Bevo Gardens

Neighborhood: Bevo Mill
Project Location: Southwest Corner of Morganford and Osceola
Project Sponsor: Activate Bevo
Sustainability Plan Category: Arts, Culture

Bevo_shed 4 lot from osceola2 bevo site plan

 

 

 

 

The Bevo Gardens project transformed an unused, overgrown vacant lot into an attractive intergenerational neighborhood gathering space. The project surrounds a skateboarding rink on the same lot (recently built by KHTV, a local group that promotes skateboarding) with benches, a kiosk for community announcements, community garden plots with rain barrels, native shrubs, trees and perennials.

In addition to holding regular community garden work days, residents have held Garden Parties and instructional gardening classes such as “How to Build a Raised Garden Bed,” “Composting for City Slickers,” and “Drought Resistant Plants.” This unique recreational space, by supporting a diverse range of activities, aims to increase community safety by promoting interaction among multiple generations and ethnic groups.

Timeline:

July 2013- Collaboration and planning meetings with KHTV and Refab STL; created site plan

August 2013- Ordered benches; preparation for September Bevo Garden Party

September 2013- Hosted Bevo Garden Party

October 2013- Garden members and class/workshop sign-ups

November 2013- Hosted “How to Build a Cold Frame” workshop; began construction of garden shed

Related Resources: Refab STL