Community gardens are a happy place where residents can get their hands dirty to raise farm-to-table produce and colorful flowers. The connection to the earth allows both the experienced gardener and the novice to nurture a seed to maturity. Isabel’s Garden is seated in a sunny place along the Johns River. The manicured dividers between the garden plots add to the English-style atmosphere.
Tomatoes, peppers, radishes, greens and watermelon are popular fruit and vegetables grown in the nutrient rich soil. The growing season begins in March and crops are harvested as late as December.
Flowers commonly grown in the area include daffodils, tulips, lilies, sunflowers and assorted mountain wildflowers. Herbs easy to grow in Isabel’s Garden include rosemary, basil, oregano, sage and mint.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying the fruits of our labor at the dinner table. Residents at The Coves Mountain River Club have the option of maintaining their own garden plot or retaining assistance from our garden committee.
Average annual temperatures for growing
69 high 44 low – spring
86 high 64 low – summer
68 high 46 low – fall
52 high 28 low – winter
Participating in a community garden is a great way to improve our health by eating more fresh produce. It’s also a way to meet new neighbors and enjoy the beauty of the mountain-fed Johns River.
If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine
“Live in each season as it passes; breath in the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau