Ahwatukee has its own secret garden hidden at the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center, but organizers and designers behind the garden don’t want it to be such a secret.

The Ahwatukee Community Garden, located at 4700 E. Warner Road, is open to anyone who’d like to come learn to plant and take care of a garden. The organizers meet to work in the garden every Sunday morning at 8 a.m., and meet once a month to plan for future workshops on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

There are two demonstration beds at the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center. Seasonal plants are grown and shared with volunteers who help with the garden as well as with the Kyrene Resource Center.

Linda Rominger is one of the founding members of the Ahwatukee Community Garden. She said she took the Master Gardener course to find out more about community gardening and was thrilled when she found out one was being built in Ahwatukee.

“It’s just fun to see old and young learn from each other and share in the garden,” Rominger said. “There’s no politics involved and no religion involved. There are not many things like this where you can all share in the magic without anyone having an agenda.”

All workshops and work days in the garden are free and open to the public, but donations are gladly accepted. The group hopes to some day be able to offer leasable space to those who would like their own gardens. It will take some donations to build those beds and right now they are unsure where they might build those spaces.

This Friday, Oct. 18, the Ahwatukee Community Garden Project will have a garage sale at 4700 E. Warner Road, from 7 a.m. to noon. Donations for the garage sale would be gladly accepted.

In November, on Saturday, Nov. 2, volunteers can enjoy a workshop on wildflowers at the garden. In December the group will make bird seed ornaments.

“I like the magic of it,” Rominger said. “You put the seed in the ground and see what happens. It’s a magical process. It’s hard to believe what can come from a tiny seed.”

The garden at the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center is located northwest of the playground or picnic area. There is also a community garden at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Pecos Senior Center is also building a few community garden beds. Each garden has its own organizers, but the gardens do work in conjunction.

The Ahwatukee Community Garden Project hosts a table with more information at the Ahwatukee Farmer’s Market. For further information, email ahwcomgarden@gmail.com or call (602) 524-5027.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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