The Guardian of the Garden – Garland Community Garden –October 6, 2016  (to be replaced with a turkey after Halloween and Santa after that)

According to the first definition of “Monster” as provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a monster is “a strange or horrible imaginary creature.”

Imaginary is the part of that definition Loving Garland Green is focusing on as we invite people in our community to join us in using their imaginations to create creatures that never before, nor likely never again, will exist.  To sweeten the pot and we are hoping, to increase participation, we will offer $100 to the most imaginative monster brought down to the garden on October 29.


Our first Monsters Bash at the Garland Community Garden will be held on October 29 from 1 to 3 PM in the garden which is located at 4055 Naaman School Road – Garland 75040.  If it rains we will reschedule the event for Sunday October 30 at the same time, same place.

The main purpose of this event—after having fun—is to help our organization in building a scholarship fund for a Garland high school senior who plans to continue studying horticulture at an institution of higher learning after graduation. [More information on the scholarship will be released to the public in January of 2017.]

We are inviting people to participate by creating a monster and bringing it with them to the garden between 12:00 and 1:00 on Saturday, October 29.  The event itself will officially be from 1 to 3 PM.  Other events will be featured such as planting a wildflower hill and digging up sweet potatoes and peanuts, and tours of the Garland Community garden.  All visitors will receive wildflower seed packets and instructions for building a hugelkultur (a water efficient garden plot). We will also be passing out information regarding the importance of recycling your leaves.  Children and adults are invited to come in costume.

Judging will take place at 2:30 and the award of the $100 prize at 3PM.  The committee for judging will be the Loving Garland Green Board of Directors (No member nor relative of any member of Loving Garland Green may participate in the competition for the prize; however, all are welcome to bring a monster.)  We are hoping to have the front part of the garden crowded with monsters.

Organizations and business may also build monsters to bring to the garden—however those in this category will not be eligible for the $100 prize, which is limited to individuals.  Your reward will be the opportunity to advertise your business at a fun community event.

We suggest that each individual who is entering a monster to participate in the competition to donate $5 toward the Loving Garland Green Scholarship Fund.

Visitors who care to may also make donations to the Loving Garland Green scholarship fund.  We will have a scholarship donation jar.  Our members will be wearing name-tags and you may also give your donation to one of them.



The Garland Community Garden is located at 4055 Naaman School Road – Garland Texas 75040.  If you can, bring a bag of leaves to help us kick off our November Leaf Gathering Bonanza.


1. Monsters should be made from recycled materials.

2. Special preference will be given to monsters created from plant matter (such as spent vines and produce) that can be thrown in one of our compost bins after Halloween.

3. Monsters are to be delivered between 12:00 and 1:00 October 29—an hour before the event begins.

4. You may leave your monster at the garden or take it home with you.  If left, members of Loving Garland Green will dismantle and recycle it after Halloween.

5. One prize of $100 will be given to one entry only.

Businesses who wish to donate give away items to this community event or to donate to the Loving Garland Green scholarship fund are invited to call 972-571-4497.

For more photos of the monster, visit our Facebook Page:

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