Scranton Area Community Foundation Awards Grant to The Garden of Cedar

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The Garden of Cedar in Scranton has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.  The grant proceeds will be used to assist in constructing several innovative features at the Garden including ADA accessible planting beds, a vertical planting wall to maximize crop yield, custom planting greenhouses for off-season gardening, and children’s discovery stations.  The Garden of Cedar is located at 715 Cedar Avenue in South Scranton.

The mission of The Garden of Cedar is to provide a unique functional urban community garden and discovery area that will provide healthy nourishment, education and enjoyment to a diverse culturally rich community comprised of recent immigrants and long-term neighborhood residents.  The Garden’s

signature feature will be a wandering maze pathway bounded by vegetable and fruit planting beds.  Visitors will be able to wander along a serpentine path, with stops & starts, and return safely to the point of origin.  Along the way they will be able to observe various planting techniques employed by residents of the local community.

The project is being developed by Frank Dubas, president of the Garden, a non-profit organization.  Frank resides in New Canaan, CT and Scranton, PA.  Construction is expected to commence at the site in early 2022.           

“I am extremely grateful that the Scranton Area Community Foundation has recognized the mission of the Garden by making this award to assist with several innovative and transformational features.  When complete, The Garden of Cedar will be a testament to the resilience of one of Scranton’s most diverse and deserving neighborhoods. The Garden will be like none other,” said Dubas.