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The E. Lorene Young Community Garden

Community Experiences

Growing Community

Garden Vision:

To create an affordable garden space where people of the Leavenworth community can grow food, learn about nutrition and gardening, and develop relationships with other community members. 

About the Garden

The E. Lorene Young Community Garden welcomes new and experienced gardeners who seek a chance to share gardening space, community and green thumb wisdom.

The Garden offers 33 raised garden beds, each 8 feet long by 4 feet wide, with irrigation. Unclaimed beds are available on a first come, first serve basis. The E. Lorene Young Community Garden offers financial assistance for up to half of the garden beds, and is dedicated to donating produce from the garden to our local food bank at the Community Cupboard.

Garden History

When former Leavenworth Mayor E. Lorene Young passed away in 2007 at the age of 94, she donated her property to be managed for education and stewardship purposes as part of Barn Beach Reserve.

Lorene’s property included a lovely little red house at 250 12th Street, and a vacant lot just north of the house. Not long before her death, in a discussion with WRI’s former Executive Director, Jeff Parsons, Lorene gestured out the window and said: “There is one thing I do not want! I do not want that lot to become a parking lot. Can you promise me that?”

In tribute to Lorene, the once-vacant lot is now Leavenworth’s E. Lorene Young Community Garden. People from all walks of our community grow food here, learn about nutrition and gardening, and develop relationships with other community members.

Volunteers and Donors made it happen

In 2012, an enthusiastic group of volunteers developed a site plan with 31 raised beds, a deer fence, irrigation, and a commons area. Community volunteers put in hundreds of hours of manual labor, building the beds, dissuading the deer, and working hard to have everything ready for planting by June. The materials for these volunteers to wrestle with arrived thanks to our wonderful donors and sponsors: an extremely generous local family, a grant from the Community Foundation of NCW, and sponsorship by the Leavenworth Lions Club, Snow Creek Integrated Health, Cascade Garden Club, Joanna Dunn Open House Yoga, and Mt. Stuart Physical Therapy, along with two "10% Tuesdays" from South, a “Benevolent Beer Night” from Icicle Brewing Co., and other generosity.

If you would like to make a donation to the E. Lorene Young Community Garden, please send your check to:
ELYCG/ Wenatchee River Institute,
PO Box 2073
Leavenworth, WA 98826