Canyon Lake Community Gardeners Club begins work at Community Garden

Club members lay out the Community Garden in preparation for the installation of raised garden beds. Photo by Terry Makeig.

Six members of the Canyon Lake Community Gardeners Club spent Saturday marking out the layout of the Community Garden at the north end of Evans Park on Schooner Drive.

Earlier this year, the Canyon Lake POA Board of Directors approved $16,000 in funding for grading, irrigation, sod removal, and the installation of a fence at the Community Garden. There will be a total of 20 raised beds and space for a shaded area, a compost bin, and a tool shed.

The club will be holding another workday on August 12 at 7 a.m. Work will include cutting overgrown plants and trees against the back fence, installing screening along the back fence, and loosening dirt where the raised beds will be installed.

Volunteer Chris Papavero works on the layout of the Community Garden. Photo by Terry Makeig.

The club is currently seeking donations of a tool shed, trashcan, fruit trees, a picnic bench, and shade. “We are also in need of anyone who is skilled in construction, carpentry, or tree removal,” Kelly Lopez, club founder, said.

The club plans to hold a Fall Planting Workshop at this location on September 9 at 4 p.m. There will be a seed giveaway and demonstrations on how to prepare a garden bed, how to start drip irrigation, and how to plant a fall garden in a raised garden bed.

To help raise funds for the needs of the Community Garden, the club will be holding a garage sale fundraiser on September 22 and September 23. Donations of household items, decorations, books, clothing, glassware, sports equipment, small furniture, and other miscellaneous items are being accepted now. 

Photo by Terry Makeig.

To donate items for the club’s garage sale fundraiser, contact Kelly Lopez at 951-609-6723 or drop the items off on the porch at 29655 Chaparral Way. Donations are tax-deductible. 

The Community Gardeners Club meets on a monthly basis for meetings, outings, and workshops. The dates and times vary. Annual club membership is $25. For more information, contact Kelly Lopez at 951-609-6723. To be added to the club’s newsletter email, send a request to [email protected].


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