Tolland Garden Paths

Tolland, CT 06084

TollandGardenPaths@gmail.com

TOLLAND GARDEN PATHS - YOUTH GARDEN PROGRAM NEWS

The Youth Garden enjoyed its eleventh gardening season in 2022.  The produce grown in the youth garden produces a huge crop.  Did you know that the Youth Garden shared over 3000 lbs of vegetables and herbs with the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen in Rockville since we began?  During Covid we lost our connection to Tolland Crandall Campers but hope to resume soon. Local Girl Scout troops have been active at the youth garden as well.

 

In addition to FUN learning programs offered to Tolland's youth, parents are welcome to join their children at the garden.  There are workshops and demonstrations throughout the growing season. There are opportunities to volunteer by helping to weed the gardens or assist with the summer program.

Contact tollandyouthgarden2011@gmail.com for more details. Check us out on Facebook!

 

Garden club members, friends, volunteers, and children joined together in the fall of 2010 to start building the youth garden. We used the "lasagna" method which means you create layers of soil, newspaper, compost, and straw then we repeated the layers again until several large raised beds were completed.  By the spring of 2011, the garden was ready for planting. The youth garden has grown and includes compost bins, a water containment system, herb gardens, butterfly garden, meadow garden and Little Free Library. The children are fully involved with the growth and development of the youth garden. 

Check out more photos at the official Tolland Recreation photo website: Tolland Youth Garden Program

 

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 YOUTH GARDEN (YG) PROGRAMS 

CROP MOB at the Tolland Youth Garden! Dates to be determined.

Wear your gardening shoes  and gloves.  First time gardeners and seasoned pros of all ages are welcome to learn and grow together as we get the garden ready to plant, get some early crops planted, weed and water, and continue planting throughout the growing season. 

Earth Guardians and Speak For The Trees

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELUCOnQh6Y

Speak For the Trees was written on behalf of protecting the worlds resources for future generations. Our song tells the story, of how young people are standing up all over the world as leaders to protect what they love and to be a voice for those that are voiceless. Ours and future generations will be most affected by the decisions made at COP21, so we are using our voices though music to remind world leaders what is at stake and that what they decide at COP21 will determine the kind of world they will leave us with.

THE MEADOW GARDEN

In 2014, the garden club received permission from the Town of Tolland to create a Meadow Garden next to the Youth Garden area.  The area surrounding the Lion's Club field has been maintained as a large expanse of mowed grass but the Youth Garden wanted to create a naturalized area to attract birds, bees, and butterflies to the garden.  Bees are very important for pollination and the plans for the meadow garden will include native plants that are preferred by bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects (good bugs).  By attracting these insects and bees, it will allow for better pollination of the vegetables, flowers and herbs growing in the garden plus the meadow garden will look beautiful for anyone that drops by to visits or enjoys walking along the paved path. 

In July 2015, Nick Feury, Order of the Arrow Scout, Tolland Troop 15, and his crew completed work on his Eagle Project at the YG to replace invasive bog plants with natives that will attract beneficial insects and critters. Jane Seymour, DEEP Steward of Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon, was on hand to guide and advise the scouts with their project. TYG steward, Collin Dooley, who is also a Troop 19 scout, was part of Nick's crew. As invasives were dug out, they were replaced with bog loving natives like Serviceberry shrubs and Turtlehead perennials. These plants were donated from TGP member's gardens. The crew celebrated with pizza, smiles, and high fives when the work was finished. Well done, Nick, and his crew from Troop 19 in Tolland! 

 A special sign was installed in October 2015 in memory of Lois Barlow Cox Query, a beloved member of Tolland Garden Paths garden club who passed away in 2014.  Lois was very involved in gardening and conservation efforts in Tolland. The club wanted to pay respect to Lois and the Meadow Garden seemed to be the perfect spot to pay homage to this amazing person who touched everyone's life. Lois was always happy and joking around but she was very serious when it came to conservation and her efforts to eradicate invasive species. To learn more about Lois, see our home page for the full article.