Urban Gardening Stops Traffic and Warms Hearts

Beans and bricks at Tiri's Garden
Beans and bricks at Tiri’s Garden

This is Tiri’s Garden and one of my first ventures back into the gardening community after working in the corporate world for some time. Right smack dab in the middle of downtown Denver, Colorado, Tiri’s was built on an empty slab where a building was torn down and a new building was not yet in the works. We volunteers from Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) work together with youth from Urban Peak shelter growing fruits, veggies and flowers to benefit the shelter.


The light rail runs along one side of the garden on California Street. The Hyatt Regency Denver faces the intersection at 15th Street and hotel guests watch us from their luxury suites. There’s not a day that goes by when our business neighbors and convention center visitors step into the garden and, stunned, ask what’s this all about?

 It’s about community. It’s about local food. It’s about beans and bricks, and lettuce and love. It’s about one of those things that gives more than it takes: a garden.

The Tiri’s Garden Farmer’s Market will open July 12! Stop by on Wednesdays for food, music and a tour of the garden.


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