When we first popped in to see the Mesa Urban Garden a couple of years ago, it was a relatively simple affair. Raised beds had just been filled with dark, moist soil. Kyllan Maney and Lauren Lee had painted the first of many murals to don garden walls. Community members were just beginning to buy plots, and plant them with vegetables and herbs.
Lynn Trimble Raised beds going in during early Mesa Urban Garden days.
Nowadays the non-profit community garden, which is governed by a board comprised of Mesa citizens, is readying to celebrate its third anniversary with a mash-up of art, music, and garden love called HortiCultured. The free event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 16, and continues through 11 p.m. It's free and open to the public, so now is the time for Phoenix Third Friday regulars to exercise their logistical prowess.