Project GREEN Gardens (PGG), meeting #1, 2024

Hi All,

Project GREEN volunteers’ first work session for 2024 is planned May 6 from 9 – 11 a.m.  The address is 820 Park Road and there are 26 parking places waiting for us to use.  If more parking is needed we can park along Normandy Drive.  Our work sessions are planned for Mondays, unless some event like Memorial Day interferes.  In cases like this we will plan for a Tuesday, 9 – 11 a.m.  If we have inclement weather, I will cancel our work session by 7:30 a.m. by email.  Any questions, give me a call 319-430-6649.  I would like to put together a 2024 Volunteers List with email and cell phone numbers.  I will collect this information the first couple weeks of May.  If anyone would be willing to organize a list like this to share with all the volunteers, please let me know.  I will also collect hours spent working at the 2024 PGG.  Please let me know if you’ve done any extra work besides our Monday morning, 9 – 11 a.m. sessions. Your time will be added to our 2024 total.  FYI: In 2023 Project GREEN Volunteers donated 26 weeks working at the Gardens totaling 1008 1/2 hours!  

Our two hour work sessions go quickly!  Please be prepared with gloves, hat, working shoes, bug spray, and your favorite garden tools.  Labeling your tools with a permanent marker is important and bring a bucket (with your name on it) to carry your supplies & tools is helpful.  Project GREEN has a nice collection of tools to borrow in the garage if needed.  We have been given permission to use the restroom in the lower level of the Ashton House.  Our first session will include general clean-up of our beds and surrounding areas.  We have tarps to collect debris which will be collected and taken to the Iowa City landfill.  

Expect a weekly up-date about the PGG and progress made by volunteers.  If you would like your name removed from this email list, please let me know.  If you know of anyone wanting to join our merry band of gardeners, please invite them to our Monday morning sessions.  All are welcome!

Here are a few pictures beginning with November 14, 2023 and the glory of autumn, followed by a picture taken by Cindy Parsons showing the aftermath of the January 11 – 14, 2024  Iowa Blizzard and Extreme Cold.   

The following pictures were taken in March, 2024 showing springtime beauty at the PGG.

A group of architects (OPN) met at the PGG April 24 to collect winter’s debris around the Gardens. Pictured below are two tarps full of sticks, branches, and leaves with another filled tarp not pictured. A total of 4 hours were donated to the PGG by these hardworking volunteers. Project GREEN sends Steve Erickson and crew of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation a huge THANK-YOU for faithfully collecting our weekly debris and taking to the Iowa City Landfill.

I am looking forward to seeing the Project GREEN volunteers next Monday! It’s time to start building our hours count for 2024. Right now we have 4 hours to build upon. See you soon and until then, happy gardening! Diane

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