This year, 6BC has plots available for those members who are interested in maintaining them. There are two categories of plot maintenance:
Full steward - this person has primary responsibility for maintaining the plot, and supervising the "assistant steward."
Assistant steward - Assisting the full steward of a plot. The assistant is responsible for maintaining the plot under the direction of the full steward if for any reason the steward cannot consistently do so. Specific responsibilities to be decided on an individual basis between each steward and plot assistant.
If you are interested in being either a full steward or an assistant, please let us know at your orientation or by contacting us. If you are interested in gardening but don't want to maintain a plot, we also have several plots that are maintained by all members/volunteers.
Please read our guidance section, below, Being a plot steward/plot assistant calls for responsibility and commitment. Please apply only if you feel you are really able to make this commitment.
No prior gardening experience necessary! But, you must be willing to maintain your plot throughout the gardening season. This will involve watering, weeding, planting, soil maintenance and improvement, fertilizing, deadheading, etc. If you have any questions about gardening, you can refer to our ever-growing plant gallery, best garden practices section, or ask a board member. Hopefully we will be sponsoring workshops throughout the year on gardening topics.
Basic Plot Requirements:
You are free to rearrange plants or plant new ones within the following strictures:
Plantings must be consistent with the general "spirit" and look of the garden.
Plantings should be appropriate to your location in terms of light, moisture and soil requirements and the size of your plot
Growing vegetables is not allowed, as 6BC is a botanical garden only. Our soil is not appropriate for growing veggies.
Native plants, and bird, bee and butterfly friendly plants are encouraged.
Plants and garden ornaments (e.g. planters, sculpture, and the like) must be pre-approved by a board member. If approved, you may be reimbursed for your purchases by submitting proof of purchase to a board member.
If you wish to remove a plant from your plot, please try to find another place for it in the garden, but
Do not plant in other people's plots without prior approval from a board member.
Do not prune trees or shrubs (except for removing dead branches) without prior approval from the board.
The board reserves the right to remove any plants that were not pre-approved or that they deem inappropriate to their location in the garden.
Weed your plot and the pathway around it
Maintain a clean and level pathway surrounding your plot
Do not plant trees or invasive species in plots or public beds
Do not plant or place objects that shade other plots
Research your plants' needs, fertilize, prune and deadhead appropriately