Beer grows on Porter

2015-06-22 00.02.44Just 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.

Fund raising update

money.flowerFunds 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 info@warrenexpressed.org 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.

A lot going on

pWow, 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.

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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.