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Second Annual Seed Swap

The Phoenicia Library and Shandaken Community Gardens will be holding their second annual seed swap on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 10:00 am until noon. This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Bring your saved garden seeds to swap with others, along with any excess seeds you may have saved from reputable organic seed companies. There will be table space available for all seed swappers. All seeds must be organically grown and non-hybrid. Seeds saved from backyard gardens are especially welcome. There will also be some seeds available to purchase for a nominal fee. If you have extra seed envelopes or other containers for seed sharing, please bring them along.

This is a really fun community event, so please don’t let the fact that you don’t have seeds keep you from coming. We want everyone interested in gardening and seed saving to attend. Bring the kids. Hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions please contact Joel at

Annual Seed Swap






Members-only Work Day — Pre-opening Clean-up

SCG Members are asked to sign up for Thursday 4/23, 3 pm-6 pm, to help prepare the paths, lumber for new beds, and generally get ready for opening day on 4/26!  Please let the crew leader know that you’re coming by emailing us.

Bring a pair of work gloves, a bottle of water and a potluck snack to share.  Any garden tools (especially shovels, hoes, and dirt rakes) will be useful as well.  Please no dogs, but bring the kids!  There will be much for everyone to do and see.

Putting Your Beds to Bed


While many flowers are still strutting their stuff, and cold-loving brassicas are in their prime, it’s actually the perfect time to start thinking of how to ready the garden for winter!

Autumn is upon us. Frost is not far off…

Do you know how to take care of your plot or home garden so that it is nutrient-rich and weedless come Spring? Share your knowledge and learn from experienced gardeners at:

Shandaken Community Gardens at Phoenicia Elementary School
2:30-4:40pm, Sunday October 13th

A hands-on afternoon of learning while we prepare garden beds for colder months. Join us for:

  • mulching
  • garlic planting
  • cover cropping
  • soil enriching

Even if you’re not quite ready to put yours to bed, come for:

  • a special harvest of the Community Roots bed, whose beets & carrots will go to a local food pantry
  • flower and herb picking (if frost hasn’t hit yet)

***If you can, please bring bags of leaves for beds and our compost pile!!***

Hope to see you there,

Arts in the Garden

Arts in the Garden
Sunday, September 8th 3 to 6pm
Shandaken Community Gardens at Phoenicia Elementary

Tasty Treats!
Musical performances by Jeffrey Roberts and Uncle Rock!
Pop-up Dance Performances!
Roving Artist Portraits!
Fun for the Whole Family!
Garden Tours!
Membership Info!

FREE and open to the public. (Pay what you can)
Come share in our celebration of Shandaken Community Gardens’ first season!

Garden Dedication

On Sunday May 5, gardeners ranging in age from 4 years old to senior citizens gathered to set our intentions to make Shandaken Community Gardens a place of beauty and bounty. A gracious and generous space to nourish the community.

Hojin Osho, a priest from Zen Mountain Monastery offered a poem as part of a dedication service she led at the garden that day. Heartfelt thanks to Hojin and to everyone who participated in that beautiful event.

Here is Hojin’s poem:

Hojin's dedication poem