New plots available at Community Garden

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February has been a busy month for the members of the Terrell Heights Community Garden.  Over three weekends, Garden members donated their time, tools and sweat to complete construction of the new communal plot in the garden as well as begin construction on the new compost bins.


Rick Schell and Jennifer Herriot move soil to the new communal bed.

On February 1st, materials were brought to Larchmont island and the clean up and prep work began for the area of the new bed.

Neighbors throughout Terrell Heights helped move soil, pull grass, and set the timbers.  At least four tarps were moved, the soil underneath cleaned and then moved into the new communal plot area.


Steve Temple oversees and instructs the next generation of gardeners.

On February 8th, Garden members constructed the large communal bed.  The plot is constructed from recycled pressure treated wood from the Seidel island brought over the previous weekend using a plan created by Leslie Howe and Allison Levine.  It measures approximately 12 feet by 12 feet and will be used by and for any member of the garden who wishes to grow something.


Fred Vinson, Virginia McMunn and Steve Temple building the bed (with litter helpers).

As you can see, the kids were excited to get their hands dirty to make this plot a reality.

The areas surrounding the new communal plot were also cleaned up.  Boards, stones and tarps were moved in preparation of the new limestone patio and staging area being built (planned for later in march).


Everyone working hard.

On February 22nd, construction began on the Garden’s compost bins.  They’ve been constructed under the direction of Leslie Province.  These bins will be used to collect organic materials, which will then be composted and put back into the garden’s soil.

“Many thanks to Judy Temple,” said Leslie, “who helped me get the materials, to my neighbors Kay Kimbell, who helped me cut most of the wood, and Billy Gollihar, who helped with assembly, and to everyone who consulted and offered help.”

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March is already shaping up to be just as busy for the Garden members.  The completion of the limestone path is being scheduled, and the Terrell Heights Community Garden is slated to vote on an opportunity to participate in a charrette with the Freedom by Design Chapter of UTSA School of Architecture, who have expressed an interest in working with garden members to develop several design-build projects for the garden.

Not to mention spring planting!

If you are interested in more information about the Terrell Heights Community Garden, or would like information about sharing a growing space with your neighbors, please contact Judy Temple.

Volunteers ready Scates Park for annual picnic

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It was unseasonably cool on the morning of Saturday, April 5th . . . perfect for a little yard work. Even better for Friends of Scates Park to do some weeding, mulching, and raking of leaves to get the park ready for the Annual Picnic on Saturday, April 12th.

The City provided 17 bags of mulch and work gloves for the volunteers. Art Ordoqui organized the effort and coordinated with volunteers. The work was scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., but some folks worked at least an extra couple of hours!

We have Art Ordoqui to thank for Friends of Scates Park. Friends of Parks is an Adopt-A-Park Program through the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department. Art found out about the program, researched it, presented a proposal to the THNA Board for creating Friends of Scates Park, and submitted an application to Parks & Rec. The program is an opportunity for Terrell Heights residents to be hands-on members of the team that keeps Scates Park in top condition. A program of this kind is increasingly important in times of scarce resources. The contribution of residents’ time and effort will ensure that Scates Park remains among the most beautiful in the City.

Miles of thanks to each and every volunteer who showed up and helped with the effort:

Art  & Daniel, Michelle,  Nate,  & Ally, Amy & Chris, Ruth Ann, Mark  & Ann, Jamie & Ray, John, and Judy & Kay.

Click here to view the photos on Facebook.

BBQ, Blues and Botany event announced

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Friends and Neighbors, You are invited to enjoy delicious BBQ; listen to terrific blues and jazz bands; and sing along with renowned children’s singer, Owen Duggan at the Terrell Heights Community Garden BBQ, Blues and Botany fundraiser.

Hosted by the Terrell Heights Community Garden, this event will directly support the Green Spaces Alliance’s Community Gardens Program and cash proceeds will be matched $1 to $1 by the local Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.  Mark your calendars. Don’t miss this “rockin” event.

BBQ plate, dessert, and drinks: $15 adults – $7.50 children – $35 family of 4
Please purchase tickets online through the Green Space Alliance website at:  (link opens a new window/tab).

Bring your own chair/blanket, as this event is picnic style.  Don’t miss a minute because TH Community Garden will be raffling off several prizes throughout the night to raise funds for the Garden.

WANT TO HELP?   Here’s what we still need:

Donated Dessert Items
Volunteers to help set up tables and chairs
Raffle Basket items – proceeds go to the Terrell Heights Community Garden
Artists – to paint a children’s sand table (a raffle item)
Volunteers to help distribute flyers and signs for the event
Benches and pop-up tents to use during the event.

Thank you for supporting our community garden.   To volunteer, contact:  Judy Temple at

BBQ, Blues and Botany event flier is attached here for additional information

BBQ, Blues and Botany fundraiser for Community Garden

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May 18, the Terrell Heights Community Garden hosted a fundraiser for Green Space Alliance.  The event was called BBQ, Blues and Botany.

The BBQ plates and raffle raised $1500 for Green Spaces Alliance, which when matched $1 to $1 from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation turned into $3,000 for the Community Gardens Program.


What awesome musicians who gave of their time and talent during this event. Children’s singer/songwriter, Owen Duggan and members of the Metallic Blues Band are residents of Terrell Heights. The Texas Thorns and Steve Sellers & Don Hymel have played all over San Antonio. Suzanna Brown told wonderful stories and kept the musicians on schedule.