Thank you Carl W. Hall Funeral Services

Today we welcome and thank Carl W. Hall Funeral Services as the newest sponsor of gregg’s gardens.

Carl W. Hall has been owned and operated by several generations of the founder’s family since 1920. Their deep commitment to our community is clear, and their support of gregg’s gardens is just the latest example.

Please see their page in the “Gardens” menu or visit them online at

Carl W. Hall Funeral Home
533 North Park Avenue
Warren, Ohio 44481-1164
Phone: 330-394-4656 | Fax: 330-393-4241 |

Thank you Blank family

The newest garden comes courtesy of the Blank family of Warren, who graduated today from “Wannabe” to a full gregg’s garden sponsorship.

Eleven Blank cousins are dedicating their garden to the memory of their grandfather Cotton, the inspiration for Cotton’s Patch. Earl “Cotton” Blank and his wife Elizabeth lived for more than 40 years at 786 Atlantic Street, just east of where the first gregg’s gardens are going in this spring.

The eleven grandchildren of Cotton and Lib (above with his sons Mick, Butch, Jack and Bob) spent many hours on Atlantic Street growing up and hope to see it return to better days.

Thank you AVI!

We are very happy to welcome today the newest gregg’s garden sponsor — AVI Foodsystems, a family-owned enterprise that is one of the largest and most successful companies in the history of Warren. Please visit their page under the Garden menu or the AVI web site to learn more about this very interesting and community-minded company.

AVI: The family difference.

Thank you Trumbull 100

Today we welcome and thank our newest garden sponsor, The Trumbull 100, a group of community-spirited citizens that has done many great things for Warren and Trumbull County. Some examples include refurbishing the Veteran’s Memorial and Burbank Park, the downtown flower project, bringing important art to the Butler Institute’s Trumbull branch and their “mini-grant” program that helps fund dozens of neighborhood-based improvement projects.

To learn more about The Trumbull 100 see their page in the “Gardens” section or visit their web site.

Thank you Diane Sauer Chevrolet

Thank you very much to our newest gregg’s garden sponsor, Diane Sauer Chevrolet. Be sure to look at their page under the “Garden” menu on our site or visit their web site. The road to savings begins there!

We urge everyone to patronize the businesses that are gregg’s garden sponsors. These folks demonstrate a commitment to our community every day; they are the kind of people with whom you’ll enjoy doing business.

Today’s good news report

We will have at least one more new sponsor to report later this week, but today we offer a little non-financial good news related to our progress.

  • Mayor Doug Franklin was kind enough to make a YouTube video for us and it has now been viewed 440 times; this is a very nice response in less than a month in a city this size.
  • Dr. Ted Auch of the Cleveland Botanical Garden recently spoke in Warren at the YWCA. We invited all friends of gregg’s gardens, and the good Doctor said Warren produced the biggest crowd he’s had at his lecture on “repurposing vacant land.”
  • A college student (who shall be unnamed until we get her permission to name her) is producing a 45 minute film on gregg’s gardens as her senior project.

These developments show a high level of interest in what we’re doing. This is a necessary foundation for getting the financial support we need to transform Warren into the wildflower city.

Mr. A, Rotary and the ’67 Panthers come through!

We have a lot of good news to report on the sponsorship front. First, our anonymous donor (the man we call Mr. A) came through with sponsorships for three gardens! This makes him our #1 donor.

Next, the Rotary Club of Warren is sponsoring a garden and they get special credit because all it took was one brief pitch and they jumped on board. We didn’t even have to make a follow-up phone call. Now that is real community spirit! Thank you Rotary.

Finally, the Warren Harding Class of 1967, which committed to one garden at the launch has raised enough for two gardens and is still raising money; it could go to three. Their success is a result of the hard work and charisma of Carle (Robison) Churgin former Homecoming Queen and current gregg’s garden hero!

This brings the total number of commitments to nine gardens and there are a number of individual fundraisers underway; we anticipate more good news soon and will keep you posted.

If you and a group of friends, family, co-workers, teammates or inmates would like a wildflower garden and web page of your own on the gregg’s garden web site, write to and we will help you organize an initiative. Look under the Wannabee page to see what’s going on now.

Why We Are Here: Bonnie Bailey Ulam

Another in a series spotlighting members of the community who have gotten involved with the Gregg’s Gardens initiative:

I am so honored and excited to be part of the reconstruction of Warren’s appearance. I’d be over the moon if, somehow, my wrinkled exterior could be restored to its worry-free, clueless youth; without the semblance of life’s hard lessons. However with age comes wisdom and with wisdom comes dealing with my deeply embedded roots that SHOUT out their need to be reckoned with and preserved. The significance of Warren’s historical hold over all of us that grew up here or graduated from one of the Warren area’s schools during the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s bind us unilaterally. I’m very proud to have friends who represent not only the past, but the present also. Each decade is different; yet we’re all the same.

But while this woman’s wrinkles may tell a hopeful, joyful story of my truths about Warren, I also live here 24/7. The same city I’m rooting for can also be a city that is looked upon in a negative light. Some say Warren is plagued by blight and is a city of neglect and apathy. Those of us who truly loved Warren at first sight (because it was HOME) want to help. Those of us who grew up on the streets of Warren without fear feel we owe the younger generations a glimpse of the grandeur of Warren that we took for granted…One we thought would prevail long after we left for greener pastures.

This is what Greggs Gardens is all about – restoring some of the beauty Warren has lost by replacing the vacant lots on Atlantic Street with beautiful wildflower gardens. Hopefully this scenic transformation will uplift your spirits and make you even prouder to call Warren your home.”

The Dr. Ted Auch talk: “Repurposing vacant land”

Thank you to Pat Fuller, an Ohio State University Master Gardener, for her notes on the February 28th talk given by Dr. Auch :

1) 34% of Warren’s land parcels are vacant.

a) The spatial basins are all connected.  The purpose of Dr. Auch’s study was to unify people connected though those basins.

b) We share the same natural resources that are depleting faster than replenishing.

2) 18 of the 24 largest areas of concern regarding combined sewer overflow are on the great lakes basin, three of which are in Warren.

a) Much of this comes from large agricultural areas.

3) Dr. Auch believes that urban farming is not a panacea for use of vacant land.

a) He sited steady state economy and embracing shrinkage with regard to our decreasing population.

b) In order to maintain economic viability, we need to minimize social disruption and protect property values.

4) Potential restoration strategies that could be revenue producing:

a) Constructed Wetlands that alleviate storm water pressure and address flood events.

b) Agro Forestry that produces specialty products and demonstrates a layered crop approach.

i) These could include both Hardwood and Softwood Plantations on vacant lands.

ii) Dr. Auch suggests that hardwood plantations of black walnut, chestnut and red oak should account for 25% of our vacant properties. These trees would be the tall layer and with nut or berry crops being the second layer. This would eventually eliminate the need for any grounds keeping maintenance.

iii) Softwood Plantations would produce a quicker crop than the 27th year wait that the hardwood crop would require and those trees could include red pine, white pine and hybrid popular.  These softwood products could produce revenue through use in bio fuels and pulp and paper production.

iiii) Both tree plantations would produce jobs, contribute to COsequestration and storm water remediation.

Thank you to the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for sponsoring this very informative talk.