South Seaward Gardens

From Weeds to Wierd and Wonderful

Within steps of a sandy beach, mom & pop shops and eateries lies a charming, funky neighborhood garden.

A couple of years ago, Chris Schertzer was tired of walking past an ugly weed farm of a vacant lot in is neighborhood called South Seaward Village. He decided to do something about it, and came up with the idea to turn it into a community garden.

He got the property owner to agree to a $1-a-year lease and his project grew into a community event. Grateful for the Nopalito Native Plant Nursery, who donated thousands of dollars worth of drought-resistant native plants and the landscape design, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Home town artists added their own flair by donating the art pieces you see speckled around South Seaward Gardens.

What was once a weed farm is now a fun, funky little place to chit chat with neighbors under the shaded gazebo and enjoy the many unique plants. Stick around long enough and Chris's name is sure to come up as the hero of South Seaward Village. No doubt, the garden is a testament to individuals doing something right to improve their community.

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