At The Garden

The community garden movement in America has been strong and growing for many years. With an increased national focus on sustainability and preserving and growing local food sources, it becomes incumbent upon every community and organization to do what they can to make our earth a better place. Community gardens can be many things, but at their essence they are a way to connect the residents of the community with nature and horticulture.

We have a unique opportunity to create a garden for our community that will provide a laboratory for learning about how what we eat is directly related to how we feel, and how sunshine, rain, wind, soil, water and wildlife work together to provide us with the building blocks of a healthy life.

The Community’s Garden will be an 11-acre park located on the Door County Medical Center campus on 16th Street in Sturgeon Bay. Along with DCMC, the City of Sturgeon Bay, the Door County YMCA, and Crossroads at Big Creek have formally committed to being active participants in this project. A conceptual design for the garden has been designed and includes the following features:

  • Prayer Garden
  • Accessible trails through cedar “forest/wetland” area with educational stops throughout
  • Rain Garden
  • Large pond with native marsh plantings aerated with a bog system
  • Wildlife viewing area
  • Areas for themed gardens
  • Council ring
  • Children’s garden
  • Traditional community garden with plots for families, individuals and employees
    of participant organizations
  • Small greenhouse/activity building that will house a demonstration kitchen,
    space for starting seedlings, and classroom designed for interactive learning
  • Formal perennial herb garden
  • Production gardens for use in hospital kitchens
  • Outdoor sculpture throughout

Activities that are planned for the Community’s Garden will include:

  • Nutrition classes for children and families, which will include learning where food comes from, promotion of a physical activity (i.e. gardening), harvesting of food, hands-on cooking and canning classes, and utilizing foods when they are in season
  • Gardening classes and work projects for children and families
  • Classes focusing on land and water preservation
  • Small public gatherings including possible fundraising activities or other small celebrations
  • Senior citizen gardening classes and activities
  • Special activities for residents of the skilled nursing facility
  • Physical therapy including horticultural therapy