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Best Community Garden Dallas 2012 - Bhutanese Refugee Garden

The best thing about community gardens in older urban areas is their sheer obduracy — the grit and patience, the sweat equity involved in digging down through rubble to find real dirt again and bring it back to green abundance. A great example is this garden, four-tenths of an acre of serenity just off a noisy intersection in Old East Dallas. In the early '90s it was an overflow garden for Cambodian refugees not able to find plots in the busy Southeast Asian refugee garden a few blocks away. Later abandoned and neglected, it has been adopted again by families fleeing turmoil in Bhutan, a Himalayan nation sandwiched between China and India. You can wander in and watch them work their beds in rhythms and tones of ancient practice, their garden a soft prayer to our city's roaring heart.

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It's the garden on the corner of Live Oak and Fitzhugh, diagonally across the street and down a block from Jimmy's, not the garden next to or behind Jimmy's.


It says we can wander in and watch.... but how do we find it?  I'd love to see it, mainly to see some of the interesting vegetables, and how they arrange them. 


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