OGDEN -- It's been five years since the Junior League of Ogden started clearing out a jungle of trees, weeds and asphalt just north of Madison Elementary School.
Since that time, a sophisticated sprinkling system and 13 lights have been installed, as well as topsoil, grass, benches, two sheds and a pathway.
The name of the site is Oasis Community Garden, and it's for the enjoyment of the community. An open house was held recently to celebrate the progress of the garden.
"It's really turning out to be beautiful," said committee Chairwoman Brenda Kees. "We've had a lot of residents in the area comment about it. They are very excited."
The garden is the creation of the Junior League of Ogden, Kees said.
"We were looking for a project. Something we could do to help the community and build social interaction while helping women and children," said Kees. "With a community garden, it gets people out among each other and gets them involved in growing nutritious food."
Plots will be available next spring for those who want to start working on vegetables. Fruit trees will also be planted in the garden, as well as strawberry patches, herbs, sunflowers and grapes.
"We are really hoping that the garden will bring energy to the neighborhood and strength to the community," Kees said. "We hope everyone will participate and not just those who live around the area."
Kees said the League also hopes to educate children by bringing them down to the garden to talk about fruits and vegetables.
"We hope that by involving them, they will be excited to try a new fruit or vegetable, especially if they helped plant and maintain it," she said. "I had one little boy come over and ask me when we were going to put in the playground equipment. I said, 'It's already here.' After I explained it to him, he was excited about it."
Money obtained from a recreation, arts, museums and parks grant, as well as donations and fundraisers, has helped pay for the garden, Kees said. Between 30 and 40 plots will be available for individuals and groups to care for, for a small fee.
To get involved, call the Junior League of Ogden at (801) 393-2540. If you have a Facebook account, you can follow the Oasis Community Garden on www.facebook.com.