Lilburn Community Garden
"We will grow our community by creating and sustaining a community garden to nourish the body, to nurture the spirit and to encourage learning."
As part of the vision to promote downtown Lilburn as a place to bring people together, Lilburn Mayor, Johnny crist, put out a call to the entire Lilburn community in May of 2012 asking for volunteers to work on creating a community garden.
On April 6th, 2013, Jeremy and his team laid out and secured the garden beds at the site. The following Saturday a group of volunteers and men from MMG started the difficult process of filling all 27 garden beds with a mix of rich, organic composted soil and typical "Georgia" red clay soil. The bed frames were lined to prevent seepage of dirt. And then with wheel barrows and shovels the beds were slowly filled. The effort took about 3 hours to complete.
The "Grand Opening"
Saturday April 20th, 2013
Mayor Johnny Crist offered an invocation and talked about his vision for bringing a garden to Lilburn. Peggy Bergman, President of the LCG Board, offered thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, skills and effort to bring the garden to fruition. Peggy pointed out a few people whose help was essential to the garden. She thanked friends from Columbia Engineering, Duluth, GA, who volunteered their time and talents to design a garden that would meet environmental regulations, city and county codes, but most especially, the needs of the citizens of Lilburn. She offered huge thanks to Jeremy Myers, owner of Metro Maintenance Group, Inc., who donated equipment, time and manpower to help build the garden. MMG voluntarily undertook the tasks of preparing the garden area, getting materials and soil, framing the cedar beds, laying the beds, and on Saturday, April 13, was joined by other volunteers to finally fill the beds. And final thanks went to the City of Lilburn and Lilburn City Council members who offered the piece of property and continued support for the garden.
When the speeches ended, six LCG board members, along with Mayor Johnny Crist and Jeremy Myers officially cut the Ribbon to open the garden.
And the planting began!