Saint John Gardens was created in 2006 when Rebecca Koop purchased abandoned lots next to her pottery studio from the land trust. A small group of neighbors began with a few raised garden beds. Since then, the garden has developed into 40 raised beds, a water catchment system, three rain gardens, a fish pond, an orchard and a community entertainment and cookout space. Many of the one dozen gardeners are artists, which is evident in the colorful creativity throughout the site. Neighbors tend their beds and grow friendships in addition to food for their families.