The Tribune had a front page article today on yesterday’s “Ride of Silence” promoting bicycle safety. Not only are gregg’s gardens named for a young man, Gregg Snyder, who was killed while riding a bicycle, but one of our first gardens was donated by the family of Garrett Wonders, whose parents organized the event yesterday.
If you don’t know anything about Garrett, take a moment to read about him in the “Gardens” section of this web site. He was a truly remarkable young man who was also the tragic victim of a bicycling accident.
Both of these young men — one an Eagle Scout the other a Navel officer — lived their most passionate times in the outdoors, and we hope to make outdoor Warren a place about which people can be passionate.
We are happy to announce that our seed providers, Ohio Prairie Nursery of Hiram, Ohio is now selling the special blend of wildflower and native grass seeds we use here in Warren to the general public. You can read the details of what plants are in the mix and the benefits of creating your own urban meadow by visiting the OPN web site.
We still need volunteers for Saturday May 11th. We need people to help canvass the proposed Garden District neighborhood for an hour or so early Saturday afternoon. We will canvass in pairs and pass out a brochure to as many houses as we can.
We could also use help selling tee-shirts in Dave Grohl Alley at the Rockin’ Burger Fest ’13 from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Of the two, the canvassing is the more important. I can sit and b.s. while selling the occasional tee-shirt for a good many hours, however I would like to have a beer or two and may need occasional “relief.”
If you can help out please send an email to Stephanie, at email@example.com telling her what you can do and when; please also leave your cell number.
Be sure you read the Warren Expressed post today.
The Dominion Foundation, a part of the corporation that owns Dominion East Ohio Gas announced last week that they are making a $2500 grant to gregg’s gardens and the project to create a Garden District in Warren.
The Dominion Foundation contributes more than $20 million annually to non-profit organizations and schools in the states where they have significant business operation, like Ohio.
This grant brings us nearly half way to our goal of raising $50,000 in 2013. We are very grateful to Dominion for their support.
Atlantic Street is a tough street to cruise down slowly just admiring the sights, but I had a chance yesterday, on a perfect, warm spring day to get out of the car and appreciate what is happening in the gardens. There is a lot of green coming up in nice neat rows (right) to reflect the care with which they were planted.
Come by and see for yourself but you have to get out on foot to really appreciate them.
We also have our first shipment of gregg’s gardens’ 2013 tee shirt (below), perfectly produced in awesome purple by our friends at Artistics on Market Street Courthouse Square. We will have them for sale on May 11th at the Dave Grolh Alley Rockin’ Artfest 2013 — and yes, we still need volunteers.
I always wanted to get one of those big checks — the kind they give golfers when they win the big tournament, and at long last it happened recently when the Trumbull County Commissioners presented us with a gift of nearly $500 that had been collected from county employees. Seen here are (l-r) me and Commissioners Frank Fuda, Paul Heltzel and Dan Polivka.
This was very generous of them and we appreciate it very much. However, I am sorry to report that after the photo was taken they took back the big check and gave me a little, old ordinary version to deposit. Oh well, there is still the U.S. Open.
If you support gregg’s gardens, please consider giving us a few hours of your time on Saturday May 11th. We need volunteers between the hours of noon and 10:00 p.m. for whatever time you can spare.
We need help in several areas:
- Distributing literature and talking to neighbors in the proposed Garden District from roughly noon until 3:00ish.
- Distributing literature and selling tee shirts at the Rockin’ Art Fest 2013 in Dave Grohl Alley for a two-hour shift between 3:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Other glamorous opportunities include helping with the party itself by, for example, serving beer and burgers or helping clean up for a two-hour shift.
The Rockin’ Art Fest 2013 in Dave Grohl Alley is being organized by Main Street Warren and they have generously offered to share the proceeds with gregg’s gardens if we can provide some volunteers. Your help will directly aid the effort to beautify Warren.
If you will help, please send an email to Stephanie@warrenexpressed.org that includes your telephone number and the times you can work; she will be able to answer most questions. We need you. I hope you can step up.