LawnStarter just put out a list of the best cities for urban gardening, and Augusta made the top 10! Why wouldn’t we? We ARE “The Garden City” after all!
Wondering what “Urban Gardening” is? It refers to growing plants in an urban environment. Living in the city, there’s not a great amount of space for large gardens. Urban Gardening solves that dilemma. There are many ways to grow your own food, plants and flowers, with limited square footage!
It just takes a little creative thinking and planning. And of course, some dirt, shovel, seeds… and a little bit of a green thumb. Some people utilize old, empty parking lots. Others seek out rooftop container gardens or a vertical plant wall. Urban Gardening is a “global movement” according to LawnStarter. And while it is about growing your own food, it also cultivates community.
With Spring’s arrival, gardening of any sort is a great way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Gardening saw quite a boom during the pandemic, with so many people stuck at home. But, even in 2022, it seems there’s still a strong interest.
It has many benefits- for our health, wallets and well-being. And of course, can give you something to do when you’re bored. But it can also help you get you more engaged within the community, make new friends and possibly address food insecurity in certain populations.
April is Lawn and Garden Month, so LawnStarter did some research to find the best cities for Urban Gardening. The study looked at cities that had easy access to gardening space and supplies, an ideal climate, along with the area’s gardening community.
Georgia is apparently an Urban Gardening hot spot, and was the only state on the list with more than one city in the top 10! You’ve got Atlanta, Macon and Augusta. Savannah made the list a little further down, coming in at number 16 on the list.
The cities in Georgia all have access to private and public gardening spaces. In addition, they have many well-established gardening communities backing the urban gardening movement. In fact, Atlanta built the nation’s largest free-food forest, addressing a food insecurity issue within their population.
See the top 10 best cities for Urban Gardening below.
Not only is Georgia a leader in Urban Gardening, we also have 3 of the most charming small towns in the South.