Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Plant Exchange, Davis St. Gardens Update, and Isabel Piedmont-Smith Constituent Meeting

Annual Bryan Park Neighborhood Plant/Seed Exchange
The annual Bryan Park Neighborhood Plant/Seed Exchange will take place on Sunday, April 25th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the home of Ria Collee. The address is 932 S. Henderson St. (on the North corner of Allen and Henderson). Please bring any garden plants that you want to share, or seedlings (flowers, vegetables, etc.) that need a home. Tables will be set up on the Allen Street side to place the plants on. Ria has a Backyard Wildlife Habitat garden and is a Habitat Stewart. If anyone is interested in making their yard/garden more wildlife friendly and starting a Backyard Wildlife garden, she can help you. She will have native wildflower plants to give away, such as echinaceas, penstemons, lance-leaved coreopsis, false blue sienna, blue vervain, sundrops, goosenecks and black-eyed susans as well as vegetable seedlings. If you don’t have anything to give away, come anyway and give some plants a home or take away some seeds to start a garden. This event is a great way to meet the other gardeners in your neighborhood and it has always been a great deal of fun. For more information about this event contact Ria, at 336-2512 or mcollee@indiana.edu.

Davis Street Gardens Update - April 2010
The Davis Street community garden is located on the north side of Davis Street, and located between Grant and Palmer. The garden consists of 24 plots of land, each 10 feet square. Residents of the Bryan Park Neighborhood can sign up for a free plot, or more, by contacting the Garden Coordinator Ria Collee. E-mail mcollee@indiana.edu, or by phone 336-2512. The lots are numbered with the numbers painted on a stone that marks each lot. All of the plots have some sun, but the lots on the west side are sunnier than the lots towards the east, which have semi-shade at different times of the day. Currently, lots 4, 6-9, 13, 18-19 and 21 are available. The soil is in pretty good shape, plants and flowers have been doing well. There is mulch available on the east end of the gardens by the creek’s culvert. It came mostly from pine trees but has now aged for a year and should no longer be too acidic. The full guidelines for the garden are available at: http://bryanpark.blogspot.com/search/label/Gardening. Please join us to make the gardens more beautiful than ever by adopting a plot this year.
District 5 Constituent Meeting with Isabel Piedmont-Smith
Isabel Piedmont-Smith's monthly District 5 constituent meeting will be this Saturday, April 24, from 11:00am-noon at Rachael's Cafe, 300 E. 3rd St. (corner of 3rd and Lincoln). Get involved in your community, enjoy free coffee, and meet interesting people! Isabel will provide a summary of city council activities. As well as serving as Bloomington's City Council President, Isabel has been busy working on behalf of Disctict 5. You can see her lastest report on City Council activities on her Web site: http://www.piedmontforcouncil.org/UP%20Mar27-10.htm.

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