Monday, June 4, 2012

Garden On Deck: The Giving Garden at Scottsdale Civic Center

Artichokes with fountain

The first time I noticed the Giving Garden at the Scottsdale Civic Center, it was with my nose. Cruising past on a hot day, its deep and delicious fragrance reached out and grabbed me, such that I slammed on my brakes and spun around to take a closer look at what could possibly smell so good.

Of fresh organic food, grown in a public garden, I Singh!

Scottsdale's deck park is a beautiful place with art, fountains, and a garden. PHX went a different direction....

The Giving Garden smells like something I want to jump into with a knife, fork, spritzer of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a salt/pepper shaker, and a big appetite. It smells like, I don't even really know, a herbaceous, fennel, green leafy alive salad bowl from heaven or something. From clicking around the webz, it seems to be planted and maintained by Singh Farms, with the produce produced going to either the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, or donated, depending on time of year. 

And look at that soil. I think I could grow in that stuff.
The Robert Indiana LOVE statue overlooks the garden, which is more or less perfect

A people-sized park, with art, and an excellent library, and good restaurants nearby. With this Giving Garden right in the middle. That smells like a celestial salad. Sweet. 


  1. Wow...That is one very impressive garden...I love it...!!!


  2. It also LOOKS like a salad, albeit a fragrant one.

  3. It's definitely pretty there.

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  5. In all my visits to the Scottsdale Civic Center, I've never noticed a vegetable garden. I'll have to take a look next time I'm there.


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