Merriam Station Community Garden
The Merriam Station Community Gardeners have actively transformed a previously neglected tract of land into a true community treasure. They have made affordable garden plots readily available to a diverse group of gardeners, and have promoted the growth and consumption of fresh organic food throughout our neighborhoods. This valued community asset benefits not only its membership but the broader community through contributions to a local food shelf, educational opportunities, and engaging events, and increased public safety.
Merriam Station Community Garden is located on a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) right-of-way along Gilbert Avenue just north of I-94 and just west of Prior Avenue.
Eleanor Graham Community Garden
The Eleanor Graham Community Garden was established in the 1990s on land leased from St. Paul Public Works and is being enhanced year by year. Staying true to its original vision, about half of the plots are rented by neighborhood apartment dwellers. Full size plots (20 ft x 15 ft) rent annually for $30 and half-plots (10 ft x 15 ft) for $20. Gardeners are required to volunteer two hours per month to maintain Garden common areas: flower beds, native pollinator habitat, compost bins, food shelf plots, and lawn space. The Garden is home to two ancient bur oak trees as well as an orchard of fruit and nut trees. In 2021, the Garden hopes to welcome honeybee hives.
Eleanor Graham Community Garden is located in the triangle formed by Hamline Avenue, Ashland Avenue, and Ayd Mill Road. Most gardeners bike or walk to the garden, but street parking is close by. A broad footpath under the Hamline Bridge at Laurel Avenue permits access without having to cross Hamline. A bicycle/pedestrian path now runs along the Garden’s southern perimeter to provide access to the new off-street bicycle/pedestrian trail along Ayd Mill Road. If you are interested in renting a plot, email email@example.com .
Dunning Community Garden
More information coming on this garden, but in the meantime contact dunninggardenstp.@gmail.com for more information!
Blooming Saint Paul award
The Eleanor Graham Community Garden was presented with a Silver Bloom award in the Edible Gardens category at the 11th annual Blooming Saint Paul awards ceremony on January 25, 2016. Sue and Paul Bullard won a Golden Bloom in the same category for their edible home landscape. Paul is a member of the Eleanor Graham garden committee.
At the ceremony, Arts and Garden Coordinator Mark Granlund reminded the audience at the ceremony that the Eleanor Graham Garden had been de-commissioned during the Hamline Bridge reconstruction and remarked, “they’ve come back stronger than ever!”
Blooming Saint Paul is an initiative of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, the Saint Paul Garden Club, and the Ramsey County Master Gardeners. The annual awards recognize outstanding private and public gardens, art, landmark trees, and contributions to beautifying Saint Paul. The Eleanor Graham and Bullard gardens were nominated by neighbors. The grateful gardeners wish to extend a hearty “thank you” for taking notice of all the hard work and nominating these worthy efforts.