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Announcing Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Annual Fall Plant Sale

From Wednesday, October 15th thru Saturday the 18th the nursery will be selling:

  • Cool weather vegetables and flowers in four inch pots: Artichokes, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Pansies, and Violas.
  • An assortment of four inch succulents including: Ghost Plant, Echeverias, Panda Plant, and Paddle Plant
  • Hearty plants and house pants in various sizes: Aloe, Pothos ivy, Agave, Purple Heart, Spider Plant/Hen-and-Chickens

Prices are based off of pot size. All four inch pots are $2 each.

Open hours:
  Wednesday, October 15th 11am-6pm
  Thursday, October 16th 11 am to 4 pm
  Friday, October 17th 11 am to 6 pm
  Saturday, October 18th 9 am to 4 pm

Where: TSBVI Greenhouse - park at Sunshine Community Garden, at 4814 Sunshine Dr. Walk toward the back of the garden and go through the gate to get to the greenhouse.

The Fall Plant Sale is a fundraiser for the Horticulture work training program of Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

For more information contact Nicole at 512-206-9369 or fishern@tsbvi.edu.


T-Shirt design contest for Sunshine Community Garden

Feeling creative???

T-shirt design guidelines:

  • One color design
  • Must include "Sunshine Community Gardens"
  • Nothing offensive
  • Design to be on front of shirt

Designs need to be submitted by October 31, 2014 at midnight.

Please submit via email or in person to any Board member.

Designs will be voted on for the following five days, online, until November 5 at midnight.

If possible we will also have them available to view at the garden for your consideration.

Any questions? Contact a Board member. Contact information on the website and also in each Weeder.

T-shirts, ideally, will be ready for purchase on December 6 for our Holiday meeting/potluck/party.


Here are pictures of the Micah 6 potluck held on August 24


Tomato Tasting Results 2014

At long last, the results from the Tomato Tasting are in (the earlier report was from a previous year). This year, we had 49 varieties to sample. The five top-ranked tomatoes for taste were Black and Brown Boar, Sun Gold, Lemon Boy, Cherokee Purple, and Black Cherry. The five lowest-ranked tomatoes for taste were BHN-602, Homestead 24F, Large Barred Boar, Dark Galaxy, and Lemon Cherry. Texture and looks were also judged although fewer people made comments on those features than for taste. In any category, scores with more people judging them are more reliable than those with just a few. Also, the results depend on the samples submitted. If the tomatoes weren't totally ripe or overripe, their scores may not be consistent with their peak flavor. Paste type varieties always score lower for taste and often texture than those typically eaten fresh.

Results sorted alphabetically (.pdf)

Results sorted by taste and looks (.xls)


Notes From the Gardens

June 13, 2014

Sunshine has joined The American Community Gardening Association. Check out their newsletter for valuable community gardening info.





Welcome to Sunshine Community Gardens' website

Please feel free to contribute recipes, hints, pictures, links, comments or anything else you feel that will help this website become a gardener's reference and home.

Send email to Sharon at scgardenweb@gmail.com.

Sunshine's Compost/Recycling Operations

Do you want to recycle leaves, grass clippings, or vegetable kitchen waste? You are welcome to bring this material to Sunshine Gardens and deposit it in the appropriate clearly marked pile.

Please empty your collection containers (another opportunity, to recycle) for reuse.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept twigs, branches, or logs as we have no way to deal with them as nature cannot break them down quickly enough given our limited space.

Also, we can't accept florist waste. We try to subscribe to organic practices and avoid herbicides and fungicides and preservatives. We don't know what the flowers are treated with but if and only if, it contains none of the above then you are welcome to dump it in our compost pile.

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Sunshine Gardens celebrates over 30 years of community gardening in Austin!

Sunshine Community Gardens has been in existence since 1979 with over 200 plots on about 3 acres of land in north central Austin, Texas. The land is leased from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and they are our generous partners in providing the members of Sunshine with an urban oasis for growing organic food and flowers.

SCG is an all volunteer non-profit organization. With the assistance of Gabriel Valley Farms, a local grower, each spring on the 1st Saturday of March, our Annual Plant Sale and Benefit provides the Austin area spring transplants for their gardens. Heirloom tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers, eggplant, herbs and much more are sold to benefit the gardens. Funds help to keep our membership fees low, pay for maintenance of our tools and tractor, and provide opportunities for special projects at the garden.

Sunshine, through its parent organization, Community Garden Initiative of Central Texas, offers educational opportunities with garden tours, donations of seed and plants, and meeting space for other non-profits. A number of plots are set aside as designated gardens to grow fresh produce for the Micah 6 Food Bank.

For contact information, or if you have any questions about volunteer opportunities, go to our Contact page.

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