Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.”  And it was so.   

~ Genesis 1:11

Welcome to Giving Garden!

Come Grow With Us this year as we again grow fresh produce for those in need, especially TABLE recipients. Our regular workdays are Tuesdays, 9:00 -11:00 AM and Saturdays, 9:00 AM – noon. 

We would love for you to come out and see what’s growing this season:  onions, garlic, herbs, flowers, strawberries, asparagus, raspberries, blueberries, radishes, cucumbers, beans, potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beets, zucchini, okra and luffa. Even if you are unable to work in the garden, please come to enjoy fellowship with the volunteers or to just enjoy the beautiful setting. We look forward to seeing you at Giving Garden!

Please contact Ann Booterbaugh at if you have any questions.

National Public Gardens Day, May 10

Since 2009, National Public Gardens Day has occurred annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The day was established by the American Public Gardens Association to “promote awareness of botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, historic gardens or any of North America’s public gardens.” We would love for you to celebrate at Giving Garden. If you haven’t made it to the garden yet, please come Saturday, May 11 to our regular workday. If you’d like, please bring your favorite flower or seeds to plant. We have 2 beehives at the garden, and there can never be too many flowers! Also, this year, we want volunteers and visitors to cut flowers to take home or take to others.

University UMC Community Garden (corner of Umstead Road and Estes Extension)
John Umstead Tilling the Garden

Progress at the Giving Garden