RE: boulevard gardens
- Subject: RE: [cg] boulevard gardens
- From: "Jim Call" <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 15:46:08 -0600
- Importance: Normal
that here in Huntsville, the landscaping dept. only
uses secure elements when constructing flowerbeds or other garden
related projects. In areas in which there are many public gatherings (i.e.
public parks), this is especially enforced. In times of civil
disobedience, protesters usually look for loose objects (stones, timbers, etc.)
as objects to vent their defiance. Safety factors are of
course also considered.
idea. Instead of using loose rocks to border flowerbeds, use
castleblocks. I have noticed our city using
them. For safety reasons, on the top layer, use exterior construction
glue to secure it in place to the lower levels. They come
in several colors. No, they do not represent a "natural" selection,
but they are "safety oriented" and visitors can actually sit on them to view the
flowers or to rest.
as using timbers as a hardscape, I have one thing to say about using wood
when it comes in contact with the soil. Wood
rots. Think longevity. Since most of the members on
this listserv are organic-minded, pressure-treated wood is not an option to
Best of luck in your endeavor, Jim
Call] -----Original Message-----
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Anna
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 4:52 PM
Subject: [cg] boulevard
To any of you out there in
the community gardening community who have experience in the area of boulevard
Please help me convince the City of Saint Paul Public Works
Department that rocks, timbers and other garden elements on boulevards are not
a public safety hazard.
Saint Paul has allowed boulevard gardening for several
years, but recently an elderly person complained about difficulty being
dropped off because of the rocks edging a boulevard garden.
Public Works has responded with a huge litany of dangers
involved in having anything except soft grass or soft plant material on these
boulevards. This includes the fact that you can twist your ankle on
rocks, you can fall of your skateboard and land on the rocks, and kids can
take those rocks and put them in the middle of the street. The dark
scenario they spin winds up with the old familiar threat of a law suit against
the City that, no matter which way it turns out, will cost them enormous sums
If any of your cities promote boulevard gardens and have any
literature, evidence, policies or history of experience with boulevard
gardening which would counter this attempt to rid boulevards of any hardscape,
please let me know.
For those of you who know the Twin Cities, Minneapolis has
had a "Blooming Boulevards" program for years and it has transformed the
City. We'll be using their experience to bolster our campaign, but we
can use all the help we can get.
Farm in the City
1312 Dayton Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota