Welcome to Our Garden Website

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Welcome to the website of the Morrisville Community Gardens!

This is a project that is still in its seed stage. The idea is to provide our residents and guests with a unique park setting where native Pennsylvania plants are preserved and showcased along side of raised bed fruit and vegetable gardens.

The proposal for this garden was presented to our Borough Council on June 11, 2014, as a part of a Comprehensive Parks plan presented by the Morrisville Environmental Advisory Board. (Note: The prepared statement introducing this project is also available.)

If you are interested in supporting this project, or better yet, becoming a member of this project, please sign up to be notified by email for future updates of this website. This will be the location where project updates, milestones, and statuses will be posted.

Your support for this project is vital and your thoughts and ideas are essential to its success.

Support from Local Businesses

One of the reasons I chose to live in Morrisville Borough was the uniqueness of having long-term, and even multi-generational, residents. In so many places in the U.S., small, older towns too easily suffer from economic hardships. A soaring cost of living coupled with too few local job opportunities can mean young families can’t afford to stay. Likewise, increasing tax burdens can result in an exodus of residents living on fixed incomes. No doubt this can, and has, happened here in Morrisville to some degree, but through prudent governance, and a resident base that has been determined to assist family and neighbor alike, our Borough has been able to avoid many of the calamities that we have witnessed in small towns elsewhere.

Throughout the years, in times both lean and plenty, the Owner-Operated Businesses in Morrisville have remained and we residents owe these good business people our gratitude, and more importantly, our patronage. When small businesses hit hard times they all too often close up shop or move elsewhere leaving behind desolate streets lined with empty store fronts resulting in added crime and declining home values. But that trend has been resisted by many of the men and women who opened their shops in our Borough and they have kept their doors open to us. Thanks to them we can boast of a better quality of life in comparison to so many other neighboring towns. Importantly, we can still enjoy the option to walk to a local store for our groceries, get the correct parts to maintain our older homes, renew our licenses, repair our cars, eat at a local restaurant, get a haircut, find expert legal advice, clean up our financial accountings, replace our worn out flags to show our patriotism and enjoy a sweet frozen treat after a little league game.

These are not the nameless, faceless corporations simply seeking profit. These are hard working men and women who have invested themselves in their businesses and in our community. Many of these good people are also our neighbors! And like many of our neighbors, they too support our efforts to create the Morrisville Community Gardens. If you are a fan of the garden project, please consider stopping by, saying hello, and making a purchase or appointment for service here in the Borough. I have met each of these good people and each and every one greeted me with a smile, a welcoming handshake, and their expressed dedication to improving our parks with our proposed garden project.

Please review this list of businesses supporting our Gardens and consider them first before you make your next purchases elsewhere.

Wanted: Artists, Musicians and All Lovers of Gardens

Wanted: Artists, Musicians and All Lovers of Gardens

The Morrisville Community Gardens is seeking local artists from Morrisville and our neighboring regions to support our fundraising efforts scheduled for early autumn 2014. An Art Show and Silent Auction featuring Garden Themed works from local artists is being planned. This show would be open to everyone, from students to masters of all ages.

We are also seeking contributions from local musicians to provide live entertainment because – What fun is one art without the other?

If you are an artist of sound, light or space, and you would like to contribute, or learn more about our gardens, please contact us at: morrisvillegardens@gmail.com, AND, please share this with other artist in our area. Spreading the word is one of the most valuable things we need today!

We hope to attract a broad range of artists and art lovers to our event where silent auction proceeds will go to providing support for the creation of the gardens, and in particular, to help us cover the costs of building specially designed garden beds for people with disabilities and children’s garden beds designed to enhance their knowledge of healthy foods, plant life and ecology.

Monet painting in his garden by Renoir. Licensed by Creative Commons.

Monet painting in his garden by Renoir. Licensed by Creative Commons.

Please contact us as soon as possible at: morrisvillegardens@gmail.com. This is our first attempt at this kind of fundraising so we are also seeking experienced individuals to help guide us and offer ideas. If you have some time to share your insight and ideas for this community supported project – we want to hear from you!

Our Gardens: What Could Be, Should Be

If the Morrisville Community Gardens had been started last year, gardeners might now be harvesting these wonderful vegetables: Green Beens, Beets, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive, Leeks, Lima Beans, Onions, Peppers, White Potatoes, Radishes, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini and many assorted Herbs.

Harvesting those will free space in the garden beds for planting vegetables now that will be harvested in the fall: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi and Spinach.

And after our harvest we could join with our neighbors and enjoy these Native Pennsylvania blooming flowers: Common Milkweed, Sundrops, Black-eyed Susan, Black Cohosh, Wild Geranium, Jacob’s Ladder, Joe-Pye-Weed and Bee-Balm.

All of those, along side of our collections of Native Pennsylvania shrubbery – also in bloom: Mountain Laurel, Rosebay, New Jersey Tea, Staghorn Sumac, Buttonbush, Wild Hydrangea, Ninebark, Summersweet and Elderberry.

As you can see, the month of July in the Morrisville Community Gardens will be filled with natural beauty and very busy gardening families! Smiling children in the gardens working alongside parents and grandparents, neighbors greeting neighbors as a volunteer docent guides visitors through the botanical collections. Each and every one enjoying the bounty of our community efforts! But… this will only happen if you voice your support and join as a member.

If you would like to garden with us, or simply enjoy relaxing in a peaceful park setting surrounded by flowering plants and lush, colorful vegetable gardens then please do these two things:
1) Call Borough Hall at (215) 295-8181 and let them know that you support the Morrisville Community Gardens, and,
2) Email us at morrisvillegardens@gmail.com to sign up as a member.

These gardens cannot become a reality without YOU!

Sign Up and More

The Morrisville Community Gardens are now accepting new member gardeners and additional ideas to be considered that will enhance our park.

To become a Member, and for more information, please visit the new Sign Up Now page.

To submit a new idea please visit Fresh Ideas page.

Please understand, the number of garden beds are very limited so don’t delay if you want to join the Morrisville Community Gardens. Also, please share information about our Community Gardens and opportunities to join with your friends, neighbors and families in the Borough.

Note: We are still awaiting approval from Council but we cannot afford to delay our organizing efforts – We ask you to join us now so that we can begin our efforts without delay.