WATERLOO – A pair of Waterloo pastors are nurturing their historic neighborhood’s vibrant community, cultivating fellowship and harvesting new friends and updated homes through their work at Grace Gardens.
George and Judy Marshall created the garden by their home about six years ago in the Walnut Street Neighborhood. Across from the Boys and Girls Club on the corner of East Park Avenue and Walnut Street is a brick walking path that leads to the garden and community bulletin board. While it’s not a community garden, the couple shares what they can when they can.
“People are just really so appreciative,” Judy said.
The pair are preparing for the annual Miracles of Marigolds planting party this Saturday. Volunteers and neighbors will meet at the garden at 10 a.m. before planting flowers throughout the neighborhood.
Judy Marshall grew up in Waterloo and raised her family in Raymond, where she also tended to her passion for gardening and church. Through Heartland Vineyard Church, she began pastoring under the trees in Lincoln Park in downtown Waterloo. Later sprouted the Harvest Vineyard Church at 715 E. Fourth St., where she and her husband, George, are pastors.
“It’s a unique church,” Judy said. “It’s for people who may feel sometimes they don’t quite fit in at other churches.”