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  • April is National Garden Month!
    riots stores were closed and people stayed indoors For days the only food people had was what was left on their shelves It was at that point that Anna Marie Carter decided to combine her love of cooking and food and her dedication to her community to create a better way of life in Watts In 1994 she started a small business selling organic seeds seedlings and produce in Watts As her business quickly grew she became known as the Seed Lady of Watts Seven years later in 2001 she formed the Watts Garden Club to spread the word about organic gardening The club consists of almost 200 volunteers that build organic gardens for others in Watts teach about nutrition and gardening and develop entrepreneurial garden related businesses for young people Watts CSA To get more fresh organic produce to more residents of Watts Anna Marie started a CSA Community Supported Agriculture project with a Malibu organic farmer Twice a week she brings fresh produce to the inner city Not only do residents pay for the produce they also chip in a little extra to buy food for shut ins There are many Watts residents that physically can t or don t feel safe leaving their homes Delivering fresh produce to these people not only gives them nutritious food it also makes them feel more connected to the community Teach the Children It s the young people that Anna Marie mostly wants to reach Watts has a cycle of welfare she says Some families have been on the system for three or four generations I want to teach the young people that they can be self sufficient and support themselves All the money the kids make in the gardening business is put into a fund until they re 18 Then they will receive a cash grant to help them start their own business go to school or do whatever they need to do We don t accept any city state or federal monies This project shows us we have everything we need right here in Watts says Anna Marie To learn more about the Watts Garden Club go to their Web site at www wattsgardenclub org Green Guerrillas Using gardens to rebuild a community may start with individuals such as Anna Marie but it often grows into movements that change the face of a city Liz Christy a Lower East Side artist energized New York City s community gardening movement in 1973 She gathered friends and neighbors together to clean out a vacant lot and plant gardens Their Bowery Houston Farm and Garden became a model that inspired gardeners in other New York neighborhoods Today the Green Guerrillas is an influential advocacy group in the city supporting more than 700 community garden groups These gardens not only provide beauty food and gathering places for neighborhood residents they are training grounds for community leaders who help improve all aspects of life in the city To learn more about the Green Guerrillas

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    Making public places beautiful makes people feel complimented says Lynden You make it gorgeous and they will come Keep it that way and they will help you care for it Plants have an ability to transform people s lives Lynden is not only driven to beautify public spaces she s also a stickler for making sure they last After renovating the Conservancy Garden she raised an endowment of 1 5 million dollars to pay for its continued maintenance including a staff of five full time horticulturists As the garden s director she still oversees its care When I started the Conservatory Garden the surrounding areas were rundown says Lynden Now nearby housing projects have landscaping and window boxes Nobody believed it could happen at Bryant Park Now there are lovely shops and restaurants near the park Good parks reduce crime help teachers and schools and raise real estate values bringing more taxes to the city But until we can create a vocal constituency that will howl like stuck pigs when the parks department gets their funding cut there will always be other things that come first New Yorkers for Parks a 70 year old non profit organization that reinvented itself in 2002 as an advocacy group is trying to expand that constituency with Lynden as co director and bandleader She admits to being a political junkie and ever since she saw the impact a public garden can have she s had the momentum to make things happen The Daffodil Project Lynden was feeling terrible for her city after 9 11 so she obtained a gift of a million daffodil bulbs as a living memorial to those who died and raised the money for the shipping Then working with the Parks Department she organized 10 000 volunteers to plant them in the fall of 2001 in all five boroughs of the city The following year they planted another half million bulbs The Daffodil Project is now an annual planting with both public and private support I make sure the bulbs go to the poorest parts of the city says Lynden I want them to be in parks where people haven t seen a flower in years Lynden s ambitious goal is to make New York a better place to live I m a New Yorker she says We roll up our sleeves and get things done To learn more about Lynden s organization New Yorkers for Parks visit www ny4p org America in Bloom Like New York cities and towns across the country are using the beauty of gardens to improve all aspects their communities To encourage beautification on a municipal level the non profit organization America in Bloom was formed Their goal is to encourage and provide support for citizens municipal governments local organizations and businesses to work together to enhance the visual appeal of America s neighborhoods parks open spaces and streets through the imaginative use of flowers plants and trees America in Bloom includes environmental awareness and preservation

