Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 21 Work Session

This past Sunday October 21st had an awesome turnout and many new faces! The abundance of help enabled us to rake leaves off the sidewalk and from around the plants. It was easier to see bare spots that could use plants. More ajugas were planted, thanks to Kim for bringing them. The remainder of the mulch was spread around. An old table was found overturned in the former Jenks garden on Ardleigh and brought over to the enclosure to serve as a crafts table for classes. Many thanks to Angela, David/Jeremias, Kim/Skip and family, Scott, James/James, Melissa and family, Susan and her mother and child, Haviva, and potential parent Michael.

The shed is up!

Our work session on October 14 had a great turnout and we managed to get a donated shed set up! (see pictures) The shed came from a resident on Rex St and she was very happy to give us the shed through Freecycle. Now we can store our tools and lock them up! We also spent the same day planting roses, hostas, ajugas, lilies, and carving more of the new path. Thanks to Kim for bringing the ajugas and Dustin/Dave for bringing the other plants and Angela for bringing donuts and juice. From left to right in the group shot: (standing) Dustin, Angela, Scott, Adam; (sitting) Dave, Jeremias. Kim took the photo. Click on each picture to see a larger version in a slide show.

New roses.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Greetings everyone! This is a long-overdue update, but we have nonetheless been keeping up with the garden work bit by bit. Since the last post (where did summer go?), we added new plants such as astilbe, two rain barrels (yay!), and cleaned and replanted/mulched the corners with beautiful flowers for the summer. We have been very proud of the corner work and passers-by have noticed. A large amount of mulch was purchased over the summer and spread over the corners and around many individual plants - and there's still more mulch to use. We started cutting down vegetation near Ardleigh to create a path on the highest ridge to be able to reach plants up there and reduce some of the maintenance needed.

Angela Stewart and Adam Eyring have officially been designated as the co-chairs of the Beautification Committee. We prepared a long-range plan that outlines the work needed to do (many are ideas for now)and when. Please ask if you'd like to see it. The plan also includes ways for students to be involved this fall, including planting daffodil bulbs, starting milkweed seeds, and making fall decorations for the front. We also agreed on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, 10 am-1 pm, to be our work sessions. The next one is October 7th, so please come out! Thank you for your support!