2014 Spring Cleanup and Lottery

Our annual Spring Cleanup and Garden lottery will be on Saturday, April 5th.    We have moved cleanup to early in April this year to give new gardeners time to start their growing season, and to get the garden looking good as soon as the weather allows.

Spring Cleanup

Our Spring cleanup is out 'opening day' for the garden, and a way to get the garden looking good for the new year.   At the cleanup we will have a dumpster available for people to clean out larger debris from their garden.  A reminder to gardeners that this year we will continue our effort to have gardeners keep their plots free of excess materials and supplies that they do not use during the growing season.  At Spring Cleanup we clean up any winter trash that has accumulated, cleanup leaves and other winter debris, help new gardeners clean out their spots as needed, and take of any maintenance that we can while we have many hands available.  Lunchtime brings a garden pot luck and general meeting of all gardeners.  In the afternoon we finish up any garden-wide projects, and gardeners begin to lean out their own plots.


Spring Cleanup is also our day when our neighbors have the opportunity to join us in our annual Garden Lottery.   Open plots are given out in a lottery system where everyone has an equal chance of joining the garden community.  Since being a part of Berkeley means being a part of our community as well as a gardener, we ask that all applicants live in the South End/Bay Village (gardeners living farther away tend to have trouble coming to the garden regularly, and all have dropped out after their first year)

At 8:30 sign-in begins.  This allows you to read and fill in the necessary paperwork and become familiar with the garden.  At 9am the lottery drawing begins.   If you win a garden on lottery day, you will be expected to remain with the garden for the day to help cleanup and meet all of your new garden neighbors.  You must be present to enter the lottery.

We ask everyone read
How to Join the Garden for additional information on the process and becoming a member of our community.   If you have any questions on the lottery please contact lottery@berkeleygardens.org