This gig for you?

015_4The project to create the Garden District could use your help; or perhaps you know someone who would be perfect for the job. The tasks we need help with are described below. One person could do both, but they could also easily be split between two people. It could be fun for dos amigos to work together.

We are going to offer really nice redwood planters, plus soil and flowers, for free, to 50 residents of the Garden District. (For more detail read this recent post.) We will be mailing this offer to every household in the neighborhood – about 300 homes – sometime in April. Anyone who wishes to accept the offer will have the option of signing up via email, but many of the residents will prefer to sign up by telephone. We need someone to accept those calls and emails and to keep an organized list of the names and contact information.

You will need to be a computer and internet user and be willing to accept probably around 50 telephone calls, which will all come inside a 10 day window. Frankly, we think the number of calls will be fewer than 50 based on previous neighborhood projects.

Part 2 of the job (or the separate job) is chief flower buyer. This job requires putting together a list of flowers we want to buy for the boxes (you’ll have help with this) and then calling between three and five local nurseries to get quote for delivering them to a central location in the Garden District sometime in May, when we will have a distribution party.

So that’s it. Can you help? If you are like the rest of us you will find that being a part of the Garden District project is both fun and satisfying. If interested, drop us a note at

New features at Alumni Garden

2015-10-08 03.26.09This 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.


Can you pull a couple weeds?

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

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.

Wildflowers or weeds?

To some people a garden can only be something with regimented rows of specific flowers or vegetables organized by type or color that is lovingly weeded and watered every day. That’s not what gregg’s gardens are all about so for the people mentioned above ours will probably never be their idea of gardens.

This is addressed in a recent piece from legendary Columbus Dispatch columnist John Switzer, “Weeds to some, wildflowers to others.” It is well worth a read. Thanks to Wild Bunch member and former Warrenite Janet Stroup Kasler for sending it our way.

We need a couple volunteers

We’re getting a lot of social media play on the July 6th benefit (see June 24th post for details) at Christ Episcopal. We could have 300+ people there, which would be an outstanding fund-raising opportunity. We have our tee shirts sellers but we have another opportunity to make a few bucks if we can get a couple of volunteers to help.
The church will let us sell refreshments at the event. We need someone — probably two people — to purchase some snacks, bring them to the church and sell them. Soda, popcorn, candy — stuff like that. You get to decide. There will be no financial risk; the band will guarantee the purchase price and gregg’s gardens will keep any profit.
Email me at if you can take charge of this.

PNC grants us $5000!

Warren, Ohio, Wednesday, June 27, 2013: For Immediate Release

gregg’s gardens announced today that it has received a $5000 grant from the PNC Foundation in support of the Warren volunteer group’s effort to create a Garden District near downtown Warren. The creation of a Garden District is an economic development program designed to make the 22 square block area just north of downtown Warren a more desirable place to visit and live.

The initiative will plant gardens in 58 vacant lots and up to 50 lots that are now occupied by condemned houses. Most of the gardens will feature wildflowers and native plants but several plots will consist of community vegetable gardens, plus one quarter-acre field of barley.

“Communities thrive when residents are engaged in efforts to revitalize their neighborhoods,” said Ted Schmidt, regional president for PNC Bank, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation. “By involving those most invested in reclaiming the city’s blighted areas, gregg’s gardens and TNP are planting the seeds of positive change in our community.”

“We believe that leveraging the city’s demolition of vacant houses to create gardens allows us to reclaim this neighborhood and better position it as an attractive place for economic development,” said gregg’s gardens volunteer Dennis Blank.

“Walkability is a huge factor in revitalizing neighborhoods and residents in the proposed Garden District will be able to easily walk to downtown, Harding High School and nearby parks,” said Matt Martin, Program Director for Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP), the fiscal agent and operational engine for the project.

Other major funders of this project include The Trumbull 100, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, the Warren G. Harding classes of 1967, ‘68 and ’69, Friends and Family of Gregg Snyder, The Dominion Foundation, AVI Foodsystems, Diane Sauer Chevrolet, All American Cards and Comics, Vlad Pediatrics, Carl W. Hall Funeral Services, The Horse Shoe Bar, Rotary Club and more than 250 other local businesses and individuals.

Benefit for gregg’s gardens

During the height of Beatlemania in the mid to late 1960’s and 1970’s, hardly a neighborhood existed where you wouldn’t find a garage or basement rec room filled with earnest young people enthusiastically strumming and drumming  their versions of the hit music of the day. 

This was the beginning of The Golden Age of Rock, and if you grew up in Warren among the best of these bands were The Holes in the Road, The Shaddows, and MF Rattlesnake.  These bands dominated the local music scene; headlining shows at venues like The Gold Record, Champion Rollerarena, The Bobcat Club, Packard Music Hall, Lefty and Jim’s, The Patio and the legendary dances at Christ Episcopal Church. 

Now nearly forty years later, members of these bands Gary McCoy, Doug Thomas, Dennis Csiszer and Gary Sloas are returning to the Christ Episcopal Church stage to present an evening of the greatest rock music duets of all-time in a fun-filled show called “The Power of Two”.  

The show will include performances of great duets from The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, Peter & Gordon, The Bee Gees and many more.  Many talented area musicians will also be featured including Liz Lewis (The Mainstreet Lions), Tom and Cara Smeltzer (Full House), Rick Hartley (Sideshow), Jay Wonders, and Rosalie Opalka.  Lighting and sound engineering will be provided by Dante Divincenzo.

“We are very happy to be able get the band together one more time to benefit this community which has meant so much to all of us for so many years” said Thomas who recently returned to the area after living in Georgia and Tennessee for a number of years.  “There’s nothing I enjoy more than playing music with these folks right here in Warren and how appropriate to be able to do it at Christ Episcopal Church, the scene of so many fantastic musical events past and present.”    

Proceeds from the event will benefit gregg’s gardens and the effort to create a Garden District in Warren’s oldest neighborhood. For more information please visit

The show will be held in the parish hall at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday July, 6th beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The church is located at 2627 Atlantic St. NE in Warren. 

Admission is free; however, a donation to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership in support of gregg’s gardens is requested.