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Silvana’s Gardens gearing up for summer

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Silverthorne, Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

SILVERTHORNE ” With warm weather right around the corner, Silvana’s Community Gardens is gearing up for growing season with the help of local businesses.

According to Maggie Butler, the fundraising chairwoman, the garden committee received $9,500 this year to date. The most recent donation ” $1,000 ” came from First Bank.

“We still need about $5,500 in cash donations,” Butler said.

Earth-moving work for the garden site starts next week, depending on weather. Sod removal and light grading will start, and the committee plans to install a new irrigation system for the berms. Pipes will also be laid for a few self-service water spickets.

More than 30 people showed up to help cut and prep raised garden beds at the April 7 work day at Vista Automotive, Butler said.

Volunteers broke ground at the site March 18, taking the first step toward creating an oasis for veggie lovers. The garden’s land, located just south of the Silverthorne Recreation Center, was donated by the town. Volunteers will run the community garden, and locals will be able to rent plots for growing season. It will be restricted to vegetables, and water will be available for the plants.

Named for Silvana del Piccolo ” the much-admired late wife of former Silverthorne Mayor Lou del Piccolo ” the garden will promote both community togetherness and honor the memory of a woman who loved to garden and valued community involvement. The goal of the garden is to integrate education, creativity and community cooperation.

The first class for Silvana’s is scheduled for April 29 ” “What Edibles Can Grow in Summit County and How to Choose Your Seeds.”

Instructor Kim Desmoineaux, a master gardener, will teach students about edible crops growing in high altitude and confined-area gardening.

It’s set for 7-8:15 p.m. in the Silverthorne Library Blue River Meeting Room.

“You don’t have to have a garden plot at Silvana’s to learn how to grow up in the High Country,” said Joanna Rybak, the garden-education chairwoman.

To aid amateur gardeners, the community garden board plans to hold on-site classes for locals during the spring and summer, focused on edible crops. Spanish classes will be offered. A free summer program for kids ” in English and Spanish ” will be held once a week over July and August.

The suggested donation for the class is $5. All proceeds go to support Silvana’s Community Gardens.

Call or e-mail Rybak to register at (970) 668-2077 or

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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