Calendar

All Gardeners Meeting

Saturday, May 20th - 10:00 am

TSBVI Workday

Sunday, April 23rd, 9-11 am


Ongoing

Board Meetings

First Tuesday of every month.

Improving Accessibility - Welcome to the Vernon Barker Memorial Garden!

Three new raised beds 
					with wicking technology allow easy access to gardeners with disabilities.

Sunshine Community Gardens is committed to improving access for people with disabilities. Sunshine gardeners came together this year to build some great raised beds to improve access and broaden accessibility to the garden, and expand our membership. The Vernon Barker Memorial Garden is a new way for people to enjoy gardening. The project is named in honor of longtime beloved gardener Vernon Barker. Vernon was an excellent gardener and Austin original. A WWII veteran attached to the Texas 36th Infantry Division, Vernon saw action in North Africa and Italy. His great personality and storytelling brought a smile to everyone.

Three raised beds were recently constructed that allow access for people in wheelchairs. These plots are 10 by 3 feet and 24 inches high. They also have a water spigot within a few feet of the beds. There is room to maneuver a wheelchair around them and the plots are adjacent to our parking area for easy access.

The beds use wicking technology. In these beds, a gravel base is laid in an impermeable membrane which acts as a reservoir. A perforated pipe allows recharging of this mini aquifer from the surface. Topsoil layered above the gravel wicks water to the plant roots from below. This saves water, keeps the soil cool and moist, and helps plants survive our brutal summers by directing their roots deep instead of staying shallow.

For more information about renting one of these plots please contact Steven Uecker at steven_uecker@hotmail.com or Kay McMurray at scg.plots@gmail.com.

Quote of the day

Recent Forum Posts

Visit SCG's Forums

News Articles
Milkweed for Monarchs by scgardenweb
December 24, 2016, 07:25 AM
News Articles
How to Use SCG's Compost Tea by scgardenweb
November 06, 2016, 02:53 PM
Events in the Neighborhood
Vinegars & Holiday Gifts by scgardenweb
October 17, 2016, 07:38 PM
Gardening Resources
Gardening Links by scgardenweb
October 17, 2016, 10:24 AM
News Articles
Avoid Heat Stroke this Summer by scgardenweb
October 14, 2016, 02:01 PM

Calendar

(Add your event)