December 4, 2022

Julie Heath needs me to get just one issue straight when we meet up with for an interview at the Highland Community Yard off North York Street in west Gastonia.

“This location is more than a backyard,” she claims. “Way significantly much more than a garden. It can be about interactions. It’s about group. It really is about artwork. It can be about pleasure. It is really about being a aspect of a thing special.”

The morning we satisfy is definitely best for speaking about a community yard — April at its very best with crystal blue skies, a dazzlingly radiant solar, the promise of spring viewed in every single blooming flower, each greening leaf.

Julie is distinctive jobs coordinator with the city’s Keep Gastonia Wonderful exertion and the Highland Neighborhood Yard falls underneath her tasks. The yard has been in place due to the fact 2013 but just about every yr it keeps shifting and growing.

Julie Heath works in the Highland Community Garden on North York Street in Gastonia Tuesday morning, April 19, 2022.

For 2022, 31 back garden beds are in spot on the corner good deal which offers a commanding see of the Gaston County Jail, Courthouse, and Health and Human Products and services constructing to the south.

“This yard is all about partnerships,” she proceeds. “I see it as an chance to bring alongside one another church buildings, schools, neighborhood businesses. It really is a area for environmental education and learning and a put to make friendships.”

What sets the actual physical layout of the yard aside from other community gardens is its incorporation of artwork and of recycled “objects” into valuable merchandise.

Situation in stage?

Julie Heath works in the Highland Community Garden on North York Street in Gastonia Tuesday morning, April 19, 2022.

An aged Gaston Gazette paper box which serves as a handy storage spot for the assortment of communal gardening applications.

Julie, who scouts trash bins, roadsides, and the piles at the city curbs for the duration of Excess House Trash Week, suggests, “When folks no for a longer time want an merchandise, we glance at it in a creative mild. We say, ‘How can we use that in the back garden as a planter or a piece of art?”’