The Perfect Storm

In the hours leading up to the Fall Fest, we toyed with cancelling the event…

As we put the finishing touches on lighted canopies and decorated tables, the whole thing started going sideways, and I mean that pretty literally.

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That’s when neighbors Allyson and Andy stepped in to offer their front porch as an alternative site! Just 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the event, we stripped the canopies and moved everything next door… and a good time was had by all. Our first annual Fall Fest and impromptu House party raised over $200 for garden activities and I’m pretty sure we greeted over 100 neighbors throughout the evening.

Special thanks to Allyson and Andy #1 (for house and cupcakes-we could not have done this without you), Sandy and Donna (my mom and sis who flew in from Virginia to help with the event), Cecilia (who baked 5 exquisite cakes and made countless other goodies), Monica and Jennifer from Midpoint Cafe for scrumptious rice krispy treats, John and Andy #2 (for setting it all up and taking it all down), Andy #3 and Chyna for letting us borrow canopies, SE Uplift for loaning us tables and chairs, Daniel for helping with clean up and a huge thanks to everyone who braved the weather to celebrate the garden with us.

The favorite garden t-shirt slogans are:

  • #1-Make peas with your neighbors
  • #2 FoPo gardeners do it in raised beds
  • #3 No rain, no gain.

“Cisterns are doin’ it for themselves” was a close 4th.

Our raffle winners have been chosen and all will be contacted this week:

  • Erica and Adrianna each get a bamboo vase
  • Margaret gets a ceramic pumpkin
  • and the ceramic platter was gone before I even saw who won it!

Don’t forget you can help support the garden by going to the Dennis 7 Dee’s craft bazaar on Saturday, November 1st from 10-3pm. Proceeds from the event production go to the Foster Powell Community Garden this year!

That’s a wrap, neighbors. Thank you.

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October 25th Festivities Update

Rain or Shine, the Fo Po Fall Fest is on for Saturday, October 25th from 4-8pm. This is a celebration of our very special neighborhood garden being 1/2 way done and fully operational!

What kind of fun are we talking about?

  • A costume contest
  • A cake walk-homemade cakes, people!
  • Raffle prizes
  • Goodies, music and games
  • Face painting
  • Pumpkin carving station: BYOP or see what we have available. We can gut and cut/paint/decorate, we can gut and you cut/paint/decorate, you can gut and cut/paint/decorate. Leave the mess at our place!

Your donations are lovely, suggested and you will have opportunities to drop dollars right back into the garden, but joining us for fun and treats is free!

How can I help out?

  • A few more pop up canopies would come in real handy. Could we borrow yours for the night?
  • Any businesses still want to donate a nice raffle prize or a delicious treat? Yes, please!
  • Have any extra pumpkins laying around? How about hay bales? We could borrow or keep them.
  • Feeling talented and love an audience? Wandering minstrels and performers are welcome!

Please contact me asap so we can make it happen:

Come out, and tell everyone you know to come as well!

See you at the garden party!

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Garden party ready!

October weekend garden love to Patty, Alex, Daniel, Cecilia, Andy and new neighbor Mateo. Big dirty kisses to Bosky Dell Natives and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) for the generous “min-grant” that allowed us to plant 89 new native plants this week.  A special big kiss to my husband John. Not only did he keep my lame ass motivated, but thanks to the fact that his mind has been in the gutter all weekend :) , our cistern is ready to collect water! Here’s a little visual progress report on our massive native planting, rain garden building, the Dennis 7 Dee’s veggie planting from last week and clean up. Be sure to join us on October 25th for the Fo Po Fall Fest and see the rest for yourself:

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I have signed off of Facebook

Hi garden lovers. I have left Facebook. Hopefully some of the 160 people who were following the garden’s page will find us here and follow this page. The garden’s Facebook page was linked to my personal page and therefore went out with the bathwater.

Update: the page is not gone. What on the internet ever is? I still have access to it but I won’t be posting to it as regularly. Follow this site for the most up to date info.

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Bosky Dell up in here!


A mini grant from The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) has provided the Foster Powell Community Garden with a $500 gift certificate to Bosky Dell Natives! Thank you both for your generosity! Bosky Dell is worth the drive just to see this super artsy place but you won’t leave without something special for your own place! Here’s Bosky Dell’s Jennifer discussing the merits of Native plants with garden committee member Daniel. We have a whole bunch of lovely new plants to get in the ground this weekend so come on down and help plant! This comes on the tail of veggies we put in last week, courtesy of Dennis 7 Dees! Friday and Saturday 10-done! There is plenty else to work on (community meeting area construction, rain garden, brick paths) all in preparation for the Fall Fest on October 25th!


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Help get ready for Fall Fest. Help us plant things!

SO…there’s still work to do, this weekend and next, volunteers are still needed just about anytime you see the open gate. Garrett could use some help with the barn raising tomorrow, for any builders out there, and we’ll be around on Sunday, too. We have raspberries to get in the ground and next weekend, Friday and Saturday, we’ll be planting natives again! Come help! This is the fun part!

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Fo Po Fall Fest is October 25th!


Please share this event as far and as wide as possible! We are celebrating Foster-Powell’s underdog transformation of an ODOT surplus lot (former gas station) into a community garden that is finally operational after a 3 year effort! This is a very special garden so let’s make a big deal of it! Located at the corner of 62nd and Powell Blvd. across the street from Dennis’ 7 Dees. See the attached flier for information. There will be fun for the whole family!

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