Our community garden is located in Northwest Houston on Alba Street between Sue Barnett and Chamboard.
The garden is a joint project of Garden Oaks and Shepherd Park Plaza and was started by former Garden Oaks resident Jan Koenig. Now delivering a “bumper crop” of tomatoes to local Food Pantries for the poor.
When Jan Koenig moved from the area, Beth Galiano, Harris County Master Gardener, took over the duties of managing the garden, with the help of Bob Gabrych. Galiano has managed the garden for more than twenty years and is assisted by: Jeanette and Chuck Blesener, Vicki and Terry Brandt, Annette Dober, Debbie and Tim Elliott, Kim Ellis, Rodney Merriwether, Caroline Stender and John Tellier.
The garden supplies organically grown fresh vegetables to needy families, free of charge, through local food pantries. Ed and Brenda De Alba (Garden Oaks), and Beth Galiano (Shepherd Park Plaza) donate operating expenses for the garden. Koenig started the garden with the help of Dr. Bob Randall of Urban Harvest in the late 1980s.
The property, owned by the City of Houston, was once part of a local water district. Spring crops are: corn, tomatoes, beans, squash, and melons. Winter crops are: lettuce, greens, peas, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli.