Mayor Bogaard, Councilman Madison Dig Dirt at Community Gardens Groundbreaking

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison are scheduled to be among the first to help dig the dirt that officially opens the public gardens

Published : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | 5:15 PM

The public is invited to join Pasadena city officials at the new Pasadena Community Gardens for the special groundbreaking event at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9 for the City’s first public community garden site with individual plots for growing fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison are scheduled to be among the first to help dig the dirt that officially opens the public gardens at 721 Pasadena Ave., between Bellefontaine Street and California Boulevard, on the historic ranch site of former California Gov. Henry Harrison Markham.

They will be joined by Pasadena Community Gardens Co-Chairs Cathy Morrison and Jody Hudson, along with representatives from the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, Pasadena & Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Caltrans.Live music and refreshments will be available until noon.

The groundbreaking ceremony will help kick off a fundraising campaign needed to complete the garden project, garden officials said.

The Pasadena Community Gardens is helping to provide an eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable location for residents to grow and enjoy local fruits, herbs, flowers and vegetables.On-site programs to teach gardening techniques and environmental conservation are also planned as part of the new gardens.

For more information about the new non-profit Pasadena Community Gardens, go to www.PasadenaCommunityGardens.org or email info@PasadenaCommunityGardens.org.

For more information about the City of Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net.