With picnic season upon us, the Eagle-Vail Community Garden is once again planning its annual Summer Potluck in the Garden. Community gardeners will meet in the garden on Saturday at 5 p.m. to share food and drink, enjoy each other’s company and show off their thriving plots to anyone in the valley who would like to participate in the potluck. (Yes, there are still a few plots available; contact the garden through the website, eaglevailgarden.com, if you’re interested.)
“Our third annual potluck is an event not to miss,” said Shawn Bruckman, the community garden president. “It’s a great time to enjoy delicious food and chat with neighbors and friends in a relaxed and beautiful setting.”
Burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, beer and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Donations will be accepted, but are not essential. Bring a dish to share, a plate, a cup and utensils.
So we don’t end up with all desserts (though that might not be so bad), bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name: A to I, bring an appetizer; J to O, bring a salad or side dish; P to Z, bring a dessert. You may also want to bring a blanket or chair.
“This is a great opportunity to see how the community garden has developed and matured since it began three years ago,” said Jean Dziekan, who has been involved with the garden since its inception.
Visitors are welcome to wander among the beds and marvel at the diversity of plants that are emerging in the 72 individual and corporate plots. The community garden also includes a dozen or so communal beds, including a habitat bed, a sensory plot, a Colorado native plants garden, a beer and wine garden, a Hugelkultur bed and a strawberry and squash garden.
Children are welcome, of course. “It’s a very family-oriented garden,” Bruckman said. “There’s a playhouse, a sandbox and plenty of grass for the kids to romp in while their parents are visiting or checking out the garden plots.”
Dogs, however, are not allowed inside the garden.