Inverness, Florida to build on success of city garden


The Inverness City Garden has proven popular and now a motivation for a second city community garden. Matthew Beck

“(The community garden) is also a statement from the city: This is a place to learn, live and thrive and not just a place to die on the vine,” he said.

By Fred Hiers
Citrus County Chronicle
Apr 16, 2019


Just one year after opening the 24-bed city garden on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and East Dampier Street, Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said the city is considering a second garden on Forest Drive, just west of Whispering Pines Park.

DiGiovanni expects the second city garden will be significantly larger than the garden on Dampier Street and cover about half an acre. He predicts this community garden will cost about $200,000, about the same as the first garden.

DiGiovanni said he sees a growing interest in family-oriented sports such as bicycling and community gardening.

“You have to look at what’s our best return for the community,” DiGiovanni said.

Meanwhile, Inverness Councilman Cabat McBride said a second community garden would get strong council interest.

“I think it’s something that would have large support,” McBride said.

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