Gracious Garden

Food Forest Keepers: Dixon Community Church and Neighborhood Christian School

Gracious Garden is being developed in partnership with Dixon Community Church and Neighborhood Christian School. Neighborhood Christian School serves preschool through eighth grade and has been a part of the community for more than 40 years. The school partnered with Dixon Community Church in relocating the campus this past year. The church has served Dixon for more than 100 years and is on East A Street, where the garden will be highly visible to passers-by.

“We anticipate creating a first in the community food forest, filled with perennials and other diverse crops,” Principal Eden Callison said. “As much as 80% of the yield would be donated to our local food bank partners: Dixon Family Services, CornerStone Baptist Church … as well as in the future create a farmers market style event to continue to highlight and provide opportunity for students and families to sell items made from the garden and provide a full circle educational experience to students within our school and community.”

Site Details

Installation Date:

April 2022


1362 square feet

Sun Exposure:

6 hours



Number of Swales:


Secondary Water:

Lawn Conversion


Roof water diverted to swales

Total annual water impact:

84,229 gallons


Designer: Phil Gray


Plant List:


Apple, Fig (Black Jack), Kumquat, Loquat, Peach, Pear, Pomegranate, Weeping Mulberry

Butterfly Bush, Gooseberry

Agapanthus, Artichoke, Calendula, Comfrey, Dahlia, Daylily, Kale, Marigold, Milkweed, Rhubarb, Shasta Daisy, Sorrel, Spinach

Lemon Thyme, Strawberry

Garlic, Onion