by Elaine Nelson
The first-ever Eastside Neighborhood Association garden tour was held on the chilly Sunday afternoon of December 7. Approximately 25 people gathered at Tim & Heather McLeod’s house for a hot spiced cider before walking to several gardens around the Eastside.

It seems a little crazy to organize a garden tour for the beginning of winter, but it was a great opportunity to explore on what turned out to be one of the last nice days before the storm. We looked at compost setups, raised beds built from cinder blocks, terracing, chickens, edible and decorative gardens. Everybody learned a little something, met new people, and got a good walk in the bargain!

Thanks to Tim McLeod & Chad Akins for organizing, to Kate, Laura, Dave, Kathleen, Tom & those whose names I have forgotten for showing off their winter gardens, and to everyone who came out.

We’ll be doing it again this spring, on Sunday March 8. Location to be announced, contact Chad Akins at (360) 357-1407 or Timothy McLeod at (360) 870-5946, check the website, or join the ENA email list for details. We’ll be sure to have some treats, and have better transportation for the kids.