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Re: Adopt a street planter: micro community gardens?

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Adopt a street planter: micro community gardens?
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 23:27:50 EST

Tree pit gardening, as we call it in NYC, has been a regular neighborhood 
community gardening practice for decades in Manhattan and the outerboroughs. 

First it starts with signs hung on the tree saying, "Please save this tree, 
don't let this be where you let your dog pee!", or some other cute phrase. Then 
we build up the soil around the tree, making sure there is a metal tube or 
bricks keeping the tree crown exposed, so the tree doesn't rot. 

Then, with the soil improved around the tree, seasonal annuals, or perennials 
like ivy and tiny hosta are planted and maintained by gardeners who belong to 
local block associations, or in the case of the Clinton Community Garden, 
actual regular communiuty gardeners who keep the London Plane trees in front of 
the CCG healthier than the others on the block and planted with attractive 
floral and plant displays. 

Adam Honigman

> Subj: [cg] Adopt a street planter: micro community gardens? 
>  Date: 12/8/04 12:58:09 AM Mid-Atlantic Standard Time
>  From: dboekelheide@yahoo.com
>  To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>  Sent from the Internet 
> from The Herald-Sun, Chapel Hill, NC
> Dec 6, 2004 : 7:02 pm ET
> CHAPEL HILL -- During the holidays, it's not usually
> flowers and foliage that people are thinking about.
> But longtime Chapel Hillian Roland Giduz, a
> coordinator working with the Friends of Downtown
> Chapel Hill, is looking for people who are willing to
> adopt a flower box on Franklin Street. Giduz, who
> takes care of a planter of his own, said he enjoys
> seeing something that he planted grow.
> "I take a lot of pride in beautifying downtown Chapel
> Hill," Giduz said.
> Within one block of Columbia Street, there are
> approximately 15 planters that need tending, and the
> Friends are looking for individuals or groups who can
> adopt.
> Each planter requires routine maintenance about once a
> week. Different greenery specimens can be planted, but
> they do need year-round maintenance and replanting
> with the change of seasons.
> Giduz said pansies grow particularly well this time of
> year, but must be planted in December to ensure their
> survival. Some planters have trees in them as well,
> and are made of brick. Others, mainly the new ones
> made of stone, are still empty and in need of help.
> Landy and Dixon Qualls, who are retired and reside in
> Chapel Hill, adopted their planter this fall because
> they thought they might enjoy tending it. What they
> didn't count on was enjoying it as much as they do.
> "We [adopted] because the planters are so attractive
> for Franklin Street. It really adds a beautiful
> touch," said Dixon Qualls. "We will probably keep it
> for a long time."
> The Quallses tend their stone planter once or twice a
> week by pulling weeds and removing leaves. It only
> takes them about 15 minutes a day, Qualls said. They
> park at Morehead Planetarium and transport gardening
> supplies using a new Radio Flyer wagon.
> Their flower box can be seen blooming with pansies
> right now in front of Battle Hall on the UNC campus.
> They used topsoil to help in the growing process, and
> water it regularly. Its brightness is a cheerful spot
> on a cold, autumn day in Chapel Hill. Tending their
> flower box allows the Quallses to get out in the
> community and see the difference they can make.
> "What makes it nice is being able to see the other
> displays," Dixon Qualls said. "It gives us a reason to
> walk down Franklin Street."
> Since adopting their planter, the Quallses say they
> are more observant about nature, admiring the Rose
> Gardens at Morehead Planetarium each visit and taking
> in the beauty that is downtown Chapel Hill.
> "We enjoy going. We even enjoy the weeding," Dixon
> Qualls said.
> ---
> Want to take part?
> To adopt a planter, call Roland Giduz of the Friends
> of Downtown Chapel Hill at 942-2194. There is no cost
> for the adoption. The only requirement is to provide
> the love and attention that's necessary to help the
> greenery grow.

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