Special Events

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens Housewarming Party

When: Fri., Dec. 16, 5-7 p.m. 2016

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens does a lot for this town, and it does a lot that flies under the radar. Most folks know about the Harlan Wolfe Ranch demonstration garden and the many community gardens PPUG has started, but few know how involved they are in helping churches and schools start their own gardening spaces, or how dedicated they are to supporting gardening education through classes and outreach.

But PPUG is going through some changes this year. It began as a project of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, but PPUG now is striking out on its own as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, a change that brings about both challenges — such as independently raising funds previously provided through PPCF — and opportunities.

One such opportunity came in the form of the new Colorado Springs Center forSustainability, city-owned office space at 702 E. Boulder St., which the city now leases to sustainability-focused nonprofits. PPUG shares the old Victorian-style house with the Trails and Open Space Coalition and Colorado Springs Food Rescue, among others.

Today, they're hosting an open house (specifically for PPUG; the Center for Sustainability itself will have an open house sometime in the spring) so the community can check out the gardening library, educational videos, gardening resources and 3D models while enjoying some refreshments and socialization. The event will take place in conjunction with PPUG's Give! Campaign.

Thanks to Ryan Trujillo, director of sustainability for the city of Colorado Springs, 702 and the property next door will become the seat of local collaboration in terms of sustainability and green living.

PPUG Director Larry Stebbins says it's invaluable to share a space with like-minded nonprofits, as collaboration is already taking root. They're talking about a biking tour of community gardens with TOSC, and a way for schools with gardens to donate their leftover produce to CSFR. "These are the kind of partnerships that are developing," Stebbins says, "just by being in the same building."

If you can't attend tonight's open house, consider stopping by sometime on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Visitors will get a free packet of seeds and the use of PPUG's extensive resources. It's never too early to start planning next year's garden!

5-7 p.m., 702 E. Boulder St., free, ppugardens.org.

Price: Free

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