The Phoenix Botanic Garden closed its doors to the public in May 2018, leaving the community of gardeners who had grown up there in limbo.
The closure was a shock to many, as the garden has been a hub for gardens across the city, and the community had grown close.
After the closure, some of the gardens that had been a part of the community were left without a place to call home.
Now, in the wake of the Botanical Gardens closure, community members are hoping to rebuild their gardens, and have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a new facility for community gardens.
The Botanical gardens have been a great place to learn and grow, but it’s time to make the most of what was there.
“It was the best place for me to grow up.
My parents had their own house in the area, so I grew up around it,” said Phoenix Botanist Emily O’Neill.
When Phoenix Botans garden closed, the community left behind some of their roots, which helped shape the way the community was structured.
“The community was kind of like a little club of the same type as a lot of other garden communities, but they were not necessarily the same as the traditional garden community,” O’Donnell said.
She said many of the gardeners had worked together and shared some of that knowledge.
I think that was something we would have been really happy to have,” she said.”
I think it was really important for them to know each other and have a relationship with each other, and that’s what’s been really missing out.”
I think that was something we would have been really happy to have,” she said.
But now, the garden is in the hands of the new Phoenix Gardens community, which includes many gardeners from across the Phoenix area.
Community members hope to bring a new structure for the community, with an indoor garden facility that would provide a place for people to come and work.
They are asking for $20,000 in funding, and are looking to raise about $7,000 of that through GoFundME.
O’Neill said that they have been in discussions with other gardeners and are planning on having an event at their garden later this year, which will be open to the community.
It’s an opportunity for everyone to come together and share some of those experiences, she said, and to have some space where people can meet and have that time together, like they would a coffee or a cup of tea.
We want to make sure this community is a place where everybody can feel safe and welcome,” she added. “
Our goal was to get this thing started and start this community garden in this beautiful community,” said O’Naughton.
We want to make sure this community is a place where everybody can feel safe and welcome,” she added.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering to help out with the project can reach out to the Phoenix Gardens team at Phoenix [email protected]