The City of Larkspur and a band of volunteers established the Larkspur Community Garden in 1982, restoring and rejuvenating land that had been a dumping ground. Raised beds took shape, along with a well-used compost bin and colorful flowerbeds to attract pollinators. An orchard soon followed, now numbering 23 trees, nurtured communally by garden members who share the harvest.
Seventy-two families participate in the Larkspur Community Garden, devotedly working side by side to create a friendly place for plant lovers of all ages. Gardeners help each other throughout the year and share expertise and growing techniques. In addition to providing lots of delicious fresh food, our gardens nurture and reward us in quiet ways as we observe nature’s passage from seed to harvest.
Since the garden’s inception, our guiding principle has been that it be organic and pesticide free. This keeps pesticides out of the neighboring marsh, providing a healthy environment for the wildlife and people that live nearby. Many gardeners donate some of their harvest to the local food bank, providing nearly 1,000 pounds of fresh, organic vegetables throughout the summer growing season.
Historic Photos of Larkspur Garden's Past
Newly framed plots yet to be planted in the early 1980's.
The original shed and compost bins, 1980s. Later the tool shed was rebuilt and compost was moved to the rear of the garden.
The young "fig tree" garden and expansion for the The front entrance, early 1990's. Notice the small orchard and new garden plots. Palm tree.
The Original 1980's front garden before expansion.
What we look like today
Our newly planted orchard in the 1990's
Former bulletin board at front gate ----- later replaced with updated garden information sign.
Picture by Marty Bautista- 2018
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