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In Praise of Garden Gates


Garden Gate tours offer RCMG volunteers a chance to visit gardens grown by their RCMG peers! Visitors are inspired, volunteers exchange gardening advice and everyone enjoys the garden.

Tours are scheduled on Thursday evenings (6:30-8:00 pm) and Sunday afternoons (4:30-6:00 pm). Space is limited and varies by the garden. RCMG provides shoe covers and scrubbers to minimize the risk of soil-borne pests.

Top ten reasons you should attend a Garden Gate

  1. You might just fall in love with a new plant that you’ve never seen before, like Angelica gigas.

  2. You might learn something new, like how to stake those really big tomato plants, or how to improve the flow of water from your rain barrel.

  3. You might find a use for things you’ve been discarding, like wine corks.

  4. The gardener might share seeds with you!

  5. You might learn about a cool new place to purchase plants or seeds.

  6. You will meet other MG’s, and you may make new friends.

  7. What a great activity for Interns and Mentors!

  8. During a spring or fall Garden Gate, you’ll likely get new ideas for extending the season in your own garden. (See #1)

  9. You might get some new ideas for thwarting every gardener’s nemesis, the dreaded Sylvilagus floridanus.

  10. You might realize that weeds are in everybody’s garden, no matter how meticulous the gardener, and it’s time you just sign up to invite us to your garden.

Laurel Watt

Yard Waste Sites Project Co-Lead

RCMG Volunteer


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