The tastiest parcel of Reynolds land is out of plain sight. “It’s tucked away,” says Carolyn Taylor, standing in the community garden she helped design six years ago. “Most people don’t know it’s here.” Here is off a main road, off a beaten path, and smack dab in a meadow drenched in sunshine and in regular irrigation from a blessedly-positioned water tower. Here is where 48 Members plant, pamper, and problem-solve until it’s time to proudly pick from their 28 raised garden beds. Sometimes, they party. “Last August we took our own produce to a dude ranch in the area and had a huge potluck dinner,” says Carolyn.

Here you see golfers who don’t want to retreat to the porch for Sudoku following a morning round, parents teaching kids about nutrition, and neighbors getting to know each other.

Here you can find a variety of produce you can’t find anywhere else: Chinese green radishes, rattlesnake beans, sesame leaves, and an alphabet soup of peppers (including shishitos and lunchboxes). All of it fresh enough to eat off the stem — except the luffa which hangs off a vine before it can be hung in a shower.

Says Carolyn, “We find that food and friendships grow really well here.”

My best advice would be grow what you like to eat. That’s the greatest motivation for any gardener. Carolyn Taylor

Field of Her Dreams

Carolyn Taylor and her husband, Sid, roamed the world, living in places like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia before landing permanently at Reynolds. In order to put down roots, Carolyn decided to draw from her upbringing on New Zealand’s lush North Island.

“My mother is 94 years old and she still has a beautiful vegetable garden,” Carolyn says. “I have great memories in that garden.” Which is why she wanted to develop the community garden at Reynolds.

“Our vision,” says Carolyn, “is to have an orchard with fruit trees and to grow food in a ‘victory garden’ for the restaurants. Ultimately, this is all about improving the quality of life for Members.”

We Are Gardeners

Reynolds Members have turned the Community Garden into a place where tastes of their former homes can be resurrected. For example:

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