Just thought I would share...hope Jon doesn't mind me taking it upon myself
to send this out....The interbay P-Patch Community Garden along with gardeners
across Seattle's P-Patch program are going to compost the flowers from this
weekends memorial service and use it at the Seattle Center to create a living
"Okay gang, it looks like we have enthusiasm and support in the
garden for taking on the composting of the flowers left by 75,000 people since
Saturday at the International Fountain at the Seattle Center. It will be a big
job and although the compost will go back to the Center for a new memorial
garden it will be a good way for us to get the "community" in Community Garden
to the fore.
Here is the time frame invovled:
5:00-dusk get our bulk storage bins ready to receive over one million flowers
and leaves(if we can locate a source).
TUESDAY: The Community Close
is planned for Tuesday, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the International
Fountain. Residents are invited join Mayor Paul Schell, fire
fighters, and police officers in a procession to remove the wreaths and items
placed in the International Fountain on Saturday to honor the citizenry, fire
and police involved in Tuesday’s
P-Patchers and other volunteers will then join fire fighters, police
and Seattle Center staff in separating flowers and personal cards. The
hundreds of cards will be added to the more than 2,000 notes and drawings
collected on Saturday to be sent to New York City and the District of
Columbia. Some will be preserved for a city memorial.
The flowers and greenery in the International Fountain will be composted
by volunteers at the Interbay Patch Community Garden. On September 11,
2002, Seattle Center will invite the community to help plant a memorial garden
in the compost made from one million flowers in honor of the victims of
this great tragedy.
There have been requests to keep the vigil
going throughout the week, but the flowers are starting to decay. "We don’t want
the morning rains to destroy the personal messages and gifts. We want to
remove the flowers with the touch of human hands while we still can,” said Mayor
P-Patchers are encouraged to bring pitchforks and
wheelbarrows to the Fountain at 10:00 am on Tuesday and to wear your P-Patch
shirt. P-Patchers will supervise the spearation of flowers from
The Seattle Center will deliver the flowers to
SATURDAY: 9:00 AM to ....? P-Patchers and members of the
public will mix flowers with "browns" (to be located), moistened and placed in
the bulk storage bins for composting. As usual, we will gather at the
community table at noon for soup and Ciro.
As we learned in making the
great OYSTERRIFIC COMPOST, many hands make light work. We have the know-how, we
have room, we have a community that says, "Let's do it!" Compost is the ultimate
metaphor of renewal. Your support on any or all of the above-mentionned
times is welcome and appreciated.
"Let man heal the hurt places and revere whatever is still miraculously