We are always looking for more volunteers and people who can contribute supplies / donations. Please call 763-566-6618 or come on Wednesday evenings after 6:30 p.m.
Common Ground is a unique garden comprised of a corner lot and the adjoining lot abutting the north side of Shingle Creek. These two properties have never been built on, due partially to high water table. In 2005 the title was transferred from Hennepin County to the Minneapolis Park Board.
In 1995 Douglas Owens Pike of Energyscapes developed a plan to turn this area which had collected neighborhood trash into a landscaped demonstration for native plants. I believe it was financed by the Sustainable Resource Center, Urban Lands Program. Four of our present gardeners worked with the installation. The garden’s east side near the street is a seeded prairie, the south area a planted prairie. The west side has wetland prairie plantings, the north and center a shade garden. The southwest area also has raised vegetable beds.
Through the years we have tried to maintain its native character, and make it a community treasure by installing benches and a picnic table, adding plantings and labels, and have had occasional programs. We have partnered with Olson Middle School, Shingle Creek Environmental Magnet School and the Peacemaker Center and provided a unique opportunity and learning environment for students and youth of all ages.
We invite the community to wander and enjoy the winding shady paths splashed with a variety of colors and natural flowers reminiscent of the north woods.
In 2010 we received a grant from the Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association to rebuild our raised beds – thank you very much! We are also grateful to our other partners – the Minneapolis Park Board, Minnesota Green, Gardenworks, the volunteer gardeners, and community – for their continued appreciation and support.