MORRISTOWN, NJ. The latest buzz around the hot topics of food and health centers on the growing number of community gardens across the country. Community gardens foster civic engagement, offer support to local food pantries, enhance quality of life for their participants, and greatly reduce their carbon footprint.

Discover ten community gardens throughout Morris County during Open Gates Weekend on July 15 and July 16. The ten gardens throughout Morris County  will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and include the Morris County Park Commission Community Garden (80 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown), Interfaith Food Pantry Garden (2 Executive Drive Morris Plains), Early Street Community Garden (17 Early Street Morristown), Morris Township Ted Largman Community Garden at ValleVue Preserve (29 Picatinny Road, Morris Township), Madison Community Garden (184 Ridgedale Avenue Madison), Washington Township Community Garden (169 Bartley Road, Long Valley), The Community Garden at South Branch Preserve (Routh 46 and Wolfe Road), Roxbury Community Garden (281 Eyland Ave Succasunna), Pequannock Township Community Garden (Farm Road at Rocklege Terrance Pequannock) and the Florham Park Community Garden (37 Elm Street Florham Park)

This event showcases the beauty and diversity of Morris County’s Community Gardens, and highlights the people, plants, and planting techniques that make these gardens thrive. The connection to local food pantries is another important feature at Morris County Community Gardens.  Admission is free so come and enjoy scenic garden tours, delicious food tastings, and explore what’s growing. 

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“Each garden has found a unique way to help address the issues of food security here in Morris County," said Cynthia Triolo, Morris County Park Commission’s Community Garden Manager. “Garden tours, food tastings, and garden related demonstrations will all be offered at the various Community Gardens.”

For more a map of Open Gates Community Gardens, visit arboretumfriends.org.