The Junior League of Boca Raton (JLBR) will unveil its new Community Garden in Meadows Park in Boca Raton on Saturday, October 16, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. As part of the garden’s re-opening, the city will celebrate Boca Raton’s 41st year as a “Tree City USA” with a tree giveaway for Boca Raton residents. The trees will be native and fruiting trees.
“We were delighted to work with the city and Brightline to move the JLBR Community Garden,” Jamie Sauer, president of the Junior League of Boca Raton said. “This joint effort will enable the community to come together through gardening.”
The 1.4 acre garden and will contain 100 plots available for patrons to lease. The space will include both permaculture and pollinator gardens, as well as space for fruit trees and pineapples—a nod to Boca Raton’s agricultural past. Ten percent of all fruits and vegetables harvested by individual garden plots will be donated to Boca Helping Hands.
The JLBR worked with Brightline and the City of Boca Raton to relocate the garden that was formerly located across from the downtown public library. The initiative is part of Brightline’s investment in the city, in addition to a new train station and parking garage. The garden is the definition of true community partnership.
“We are happy to celebrate as the new Community Garden comes to fruition with the leadership of the Junior League and support of the City of Boca Raton,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “This initiative is an example of Brightline’s mission to make a positive impact in the communities it touches. We thank the City of Boca Raton and the Junior League of Boca Raton for working with us toward these goals as we continue to expand and connect communities in South Florida.”