Plant-A-Promise Community Garden

Adopted by Ellen and Clark Sole


The Plant-A –Promise Community Garden was established in 1999. Marianne Lawrence attended a Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority meeting, and she happened to pick up a flier about the Civic Garden Center’s Community Gardens Program. She took the information back to her office and began to dream.

In March of that year the Civic Garden Center helped make her dream come true by establishing the Plant-A-Promise Community Garden.  This garden is located in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati.  It is a perfect example of how a community garden should work. The Civic Garden Center was instrumental in helping the residents design and build their garden, but the group of neighborhood residents took it from there.

The garden serves the community of the Arts Apartments located near Music Hall, what was then called Ezzard Charles Apartments. Although the garden was inactive for a few years it has seen renewed interest. Last year some of the produce went to a fall harvest event including pumpkin decorating for the next generation of gardeners. This year they have begun exploring a rain water harvesting project as well as plans on recruiting more members into the garden.