(Orange, Texas)

July 29, 2010

Shangri La presents Lasagna Gardening by Sandra Hoke

Special to The Leader
Stark Foundation

ORANGE — Have a lawn or weed patch in your backyard and would like to turn it into a vegetable garden without a lot of trouble? Then join Master Gardener Sandra Hoke for a free program entitled “Lasagna Gardening” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 in the Discovery Theater at Shangri La as she provides a step by step method to produce a successful garden without digging.

Lasagna Gardens can be successfully placed in any sunny area using readily available materials over the top of existing weeds and grass. This program is designed for adults and should provide all necessary instruction to start your winter garden using this method. There is limited seating and RSVP is required, call 409-670-9799 to reserve your seat.

Sandra Hoke is a retired pre-school teacher who has worked in developing children’s gardens at schools and at Shangri La. She is vice-president of the Orange County Master Gardeners and was co-chair of their annual plant sale last spring.

Hoke is an avid natural gardener and disciple of using native plants wherever practical. She practices the Lasagna Garden philosophy at her own garden and has been successful using this strategy for several years. Working with the Children’s Garden Team at Shangri La, she delivered more than 500 pounds of fresh produce from Shangri La’s Children’s Garden to local soup kitchens and food banks.

Shangri La is located at 2111 W. Park Ave. in Orange, Texas. For additional information, visit or call 409-670-9113.