Phoenix community garden gets lift from Home Depot

PHOENIX - Valley resident Ryan Thurmond has a vision for his community garden of three years, known as the Woodland Community Garden.

"We're trying to restore a vision of neighbors being neighbors and working together,” said Thurmond.

And the garden, located off 12th Avenue and Adams Street, has had its fair share of problems.

"This neighborhood historically has had a lot of blight, a lot of drug houses, a lot of challenges,” Thurmond said.

But a lack of resources has prevented the garden from having any definition. A flower here, a flower there, but nothing else.

Eighteen-year old resident Alexis Larios agrees, but says the garden serves an important purpose in the community.

“You just kind of connect with nature, kind of connect with yourself. You know, it's kind of a pride point for the neighborhood,” Lario said.

And today, volunteers from local Home Depot stores in the Valley gave her something to be even more prideful about; donating plots, plants, and even this structure for shade in the summer months.

It's all part of an initiative by the company to get involved in community gardens across the nation.

“They'll come out, get a free plot, get free plants, and they'll show them how to nurture them and grow them,” said Mike Starks with Home Depot.

Thurmond says it will make teaching neighbors how to garden, a lot easier this summer.

"I think they're going to be really grateful, especially for the shade structure, picnic tables. It's going to create an opportunity for them to get out of the sun, get out of the heat,” Thurmond said.

And for Alexis, who will be attending Georgetown next year, she hopes to plant the spirit of this little garden at her college campus next fall.

“I think that's what I’ve learned the most here is how not only to reap the benefits of what you grow, but also to spread those seeds,” Lario said.

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