Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate.
We now have a pleasant sitting area inside the Alumni Garden at Elm & Atlantic, which includes a nice stone bench, three new stone planters and the beginnings of a birdhouse condo-community. The stone planters have been filled with better soil and will be planted soon with tall grasses and wildflowers, which will give the garden added elevation and visual interest.
We thank all our donors for their continued support, and in particular the anonymous donor who made the bench possible. Finally, a big shout out to Frank Ortzen-Abbott who built these planters entirely alone and by hand, plus installed the bench and built the condo frame, which will be painted shortly.
Please stop by and visit this lovely and tranquil oasis in the heart of Warren.
This week Frank began building the raised stone beds inside the Atlantic and Elm Alumni Garden. These will be filled with good quality soil and planted with wildflower plugs. The added elevations and stones will create more visual interest. Our bench has come in and will be installed near the stone beds, providing a place for quiet contemplation — all except for the 6000 cars per day that pass by, of course.
Please join friends from gregg’s gardens for a work session this Saturday September 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., or for as long as you can stay. We will meet at the showcase garden on the corner of Elm Road and Atlantic Street.
Experts from Ohio Prairie Nursery will be on hand to provide professional guidance on how to properly weed and maintain the wild flower gardens. So we’ll learn a few things too. Tools and supplies will be provided.
We just need YOU!
For more infromantion contact: Dennis Blank at (914) 346-0102
See today’s Warren Expressed to find out about a great opportunity for us to win $10,000 and all you have to do to help is lift your finger and click the mouse.
See today’s Warren Expressed post for some cool recent photos of our new rock wall/planters in the Garden District.
If you haven’t already, please stop by the garden at Elm and Atlantic across from Harding. Park in the high school lot and walk over to really appreciate the garden. These are a few snapshots I took today. This garden was planted with plugs – baby plants. All the others were seeded and are a year behind, so this is how they will look next year.
The soil in that lot was very poor and you will notice a couple of large bare spots where we will soon be building stone raised beds that will be filled with better soil and planted with more seeds so that eventually we will have several elevations of flowers there which should look very nice. Next week our bench will be installed.
Just two months ago, the corner of Porter and Vine was a bleak, featureless, weedy, littered lot. Read today’s Tribune and then take a drive by and see how it looks now. Drive by a few days from now and it will look even more interesting and alive.
One step at a time. That is how progress is made.
Funds raised in 2013 are just a few dollars shy of $30,000. Our goal for the year is $50,000. I can’t honestly tell you I know where the next $20,000 will come from but we have a third of the year left and we are optimistic.
The original plan was to raise most of the money from private individuals but this proved to be a flawed strategy pretty quickly; fortunately we figured it out in time to change to a strategy of approaching foundations for grants. This yielded large gifts from Trumbull 100, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, PNC Bank Foundation and the Dominion Foundation.
We struck out with the Youngstown/Warren Chamber of Commerce, the Trumbull County Community Foundation and the General Motors Foundation. We are waiting to hear back on several others and are working on several new applications.
Writing grant applications is not particularly difficult but it is time-consuming. If there is anyone reading this who would like to join the gregg’s gardens/Garden District cause this is an area where we could use some help. You can do it from home on your own time. Write to email@example.com if your want to know more.
Everything starts with a plan. Come see our plan for creating the 22-square block Warren Garden District next Tuesday August 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the Raymond John Wean Building on Courthouse Square.
Wow, it’s been several weeks since I posted, which is too long a gap. First I was on vacation, then I got sick, then the dog ate my homework, then….well, anyway, I’m back and there is a lot to tell. I’m going to break it up over a couple of days so check back later this week.
First, we have a great new package of photos with the best representation to date of what we are planting in gregg’s gardens (that is Rough Blazingstar above). They were supplied to us by Ohio Prairie Nursery which supplies us with seeds. I’m especially fond of the native grasses – Little Bluestem (below) and Nodding Wild Rye.
Part of the reason we haven’t written much is that we have been very busy selecting and prepping the next group of garden lots in the Garden District. We are working on killing weeds in about 30 lots now, including the walking path on the old railroad right-of-way that runs between Belmont and Elm Road; this is going to be a very charming addition to the neighborhood once the flowers and grasses mature.
If you haven’t yet, take a drive by the Elm and Atlantic lot; park and walk around it if you can in order to really appreciate how beautiful these flowers and grasses are. This lot was planted with plugs so it has a one-year head start on the other gardens which we seeded. The seeded lots should look like this by this time next year. You may have noticed also that the rye grass in the seeded lots has been cut down and removed per the plan.
Check back later this week for an funding update and news about other gg projects underway.