Fall 2007   

Project Plant's Gardens Keep On Blooming in Long, Dry Summer

This year's long dry spell...

...turned out to be a good time to experiment with a tough plant on Project Plant's two big City entry gardens at Richland Avenue: catmint. Funded by an Athens Foundation grant, this spreading perennial adds a feathery blue spike to the garden's foundation. The grant also bought mulch for all of our eight gardens.

Photo by Tom Stork
Stan Vitchner, our contractor, began working for us in June
and is shown above on the Stimson Avenue island.

Our Mansfield House Garden to be on 2008 Humane Society Garden Tour

Next summer's Humane Society Garden Tour will include the garden we tend at the Mansfield House, 667 East State Street, where the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau has its home. One of the sweetest gardens in town, the beds line the walks around the historic wood frame house. Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism funds support this and our other gardens.

East State Street City Entry Garden Recovering Nicely

Way back in January a truck plowed into the traffic island near Bob Evans Restaurant. No injuries, thank heavens, but the bed of daffodils and pansies sleeping beneath the snow was never the same. The crew from Thyme and Again Gardens, our long-term contractor, fixed what could be fixed. Christina Deshaies, founder of Thyme and Again now volunteers design work for us. Stan Vitchner, who became our contractor in June, planted it, plus the other City entry gardens. He will plant new spring-flowering bulbs late this fall, renewing our oldest, busiest traffic island garden.

Photo by Tom Stork
Project Plant volunteers (left to right) Naomi Stork, Muriel Frederick, and Alvi McWilliams weed the Mansfield House garden, Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 667 East State Street, in Athens.

The Other Project Plant Gardens Are Looking Swell, Too

Our other City entry gardens include traffic islands at the intersection of Stimson Avenue at East State; Columbus Road near WATH; Madison Avenue across from Athens Flower Shop on East State; and the Second Street/Columbus Road corner. All the gardens we do grew out of a project to brighten Court Street after fires in the 1980s. Wrought-iron flower baskets, produced by Athens High Industrial Technology students, beautified the street for many summers. City landscapers now install them on Washington Street; the City also cares for many other gardens we started.

Our Gardens Flourish Because of YOU

Our most generous funding, for over twenty years, has come from the citizens of Athens City and County. We thank you.

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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