The money game

Well now it all comes down to raising the money to make Warren’s Garden District a reality. Fortunately we have help. First, Jodie Knofsky created a Facebook event which is an easy way to spread the word virally. Just go to the Let’s Build a Garden District page and invite your Facebook friends to join. It is a virtual event and the date will probably change to allow for growth.

Anyone can now easily donate using Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’s PayPal account. Just be sure that if you do that you use the comment feature on PayPal to indicate that your gift is for gregg’s gardens plus any additional information, for example “For the Classmates of Gregg Snyder Fund.”

$50,000 is a lot of money so we will need to find at least a few people who may be larger donors — in the $5,000 + range. If you have any suggestions for people or businesses that you think might be candidates for that level donation and you are able to facilitate a meeting with them, please send me an email at and we will arrange a private presentation for them.

The PR machine remains in gear today as I am scheduled to be interviewed by Stan Boney on the channel 33 evening news today at 5:30.

A great night

photo-9Thank you everyone who attended last night’s gregg’s garden presentation at the Wean Foundation Building. I forgot to count but I believe we had at least 50 people including Mayor Franklin, several City Council members and a number of Warren and Trumbull County officials.

We explained in detail our plans to create a Garden District just north of downtown. For those of you who were not able to attend we will post a detailed description of the plan both here and on Warren Expressed in the coming days.

There was a good contingent of press in attendance and we were covered on the 11:00 p.m. channel 33 news last night and on channel 21 as well. The Tribune also gave us good coverage this morning, although at the time of this post it was not on their web site.

Now all we have to do is find $50,000 and we are good to go.


Don’t forget

You are invited to attend a brief presentation tonight at which we will reveal plans to create a Garden District in Warren. The details are:
Date: Thursday January 24
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: The Wean Foundation, 147 West Market Street on Courthouse Square
If you haven’t been inside the new Wean Foundation building yet it will be worth the trip just to see it.

gg in the news

We got a very nice write up in the Tribune this morning regarding Phase II plans for gregg’s gardens. By all means read the article but, better yet, join us tomorrow (Thursday) evening @ 7:30 at the Wean Foundation Building, 147 West Market Street. We will reveal all the details of our plan to create a Garden District near downtown.

You are invited…

gregg’s gardens accomplished a great deal in 2012 — perhaps with your help — and we have even more ambitious plans for 2013, including the creation of a Garden District in the heart of Warren.
We are invited to join us for a brief presentation next week at which we will reveal those plans to the whole community. The details are:
Date: Thursday January 24
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: The Wean Foundation, 147 West Market Street on Courthouse Square
If you haven’t been inside the new Wean Foundation building yet it will be worth the trip just to see it.
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Why a meadow?

alpine-meadowsI was checking in on our friend Catherine Zimmerman’s website The Meadow Project this morning and saw she has a great little video on her home page that explains in just three minutes why wildflowers and native plants (also known as a meadow) are so superior to traditional grass lawns.

It won’t be long before many of you begin to get your lawns in shape for the next season. Why not consider converting to a meadow? It will save you time and money as well as being more beautiful and more environmentally beneficial.



A great start to the New Year

Happy New Year everyone! We will be announcing gregg’s gardens’ exciting plans for 2013 very soon, but the year is off to a great start. First, a generous anonymous donor sent us a check to cover the purchase and installation of a high-quality bench to be situated in our showcase garden at Elm and Atlantic across the street from Harding high school.

Then we received another unexpected but very pleasant surprise in the form of a $1250 donation from the Raymond John Wean Foundation to be used as we see fit. We’ve got plans for it already.

Thank you everyone for your support in 2012 and we wish you all the best in 2013. Stay tuned for big news soon.

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