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There’s fun galore coming up in Dunwoody. First, the annual Art in the Park exhibit and the Dunwoody Community Garden Plant Sale run Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7. These two events support the arts and the community garden. 

Hosted by the Dunwoody Fine Art Association and Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard, both events will be at Brook Run Park in and around the greenhouse complex across from the skate park.  Inside the barn, you’ll find affordable art from local artists who regularly exhibit in galleries, juried shows, and regional/national events.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to freshen up your home or office and to meet some of our local artists. This exhibit is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. all three days.

Outside, look for plants to eat—organically grown vegetables you can plant in your garden including hard to find heirloom tomatoes, herbs and hot and hotter peppers. There’s more, though. You’ll also find plants to admire—annual and perennial plants like foxglove, hellebore, and hosta. There will be thousands of plants, and the prices start at $1. The sale runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday.

As I’ve bicycled and walked at Brook Run, I’ve noticed the Community Garden, but I’ve never taken the time to learn about how it functions. I remedied that gap in my knowledge with a quick visit to the website at dcgo.org.

I discovered the garden was founded with 60 numbered plots in 2009 and was expanded to 92 plots in 2011. Garden plots may be rented for $60 annually, and participants must commit to plant and maintain their plots year round and comply with the organic gardening guidelines set forth by the organization. At press time, plots were still available for new members. Visit the website for info and to apply.

In addition to providing hands-on gardening opportunities for Dunwoody residents, the DCGO organizes educational and social events. The group also supports the Dunwoody community by encouraging members to donate excess produce from their plots to charity.

The garden is completely manned by volunteer members who agree to provide a minimum of 12 service hours each calendar year in support of DCGO activities. Volunteers can choose to participate in activities such as working at the Greenhouse, at the Garden, and at the Charity Beds; working with the Harvest Team or the Butterfly Garden Team, or manning the Plant Sales and helping with social events. The organization also receives support from community and business organizations and partners with the City of Dunwoody Parks Department.

These three days of art and plants will whet your appetite for the Lemonade Days Festival kicking off April 24, also in Brook Run Park. You can spend Wednesday through Friday evenings enjoying food, music and carnival rides and then come back Saturday and Sunday to shop the Made In Dunwoody Country Store and the Local Authors Bookstore. Happy April!

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest, Amy’s Hallmark at the Forum, and on Amazon. Contact her at inkpenn119@gmail.com, and follow her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/KathyManosPennAuthor/.

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