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Myrtle Beach opening Garden of Hope

A Garden of Hope community garden will have its ribbon cutting on Wednesday. Myrtle Beach residents can pay $25 annually to use one of the garden’s 18 planting beds.
A Garden of Hope community garden will have its ribbon cutting on Wednesday. Myrtle Beach residents can pay $25 annually to use one of the garden’s 18 planting beds. Courtesy city of Myrtle Beach

Residents of the Booker T. Washington neighborhood and surrounding Myrtle Beach have begun planting in the community’s Garden of Hope.

The community garden has been in the works for about five years and will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“It’s something we’ve tried to get off the ground – or in the ground – for a while now,” city spokesman Mark Kruea said.

There are 16 planting beds and an additional two raised planting beds to provide easy access for those in wheelchairs, said Kruea. City residents can pay $25 to use the planting bed for one year. All but one of the beds had been claimed by community members as of Monday.

Community members have used the beds to plant some flowers but mostly vegetables.

“From the expected to the unexpected,” Kruea said. “You wouldn’t expect corn to do well over there but it looks pretty good.”

The city is sponsoring the garden, providing a water spigot, as well as the family that owns the land where the former Patio Casino Restaurant stood on the land between Dunbar Street and Carver Street.

Kruea said there is room on the land for the garden to expand if necessary.

“It’s been well-received by the community,” he said.

The ribbon-cutting will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the garden, located at 1402 Dunbar St.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or on Twitter @TSN_mprabhu

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