Welcome to the Summit Community Garden (SCG). This virtual tour will take you through the garden, exploring piece by piece, what makes this garden special, unique, and a beautiful place to Gather, Learn, and Grow.
From all of us here at SCG, we’d like to extend our deepest thanks to the community, local businesses, and partners who have supported this vision from the beginning. We hope you enjoy this space for years to come.
This tour starts at our entry gate, and will take you clockwise through the garden.
Stop 1: Garden History and Entering the Garden
This community garden resides on what was originally farmland that was donated to Summit County under the terms that it would remain in the community for agricultural purposes. An agricultural easement was created to limit how the land could be developed – specifically used only for not-for-profit agriculture or farming. This agricultural easement is currently managed by the Summit Land Conservancy to ensure it is used for those intended purposes. Basin Recreation leased the land with the intention and goal that it would be operated as a community garden. SCG, a nonprofit organization, took over management and operation of the garden.
As you enter the garden, take notice of that infrastructure. The eight-foot fence will keep the large Park City vegetable predators (deer, moose, and elk) out of everyone’s gardens and away from their bounty. Also, the paths make for a pleasant and accessible way to navigate through the garden space, while being able to stop and take in the view from one of our benches.
Stop 2: Perennial Herb and Sensory Garden
The first garden straight ahead as you walk into the garden, is our perennial herb and sensory space. This space contains herbs that come back year after year, like Sage, Thyme, and Chives. It will also contain plants that delight the senses like Lavender, which smells delightful, is gorgeous to the eye, and has a pleasant buzz from all the bees visiting the plant. We hope to expand this garden to include plants like Lamb’s Ear to touch, and native grasses to rustle in the wind.
Stop 3: Perennial Pollinator Garden
The garden adjacent to the Herb and Sensory Garden with wood chip mulch is our Perennial Pollinator space. This space is filled with perennial plants, shrubs, and flowers that bloom year after year. They are all climate appropriate for our “zone” and are all low water needs. The most important characteristic of these plants is that they attract and feed native pollinators. These pollinators include all kinds of bees (honeybees, bumblebees, mason bees, etc.), butterflies, and hummingbirds.
This garden contains plants that we would encourage you to plant in your own gardens to attract bees and butterflies to your home. These plants include species of Russian Sage, Agastache, Penstemon, Salvia, and Catmint, as well as many others. Feel free to ask any garden staff about all of the beautiful plants that fit our climate and attract valuable pollinators.
Stop 4: Fire Wise Garden
Our Fire Wise garden on the other side of our Herb Garden is an example of a garden that can help deter fire from reaching a home or structure. While no plant is fire proof, the plants located in the Fire Wise garden are not fire accelerants, and even have properties to help them withstand a fire. Some of the plants located within this garden contain natural soaps and oils that decrease flammability. Some have a high moisture content, and most grow low to the ground, which discourages a fire from climbing. The other important characteristic of these plants is that they don’t require much water. These plants can thrive with very little water, and can be quite beautiful. Some of the plants in this garden are Ice Plant, Soapwort, Hen and Chicks, Pussytoes, and Snow In Summer.
Stop 5: Kids’ Garden
Here is the beginning of something incredible. This space has been dedicated to our community’s kids. The Kids’ Garden is going to be a magical space for children to explore, play, and discover. We are in the process of building this space, and when it is finished, it will be a unique and fun space for kids to call their own. There will be multiple entrances to the kids’ garden that all lead to paths that take children through the space exploring different areas and activities. All paths will lead to the center wigwam, where kids have their own shady secret space. The wigwam is built from willow branches cut from willow bushes in the Uinta Mountains.
We encourage kids to be a part of the community garden and create their own community space with this Kids’ Garden. The Kids’ Garden will be made up of different discovery areas that will adapt and change with the needs and interests of our children. Ideas include a music space, a building space, a bug discovery area, and a game space. The garden will be enclosed by a living fence.