Fall 2008   

Project Plant Begins 25th Year Of Gardening the City of Athens

Muriel at Mansfield House

Muriel Frederick of Project Plant prunes yarrow and Russian sage in the Mansfield House garden, 667 E. State Street.

When we started down our Athens garden path in the fall of 1984, we believed our efforts would boost the pride and the vitality of the City. Athens is a much different place today, and our gardens have become a colorful part of the City's vibrant character.

Annual Humane Society Garden Tour Will Start at Mansfield House Garden

Our most ambitious garden is at the Mansfield House, 667 East State Street, where the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau has its office. This was the starting point garden for the 2008 Humane Society Garden Tour, and it will be for future garden tours. So keep the tour date of the last Sunday in June reserved for a visit this Project Plant jewel, not to mention a half dozen more great Athens gardens.

We Couldn't Help Ourselves: Confessions of Weeders Anonymous

You may have noticed Project Plant volunteers weeding away at the Athens County Library on Home Street, or along the front fence of the Athens Community Center on East State. Both areas are public sites with wonderful plantings that were under attack by weeds. On Tuesday mornings during the garden season, we continue the battle. We invite you to join us. Call 593-3294 for more information.

Project Plant's City Entry Gardens Greet Visitors, Cheer Athenians

Our other City entry gardens include the two big traffic islands at Rt. 682 entry to Richland Avenue; 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. The City also cares for many other gardens we started.

Thanks to the Athens Police Department, a new garden has been created in front of the APD on College Street with plants from our Richland Avenue gardens,and bulbs from our East State islands. Our contractor Stan Vitchner provided plants thinned from our garden. Christina Deshaies of Project Plant designed it. Others also gave plants.

state street tulips
Photo by Stan Zalek
On our East State Street traffic island red and yellow Triumph tulips stand above yellow Peony tulips and a blanket of blue pansies. Look for the yellow tulips this spring at the Athens Police Dept. on College Street.

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! Help us keep Athens blooming by sending a contribution.

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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