Last summer, Pierce Rafferty and I tried to find old photographs of gardens on Fishers Island, some of which we remember from our childhood. There are photographs of the farms on the Island, but not of orchards or flowers, except for very few old postcards. We thought it would be good to start a file on the subject for the Museum. We ask that you look at your old summer photographs to see if you have any pictures of the Fishers Island gardens.
Gardens will often be seen in the background of a family photograph. In addition, we would like to collect beautiful photos of current gardens that could disappear over the years. Images of them serve not only as a memory of the past, but can also be an inspiration for the future. You can digitize a photo by taking a picture of it with your cell phone. Send these garden photos to Pierce at [email protected] and email Fishers Island Gardens.
One Island Garden that has been highly visible and successful this summer is the new Fishers Island Community Garden. It is located on the property of Fishers Island Farms-LLC next to the American Legion. The sign on the front fence beautifully describes the purpose of the garden in the community.
“The garden is here to provide space for people to grow healthy produce; to share knowledge and love of the outdoors, to come together and enjoy the benefits of nature. The garden is also meant to serve as a refuge and a place of provision for anyone in need.”
Another paragraph on the poster reads.,
“Produce from the community growing spaces in the garden will be freely available to the public as they mature. Please do not pick up anything in the garden without prior authorization. The available products will be located in clearly identified containers in the back of the garden near the cistern”.
The raised bed planters that were built last year are now overflowing with vegetables, herbs, and flowers! There are sixteen Fishers Islanders who have personal planters. In addition, there are five to eight community planters, which are maintained by eight volunteers who grow products for the community. The water for the garden is stored in a large cistern in the back, which the Fishers Island Fire Department generously fills every two weeks when they have to empty the water tanks in their trucks.
In addition to these volunteers, the rest of the island community are encouraged to bring any additional produce from their own gardens to share. Herbs and vegetables can be placed in the containers clearly marked ‘Giving away’ at the rear of the garden next to the water cistern and you are asked not to pick anything from the beds yourself.
It is wonderful that this addition to the island has been so successful this summer. And I am sure that delicious healthy meals will be produced from your generosity! During Columbus Day weekend, October 8, there will be a
Party “Night in the garden” October 8, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the first year of The Community Garden.
The evening will raise funds for programs taking place in the garden next summer. Tickets for this event will be on sale very soon. Congratulations to all the volunteers who have made the garden a success this summer!
And finally, here’s a quick August gardening reminder…
Give all your containers and potted plants a feeding of fish emulsion plant food this month to give them a boost and continue to water them well through the rest of the summer.
Continue dead plants to keep them blooming into fall and cut back on any faded growth. Gardening August 2022
Weed the flower beds so that the seeds do not penetrate the soil and germinate for the following year.
And plant new perennials after August 15 to help them get established before the ground freezes in November.