The giving garden
In 2013 we started “The Giving Garden” at the Massad Family YMCA with a grant from The CarMax
Foundation. The garden was 30 ft. x 30 ft., wheelchair accessible, with raised beds and a garden shed. In
2014 we began a garden expansion to increase the size to 60 ft. x 60 ft., added additional raised beds,
fencing and a small greenhouse, thanks to money donations from NextCare, discounts from Lowe’s, and
donated time from Eagle Scout Troop 1410. In 2015 we will be completing our expansion project by
adding more raised beds and trees as well as adding a “Sensory Garden” area inside “The Giving Garden”.
It will be in raised beds with: bright colored items and interesting shaped plants to look at, different
textured plants to feel, plants and garden objects that make sound, have various plants with a scent and
plants to taste. Also in 2015, a second garden was added to our Ron Rosner Family YMCA and is named
“The Learning Garden”.
The Giving Garden has been a big success. Our garden has promoted healthy eating and access to
nutritious, organic foods while learning gardening skills and the stages of growing produce from seed to
feed and back again in our youth and special needs programs. The financial assistance families in our
youth programs are able to eat healthy produce from our garden. We also have been learning about giving
by donating healthy produce to The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Hazel Hill and Stafford Junction
throughout the growing season. On Fridays, during the growing season from 10-1, we offer a “Free
Produce” table in the main lobby of the Massad Family YMCA.
Sensory Garden Info