It is still in its first year but it is already in full bloom: The Lone Tree Community Garden on Lone Tree Elementary Campus directly between RidgeGate and Heritage Hills neighborhoods. The project, which was estimated to cost about $31,000 found many supporters in the community. Bellco Credit Union, the University of Colorado Health’s Lone Tree Health Center and the local Safeway all donated $5,000 each. The local Home Depot supported the project with garden material worth $10,000. The City of Lone Tree contributed $6,000. And of course many committed volunteers and local business chipped in with donations and endless hours of work.

Initiated be the nonprofit Denver Urban Gardens and Douglas County Schools, the garden planners could not be happier. Not only are all 55 slots already taken (slot dues are $35), but the former weed filled plot on the east side of the school property on 9475 Heritage Hills Circle now serves as an educational site for school children to learn about gardening.