The barbecue scheduled for this coming Sunday at the Midtown Community Garden at Drew and Baldwin has been canceled, along with all attendant fruit and vegetable growth. On account of: The property’s been sold. Harvest time will have to be quick: A for-sale sign quietly appeared early last month outside the 13,000-sq.-ft. green space, which had been operating as an allotment garden for 3 years. “Just as quickly,” a source tells Swamplot, a SOLD placard was slapped on it. The listing, with an asking price set at $799K, described the property tersely as an “amazing opportunity.” A buyer has now claimed it.
How much notice would the new owner give the gardeners? Late yesterday afternoon, members of the gardening collective received an abrupt email from the organization’s president announcing that — by request of the new owner — everyone will need to get out, by the scheduled closing date. That’s tomorrow, March 6th.
“If there is anything you would like to remove please do so immediately,” the email reads. “I am sorry for the short notice this all went very quickly.”
The garden at 2720 Baldwin St. was begun in 2010, after neighbors Scott Harbers and Rick Ackers approached the owner of the then-overgrown vacant lot with a proposal: They’d clean up the land if they could set up a garden there. 25 lots measuring 20 ft. by 4 ft. were set up inside the perimeter of a picket fence; members paid an annual fee, while latecomers sat on a waiting list. The space also included a picnic area.
- 2720 Baldwin St. [HAR]
- A patch of gardening paradise in the city [Houston Chronicle]
- Houston’s Allotment Garden ~ Midtown Community Garden [Lucy’s in the Garden]
- Midtown Community Garden [Facebook]
Photos: Swamplot inbox