South Laguna Community Garden Park gathering this Saturday

Mahina Watson with her giant beet at Garden Park. Photo/South Laguna Community Garden Park

South Laguna Community Garden Park volunteers invite the community to join in a gathering of garden friends at the community garden, 31610 Coast Highway, on Sept. 17 from 4:30 p.m. until sunset. Chefs Tiffani Tincher and Ryan “Farmer Leo” Goldsmith will join us again to share their farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres and local brews and wines. Music will be by the Garden Band and Moon Police members Doug Miller, Grace and Ginger Freeman. Attendees can hear the latest Garden Park acquisition news.

In 2009 with the property owner’s permission, volunteers created the South Laguna Community Garden Park with the help of community donations. It is a beloved place for local residents and visitors and is open to all every day. More than 400 gardeners have participated, tending their beds and maintaining the Garden Park for public benefit. As a welcoming green space, it serves as a park for viewing, strolling, picnicking and holding events, including musical performances, classes, potlucks, and educational talks.

However, the future of the Garden Park is not assured until the land is purchased. For the first time since 2012, the property is on the market. We are exploring options for acquisition with a team of local real estate experts. We hope to have positive news to report soon.

We have received more than $1 million in donations and pledges, including a $500,000 commitment from the City of Laguna Beach. We know more funds will be needed. Please consider a tax-deductible donation or pledge to support our negotiations to purchase the Garden Park. When the agreement is accepted for purchase of the property, you will be asked to complete your pledge commitment. For reservations, donations and pledges, visit For more information, call (949) 499-1804.

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