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    hands on experiences such as woodworking The summer classes were such a hit that Roberta approached the principal of the primary and elementary schools about beautifying the campus with flowers She diligently planted all types of flowers on the grounds up fences and in containers The kids were delighted to have flowers surrounding them at school and to have some to take home Sowing the Seed That first year Roberta also got the kids and teachers involved in installing sixteen 10 by 20 foot classroom gardens around the school The teachers were so enthusiastic they incorporated the gardens in their classroom curricula to teach subjects such as science math reading and writing Roberta even had a plan for summer maintenance where kids and volunteers signed up to care for the school gardens Now they were off and running Fueled by Roberta s passion gardens sprang up everywhere around the school There were perennial gardens a gourd patch and even gardens in the recess area The amazing thing was that no school money was spent to create these gardens All the plants were donated and labor was volunteered School Gardens Grow The school gardens have taken on a life of their own This year 15 more classroom gardens are being installed The local Hilton Garden Inn is sponsoring an herb garden at the school as part of their partnership with the National Gardening Association s Kids Gardening Program To learn more about this unique partnership go to the Hilton Garden Inn Web site at www hiltongardeninn com en gi promotions gardens program jhtml School kitchen staff and chefs from the Hilton Garden Inn will use herbs harvested from the garden Pumpkins from the school patch will be used for the annual fall harvest festival A generous dahlia breeder donated enough plants for a 100 foot long row planted along a playground fence Roberta originally named the program Granny s Gardeners to show appreciation for the volunteers who helped set up and run the gardens This year she renamed it Granny s School Garden to reflect how the gardens have become an integral part of the fabric and classroom life of Loveland Primary Elementary Schools The most satisfying part is knowing that these gardens are bigger than just one person says Roberta I may have been instrumental in starting them but they ll live on in the school long after I m gone What better legacy for a granny to leave to not only her own grandchildren but to hundreds of others as well Youth Garden Grants Granny s School Garden is just one of thousands of school programs across the country using gardening as a way to inspire and educate kids The National Gardening Association has awarded hundreds of Youth Garden Grants to kid s gardening programs across the country over the last 15 years Each grant consists of seeds plants tools and educational resources to support new youth gardening programs and help established ones expand National Gardening also offers several

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    predatory insects so you can learn who your allies are How to Grow Daylilies Sure daylilies can be grown with the latest and greatest sprays fertilizers soil mixes greenhouses etc Do they need all that Not here in my central Ohio garden Sempervivum Basic Care An easy and inexpensive way to get started with sempervivums is to grow them in containers But that s not the only reason to plant them in containers All About Coleus Talk about beautiful foliage and versatility all in one plant Coleus can be used in your gardens containers patio gardens flower arrangements or even as a houseplant They can be trailing plants or bushy mounds The leaves can be lacy ruffled smooth twisted solid colors have contrasting edges or a kaleidoscope of colors big little round pointed In other words something for everyone Creating a Color Theme with Annuals Have you ever thought it would be fun to have a color themed garden Using annuals to enhance a specific color is a lot easier than you may think One of the advantages is that you can change your color theme every year In one of my container beds I like to choose a specific color for the season There is a mix of plant material including annuals roses and tender perennials that are not winter hardy here Here s how it looks from year to year Every year produces a different impression depending on the color scheme Make Your Own Succulent Wreath The directions for making a succulent wreath are very simple The same method can be used for any topiary form using sedum or sempervivum The directions below are for using semps and a wreath frame Want more Gardening Ideas See our past weeks Week 1 Flowers Week 2 Vegetables Week 3 Herbs

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