Letter: Great gardeners
August 8, 2016
We'd like to extend a big thank-you and lots of appreciation to those gardeners, homeowners and businesses that competed in the first-ever Aspen Area Vegetable Garden Tour and Competition!
Aspen's gardeners entered their veggies to compete, and many walked away with prizes for their work. The winning gardens were featured on the Vegetable Garden Tour that occurred Friday. Despite the occasional rain, 40 or so interested residents and visitors joined the walking tour and were treated to glimpses of creativity and beauty in hidden places throughout our community. The competition and tour was hosted by the city of Aspen, Pitkin County, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Edible Aspen. We hoped that some friendly and fun competition would inspire Aspenites to incorporate more food into the landscaping. It worked, and we can confidently say that eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, artichokes and many other foods can flourish in our climate. So much was learned, all were inspired, and a lot of fun was had!
Sincere thanks to all the gardeners who participated (Jennifer Tindall, Christy Mahon, Lisha Peterson, Nathan and Tara Nelson, Neil Bennett (best overall garden winner), Ray McNutt, Marty Ames and Tim Mooney) and these businesses: Hops Culture, Shadow Mountain Lodge, The Kitchen (best edible design), Grey Lady (best centerpiece garden), Little Nell, the Engineering Department (best garden at work) and the city of Aspen Parks Department.
You can find pictures of these gardens in the next issue of Edible Aspen magazine or more information about this effort at http://www.aspenareagardentour.com.