Candide’s ‘teaching garden’ will get a grand opening

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LAKE COMO — The Lake Como Environmental Commission will hold a grand opening and introduction to Candide’s Garden, located at 513 18th Ave. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 19. According to a press release from the garden’s founder and Chair of the Lake Como Environmental Commission Jon Gibbons, the “teaching garden” is a way for residents to learn about landscaping and gardening and in turn, improve the environment. “Capping my own life of quixotic adventure, I have about ready to go, a ‘teaching garden,’ which is intended to provide gardening knowledge for Lake Como residents, school kids, scouts, etc., focusing on native plants and pollinators, and tended by squeaky clean environmental gardening practice,” Mr. Gibbons said. The garden includes various areas such as a berry border; curiosity “fun” garden; hedge, veggie and herb gardens; an environmentally-friendly turf lawn; an orchard with multiple fruit trees, among several others. According to the release, the area is populated by more than 400 different species, totaling 1,500 plants in all. “Every plan is inventoried and marked with both its common and horticultural name, and we are installing wood-burned signs which identify the different beds,” Mr. Gibbons said. Visitors are invited to come out to the event to view the native plants, “escape the tyranny of ‘crew cut’ lawns” and see new ways to beautify the streetscape in Lake Como.     The introduction event for Candide’s Garden will be held rain or shine. For more information, please visit. www.lakecomo.org.

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