About Us

Sustainable+Ardmore is a community-funded, 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to enrich the community through hands-on gardening.

Through our bi-monthly work days and ongoing projects at the Ardmore Gateway Garden, we’re exploring the many ways that neighbors can come together to create pollinator-friendly green space and learn about gardening.

Your donation will help us keep growing!

Our Story

The original garden, prior to demolition of structures in 2017.

In July, 2012, Sustainable+Ardmore partnered with the Ardmore Neighborhood Association and Wake Forest Baptist Health to create a garden on three former residential lots at 426 S Hawthorne Road. In the beginning, we cleared brush and rubble, constructed raised rental beds and installed a water line and compost bays. Over the next few years, we add an information kiosk and a Little Library. Our most recent project was constructing a grape arbor along the front of the property, raised in the memory of one of our founding board members, Kevin Brown, who passed away in 2014.

The garden in late summer 2017.

In early 2017, the hospital demolished the property’s existing structures and leveled the lots. This eliminated some of our original work, including a beautiful pollinator garden we’d built toward the back of the lots.

Through the generosity of donors, we’ve been able to replace our toolshed, re-establish our garden beds, and embark on a new adventure. It’s our hope that 2018 will see us bringing back the pollinator garden and adding many other native plantings, creating additional havens for bees, birds and butterflies in our urban landscape.

The garden is guided by Sustainable+Ardmore and its board of dedicated gardeners. Each year, we offer rental plots to the community – those interested can apply by completing this application. In addition, we’re always happy to accept donations, which are used to pay our bills, buy seeds, plants and tools, and fund projects like the pollinator garden mentioned above.

Ready to get involved? Apply for a garden plot or drop by one of our bi-monthly workdays, held the second and fourth Saturday of the month between March and November.

Want to know more? Feel free to contact us at [email protected].