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.

In addition to the core garden plots for families to grow food, The Community’s Garden will have a park setting. The Community’s Garden is located on the Door County Medical Center campus on 16th Street in Sturgeon Bay. Along with DCMC, LAKESHORES landscape & design and the City of Sturgeon Bay 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 (not in season 2020)
  • Gardening classes and work projects for children and families (not in season 2020)
  • Classes focusing on land and water preservation (not in season 2020)
  • Small public gatherings including possible fundraising activities or other small celebrations (not in season 2020)
  • Senior citizen gardening classes and activities (not in season 2020)
  • Special activities for residents of the skilled nursing facility
  • Physical therapy including horticultural therapy