NoDa’s Hidden Gardens Revealed at NoDaGardenWalk Saturday September 25, 2021
Walking around NoDa, you can often glimpse a hidden garden – someone’s ruby tomatoes hanging off of a plant, or a raucous burst of yellow daisies. But rarely do we get a chance to see the whole thing, or learn about how the growth was motivated by childhood memories, a passion for native plants, or the taste of fresh-from-the-garden cucumbers.
But this September 25th, a few garden gates will be open for tours and questions for the first ever NoDaGardenWalk. We hope you’ll join us from 10am-1pm to explore one or more of the magical NoDa spaces. The event is free and suited for all ages.
How to join the walk: Stop by any of the locations below (some have specific tour times) for a map and information. Those who visit 3 or more locations are eligible to enter a drawing for $100 worth of plants from The Patio Farmer!
Big plans for small spaces: Erin Hostetler of The Patio Farmer has worked with many in NoDa to create beauty in yards and in much smaller spaces. She’ll be at Local Loaf to show how easy you can get started, even if you don’t have (or can’t even grow) grass. Erin will also have seedlings for perennial herbs (like rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme, oregano, mint, chive, etc.) and some leafy greens (broccoli, kale, collards, chard, etc.), as well as a few seed packets as well for root vegetables, lettuce, spinach, arugula, etc. All seedlings are $4. Herbs come in a single pot (one plant) and vegetables come in a 3-pack (three plants). Stop by anytime between 10 and 1 to chat with Erin about your dream garden.
Waste to wonders: Eric Theys of Crown Town Compost and Crown Town Landscapes will also be at Local Loaf to talk about their compost collection service, edible landscaping, and other options. Some of you may have seen some of their edible landscaping near Davis Flohr Park on Charles Ave. Stop by anytime between 10 and 1 to chat with Eric at Local Loaf about how composting can improve your garden or lower your waste.
New addition! Grass to habitat: Charlotte Wildlife Stewards will be at Local Loaf from 10am-12pm to discuss making wildlife habitats. They have worked to certify the City of Charlotte as a Community Wildlife Habitat, one of the largest cities east of the Mississippi to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Each week, they add new wildlife habitats to Charlotte. Is your landscape next? Stop by to find out between 10am and 12pm.
Highland Montessori Elementary School native plant garden (McDowell at Charles): Chris O’Brien has brought his talents for education and gardening together to turn what was once grass into a space where flowers, plants, and children can grow. A shaded walking path rings the native plant garden and meanders through the nearby trees. Tours at 10am, 11, and 12pm, please enter on McDowell St.
Native plants for beauty and sustainability: Emily Burns has created a not-so-hidden garden in her front yard, with help from an Urban Cost Share grant. The garden hosts a variety of native plants chosen to both enhance her front yard and match the native flora of Mecklenburg County. While the project started with a grant, the long-term value comes in the low level of effort required by these plants. Stop by for more information on the grant and native plants (and see below for more funding opportunities). On Charles Ave between McDowell and Pickney, anytime between 10 and 1.
Edible Landscape (3031 Clemson Ave) – stop by just for a look at this Crown Town Compost Edible Landscape – no tour available but you’re welcome to stop by and check it out (Crown Town will be at Local Loaf for any questions)
Little Watt Farm (817 E. 35th St): Eddie and Jeannette are masterful gardeners, and have turned their back yard on 35th street into a mix of beds and greenhouses, with life erupting in almost every square inch of space. Even better, they love to share what they’ve learned, and occasionally some seeds or seedlings. Tours at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30, at 817 35th street (just go up the driveway).
Due to the high COVID rates in the region, we encourage everyone to social distance during the tours and wear a mask when in close proximity.
MORE INFO: Funding opportunities for native plants:
Landscaping with Natives – https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/show_ep3_pdf/1630093511/23548/
Backyard Conservation – https://nrcspad.sc.egov.usda.gov/DistributionCenter/pdf.aspx?productID=428
Invasive Plant ID Guide – https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs119.pdf
Invasive Management Guide – https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs131.pdf