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Juniper-Front Community Garden
Front Street, between Ivy and Juniper, Banker's Hill
619-276-9224

There are several neighborhoods in the downtown area that offer plots of land in community gardens. Among these, the Juniper-Front Community Garden in Banker's Hill is a standout. Established in 1981, the garden grows to exquisite height and breadth within a fenced-off parcel of land that bulges with flowers, old fruit trees, and vegetables. The quarter block is divided into roughly 60 10- by 12-foot plots that are laid out along trails of bark and stone. The waiting list is long, and unkempt plots are not tolerated. There is a yearly fee for these garden plots, about $60, which is used toward rent (the Port Authority owns the land), water, and general upkeep of the outlying yards. Though the garden is not open to the public, it's easy to admire from the fence. And if one looks longingly, invitations to stroll inside are not uncommon. Periodic "open gardens" are held -- allowing the public to roam and sniff.

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