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Funky Friday: South Seaward Garden
updated: Jul 22, 2011, 7:14 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Within steps of a sandy beach, mom & pop shops and eateries lies a charming, funky neighborhood garden.

About a year and a half ago, Chris Schertzer was tired of walking past an ugly weed farm of a vacant lot in is neighborhood called South Seaward Village. He decided to do something about it, and came up with the idea to turn it into a community garden.

He got the property owner to agree to a $1-a-year lease and his project grew into a community event. Grateful for the Nopalito Native Plant Nursery, who donated thousands of dollars worth of drought-resistant native plants and the landscape design, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Home town artists added their own flair by donating the art pieces you see speckled around the garden.

What was once a weed farm is now a fun, funky little place to chit chat with neighbors under the shaded gazebo and enjoy the many unique plants. Stick around long enough and Chris's name is sure to come up as the hero of South Seaward Village. No doubt, the garden is a testament to individuals doing something right to improve their community.

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 COMMENT 195407P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-22 12:49 PM

I heard there used to an airstrip where the homes are now.


 COMMENT 195918 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-24 09:12 AM

And, I do hope all of this VC community will, in turn, support NOPALITO'S for your plants, instead of your local home depot or Lowe's...no, I don't work for them, just a citizen who wants to see their business survive.


 COMMENT 202933 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-11 12:49 PM

I like the picture of the ice plant(?). It looks like a monster plant with spider legs. :)


 COMMENT 203687 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-13 03:42 PM

I love the fourth picure, the one with the plant that looks like a green rose with arms with hands coming out of it. Does someone know the name of that plant? It looks very Tim Burton-esk.


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