The 49th Ward has long been home to many great community gardening projects. This spring we have seen a wonderful new commitment to these activities by small groups of neighbors, block clubs, businesses and the newly formed Rogers Park Garden Group. Beatifully planted parkways and street corners are popping up all around the community. And you can help this weekend – no green thumb required.
Our thanks to Rogers Park resident, Michi Schulenberg for forwarding these photos (below) of the corner of Sheridan Road and Chase, where neighbors took on a corner planting project during the 2007 Annual 49th Ward Spring Clean Up. What a difference thay made! And they got a little help from their neighboring businesses.
Neighbors, Jan, Craig, Glen, Nancy, Michi and Jennifer had a great time planting the corner. The owners of the Super 8 Motel, Nadu and Sanjay Patel, were very impressed and volunteered to make sure the plants get watered regularly. Later, when Jan checked on the watering plans and discussed plans to do the opposite corner, the Patels donated $150 to defray the costs. Joanne Ventrella of the Lakeshore Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center was also very excited by the project and chipped in $200. Given that the original plantings were all with donated materials (blocks and plants from Steve and Michael, plants, soil and mulch from Jan and Craig, Tom and Michi, and various plants from Nancy and from the 49th Ward Spring Clean Up program), this participation by the two business neighbors was very appreciated.
That is the kind of neighborhood partnership that makes a community strong and it is happening all over Rogers Park, West Ridge and Edgewater.
Want to be part of these types of activities? In connection with the Artists of the Wall Festival in Loyola Park this Saturday, the Rogers Park Garden Group will be planting flowers, bushes, and other plants in the two large flower beds at the south east end of Morse Avenue from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Volunteers to assist with the planting are more than just welcome. They are needed! So, if you have some extra time, please stop by and help out. Green thumbs are not required.
Thanks to our many neighbors who contribute to making this community a beautiful place to live and work. You continue to prove that a diverse urban community like ours can literally grow and thrive!