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One unexpected delight of home-buying here is discovering gorgeous backyard gardens. The Westport Historical Society even sponsors special “Hidden Gardens” tours. (They always sell out!)
But another type of garden is hidden in plain sight. Community gardens — town-owned, group-run and wildly popular — have sprouted all over Fairfield County.
Westport’s Community Garden is one of the largest. Located on Hyde Lane next to Long Lots School, it boasts more than 100 plots on an acre of land. Any Westport resident or town employee can grow vegetables, herbs and flowers there. They all share tools, tips (and bounty).
It’s a community effort involving more than gardeners. The town offers guidance and manpower. Local firms and farms donate machinery, soil and a picnic table. Westport’s pioneering Green Village Initiative helps too. The garden has “grown” to over 100 members.
A few miles north, Lachat Farm provides plots to any Weston resident, employee or local organization. It’s all organic — chemical pesticides and herbicides are prohibited. Volunteers maintain several plots for the Weston Food Bank; other gardeners help by placing excess produce in a cooler, where it’s delivered to the Food Bank twice a week. Weston Community Garden also hosts workshops throughout the season, and an end-of-harvest potluck dinner (complete with campfire).
Since 1975, Allen’s Meadow has welcomed Wiltonites. Its 50 plots are lovingly tended by a diverse community: young parents, empty nesters, older couples, best friends, first-timers and experienced gardeners.
Two community gardens of different sorts can be found in Westport. Wakeman Town Farm’s sizable garden is the setting for a lively series of year-long instructional programs. Young kids, teenage apprentices — and everyone else — gets their hands dirty (and their stomachs full) at the working farm on Cross Highway.
Around the corner, Staples High School’s garden is overseen by Horticulture students. Some of the food they grow finds its way into dishes prepared by the award-winning Culinary classes.
So how does your garden grow?!

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