Project Plant Celebrates 20 Years of gardening the City of Athens

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Courtesy of The Athens Messenger, Sunday, August 7, 2005 issue.

(For a more easily readable news story click here.)

It Seemed Like Such a Simple Idea...

...when we first met in the Fall of 1984. Some flower baskets to brighten Court Street where several fires had scarred it. Spring bulbs and a bed of marigolds on an East State Street traffic island to cheer residents and welcome visitors.

One Thing Led to Another...

... and, as you can see from the Athens Messenger page to the left, we have been pruning, planting, weeding and carrying on ever since.

Starting in June 1985, the wrought-iron flower baskets that we commissioned from Athens High Industrial Technology students, beautified the street for many simmers.

Then came the traffic island gardens that greet residents and visitors at the City's entries. After that first one on the East State Street- Route 33 entry, we added more: Stimson Avenue at East State Street, Columbus Road at Route 33, two island gardens at the Richland Avenue/Route 682 entry, the Second Street/Lancaster Avenue corner, Madison Avenue at East State Street, and the Athens County Convention and Visitors' Center at Man- sfield House.

We also started many other City gardens that are now maintained by part-time City landscapers. The City installs the flower baskets on Washington Street in the center of town.

How Does Our Gardening Grow?

The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau has supported us with tourism funds as has Athens City Council. This year the Athens Foundation gave us a $600 grant for spring bulbs; the O'Bleness and Athens Foundations have given us grants in the past. But the most generous, most consistent funding for this delightful civic enterprise comes from the citizens of Athens City and County. Thank you all!

Help celebrate our 20th anniversary year: PLANT A LOT!

Rave Reviews!

Our East State Street traffic island gets rave reviews. Want to know what those hot plants are? Visit our State Street Plantings page and see in glorious color what Thyme and Again Gardening planted for us this year.


Like to help us?

You can join in the gardening that helps make Athens such a remarkable place
by sending a tax deductible contribution to:

Project Plant, P. O. Box 5676, Athens OH 45701.


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