Garden earns Master Gardeners’ award
2017 File Photo
John Waldeck serves as chairman of the Remington Community Garden.
The Remington Community Garden last week received the 2019 Community Partnership Award from the Master Gardener Association of Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties.
“In just five short years, the Remington Community Garden has established a fantastic real-world laboratory for training and developing gardeners,” said Tom Baughn, president of the Master Gardeners. “Even more important, it has become an integral part of the community, providing a place for residents to gather to learn from one another or just spend time together, significantly strengthening the sense of community in Remington.”
John Waldeck, chairman and founder of the Remington Community Garden, accepted the award Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Master Gardeners’ annual holiday meeting.
“This is an incredible honor to be recognized by the Master Gardeners, an organization that does so much for the community,” Mr. Waldeck said, “This award validates that we are beginning to accomplish what we set out to do — to create a very special place to bring people together in Remington.”
The community garden started in 2014 with an unused, 1-½ acre plot, owned by the Remington United Methodist Church at 150 W. Bowen St.
“All we did was mow it, and we thought, ‘Let’s do something useful with it’,” Mr. Waldeck said. “We had a dream to create a community garden, which we hoped would make a difference in Remington.”
The garden has received widespread community support. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church provides the water. The PATH Foundation has provided two grants. The garden has with 35 plots — each 15 by 15 feet — leased annually for donations and maintained by individuals, families and groups.
The Master Gardeners maintain three raised-bed, demonstration gardens, featuring seasonal vegetables and herbs, as well as two large flower beds. The proceeds from the Master Gardener beds are donated to local group homes and the herbs are available for the community to pick. Next year, the community garden will add native pollinator beds to attract bees and butterflies that will in turn pollinate the plants.
The PATH Foundation grants funded development of the garden and construction of a pavilion for public events and gatherings. The community garden hosted musical performances, outdoor movies and special events, drawing as many as 250 people.
This year, the garden hosted a farmers’ market with 20 vendors from July to October.
On Saturday, Dec. 21, the gardens will offer hayrides and caroling.
“Education is at the heart of the community garden’s mission,” Mr. Waldeck said.
It offers training on seed starting, soil preparation, weeding, mulching and other related topics.
The Community Partnership Award each year honors an individual or group or that has significantly supported the Master Gardeners’ mission to advance horticultural education, research and volunteerism in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.
The previous three awards have gone to Warrenton Parks and Recreation Director Margaret Rice, Pond Doctor owner Mark King and and Laurie Crofford, manager of the Northern Fauquier Community Park and Historic Schoolhouse 18 near Marshall.
For more information on the Master Gardeners visit 540-341-7950 ext. 1, or www.fc-mg.org.