Hawthorn Gardens

Hawthorn Gardens, our nearest community garden, is located at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. There are greenhouses, many garden plots, a children’s garden, a composting area, an area sectioned off for the Cultiva! project for 11-19-year-olds, bees and probably more stuff that I don’t even know about. To go there is to be overwhelmed by how much small-scale farming, composting and everything else can happen within the city limits.

For a sense of scale, look at it on a satellite photo. Dividing it roughly into quarters by the pathways, you can see the Cultiva! area in the northwest quadrant; public plots in the southwest; the children’s garden is the sort of five-sided area in the southeast, while the compost area is just south of that; in the northeast, you see the greenhouses.


Map of Hawthorn and other Boulder community gardens.


Growing Gardens offers gardening workshops at the Hawthorn greenhouse.


The next time you can get on a waiting list for Hawthorn Gardens (or any Boulder community gardens through Growing Gardens) is Jan. 3, 2011.


Either Cultiva! doesn’t have a very strong Web presence or I’m just having a hard time finding it. In any case, here’s one description I’ve found on Facebook:

“Anyone ages 11-19 can participate in this program. The Cultiva youth cultivate a 1.5 acre garden. They sell their produce weekly at the Boulder County Farmers Market and donation a portion to the community. Volunteer activities include helping maintain the garden, including planting, weeding, mulching and harvesting. Volunteers can also contribute to the Cultiva youth program by teaching skills to the teens. In the past we’ve had volunteers teach yoga classes, nutrition workshops, job skills, composting techniques. We are open to suggestions and would love to have you get involved.”

It’s part of Growing Gardens, which gives 303-440-8409 as a contact number for Cultiva! and other youth programs.