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about us!


The garden, the team, and getting in touch.

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about us!


The garden, the team, and getting in touch.

THE GARDEN

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WHY HAVE A LAWN WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A GARDEN?

The picture above is of a garden that supplied multiple restaurants, shops, and people with herbs as well as edible and cut flowers for the better part of 2016. Before that, HBG was envisioned as just one example for what can happen when the land available in our suburban landscape is used for production.

At any given day, you'll find multiple species of bees as well as tons of birds (SO MANY BIRDS), and enough butterflies to lift you out of a sour mood. After turning the yard into a garden, neighbors have slowed as they walk by (so have cars- luckily our street is pretty quiet), children have visited, and lots of people have lended a hand to make this piece of earth pretty great. 

While supplying other businesses with harder to find items they can use to boost their menu is absolutely awesome, it's only part of the point. This garden is the vehicle to connecting to the land available, the people nearby, and a satisfying job and lifestyle that is grounded and meaningful. My hope is that others can see this and be inspired. Do you need to dig up your whole front yard and puzzle your neighbors? No! But, you can grow some food for yourself and our pollinators that are responsible for making so many delicious things possible in the first place. You can step outside and tell yourself that you grew that. You can inspire others to do it too.

Where did the name Hummingbird Gardens come from? First, my grandma, our family gardener was obsessed with them. Second, watch the video below!

 
 
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Team


Hi there! We're the folks running things around here.

Team


Hi there! We're the folks running things around here.

 
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Amanda montgomery, mafs

After earning her Master of Arts in Food Studies from Chatham University in 2012, Amanda immediately moved back to Richmond to start work in the field of garden education. As the Garden Education Coordinator at the Weinstein JCC, Amanda has brought the garden to the classroom and created a safe and fun place for children ages 2-15 to explore and try new foods. She started Hummingbird Gardens in 2015 to expand her reach in garden education and sustainable agriculture, continuing to partner with the JCC as well as ripping up her yard to grow herbs, edible flowers, and cut flowers for restaurants and market. She is always striving to forge meaningful and fruitful relationships with community partners. When she’s not working, she’s cooking, rewatching Great British Bake Off, or exploring Richmond.

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holly schott

A Richmond native, Holly has developed a passion for all things Urban Agriculture and Sustainability through working at garden centers and volunteering on local urban farms. In 2015, Holly put her background in art to work to co-found The Giving Tree Project, a public art project helping to educate Richmond’s youth about the importance of trees and the environment. Holly is a big fan of the James River, weed whacking barefoot, and The Office.

 
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Contact


Contact



get in touch

804.912.5218
amanda@hbgrva.com

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