Gardens at Norman Bird Sanctuary
The Good Gardens
The Good Gardens were established in 2011 as a small community space that promotes learning, food production, volunteerism, connection with our neighbors, and responsible land stewardship. Volunteers from the URI Master Gardener program completely rebuilt and redesigned the Good Gardens in 2017, creating an engaging teaching garden that models best practice in organic gardening. The Good Gardens encompass a 40’ x 60’ fenced organic garden, a 15’ x 50’ Hoop House, and a large compost area.
The Good Gardens are open to the public and are frequently visited by Summer Camp groups, school field trips, Pre-K Story & Stroll programs, and more.
The volunteer-grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs are donated to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center food pantry and feed NBS’ education animal ambassadors.
Volunteer in the Good Gardens!
Check out special 2019 volunteer projects and public programs in the Good Gardens this spring and summer at our public programs page.
The Good Gardens is looking for volunteers to assist URI Master Gardeners in the education garden, hoop house, and compost area with native plantings, garden design and more. You'll learn herb and vegetable gardening techniques and the benefits of using native plants.
Register at the link below and we will contact you regarding your availability.
The historic Mabel's Garden was a significant feature of Paradise Farm before Mabel Norman established her family's land as Norman Bird Sanctuary in 1949.
The garden's elegant design style and purposes evolved greatly throughout the centuries, eventually settling on it's design today as a native planting habitat demonstration garden, woodland path, and decorative centerpiece, featuring blue and purple flowers inspired by Mabel Norman's favorite plants.
Volunteers have maintained and developed beautiful native plantings that line the outer stone wall of the garden, creating crucial habitat for beneficial pollinators such as birds, bees, butterflies, and more.