Growing Gardens of Boulder Helps Lyons Plant It Forward

Growing Gardens, a Boulder, Colorado non-profit dedicated to cultivating community through sustainable urban agriculture, donated over 700 plants to Lyons, Colorado Garden Club’s “Garden to Garden Plant Distribution” event in an effort to help restore the town’s community areas and residents’ homes and gardens.

Each year, after their Community Plant Sales close for the season, Growing Gardens donates over 6,000 plants including vegetables, herbs, lettuces, annuals and perennials to help low income Boulder County residents grow their own food and beautify their homes. Johanna Zinn, member of the Lyons Garden Club, was shopping at the Growing Gardens Community Plant Sales in May and asked a volunteer “What does Growing Gardens do with all the unsold plants?” A few days later, three truckloads of organic tomato starts, squashes, lettuces, herbs, annuals and perennials made their way to Lyons for the plant giveaway.

After the flood that destroyed much of Lyons in September 2013, the town’s common areas and residents’ vegetable gardens were washed away. The Lyons Garden Club is working to restore these areas and in the process, helping residents from both Lyons and Jamestown to replant their home gardens.


Sandra G. Malhotra is the Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regenerate Magazine. She is just a little bit passionate about health and wellness being our birthright.