2010-2015 Club Boulevard Garden Plan (draft)

The Garden Club decided to take the long view on these plans.  These are draft plans for Club and they take into account how Club Blvd. is changing with the new construction in relation to where gardens may spring up.  We would love to have your input on these plans (as well as your expertise).  Please sign up on this blog or at the Garden Table at Multicultural Night (March 11) or Health and Wellness Showcase.

Here are the plans: clubgarden2010

Sign up in the comments if you are interested.  We would like to have a garden planning meeting to review the plans.  Each part of the campus is divided up into a separate plan – each can have its own planning or work group and timeline.

Watch for more on these plans.

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Draft Dumpster Landscape Plan

The Club Garden Club received a Keep Durham Beautiful grant!  Hurray.  Many thanks to Lea Bingham for applying and getting the grant for Club.  Our plan is to spruce up the plot of land in front of the dumpsters and plant some shrubbery that will cover the sight of the dumpsters from neighbors and pedestrians.

Here is the proposed plan: clubdumpsterland (it is a powerpoint file)

Many thanks to Grayson Baur for his sage and timely advice.

The plan is on hold according to DPS’s landscaping contractor as they may be doing some work in this area.  Stay tuned.

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Links to a great Durham school garden blog

For anyone interested in Durham school gardens, healthy lunches or other revolutionary ideas, please check out

Growing Gardeners

Here is a great summary of school gardens across the USA with plenty of links on how to create your own –

Civil Eats: School Gardens

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Meeting with Principal Copeland

Lea Bingham, Bridget Bishop and Mark Dessauer met with Principal Copeland on October 6th to discuss the garden/grounds impact (and exciting opportunities) of the new construction at Club.  Principal Copeland shared some of his ideas, experience and the actual plans for the future of Club Boulevard’s grounds and gardens.  The garden club will look in the coming weeks to prioritize the work areas around Club and create a long term plan for improving and maintaining the gardens.  We will welcome input from staff, PTA, parents and other interested folks.  More details will be forthcoming.

One initial task will be providing better landscaping/cover for the dumpsters off Glendale

Here is the before shot –

Still life with dumpsters

Still life with dumpsters

Site plan (this includes the future changes).  More on this soon.

Map of future changes to Club's grounds and facilities

Map of future changes to Club's grounds and facilities

The next workday is Saturday November 7th from 8 until noon.

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Garden Workday October 7th 2009

Creating the garden art signs

Creating the garden art signs

Mulching and weeding at Club

Mulching and weeding at Club

Thanks to everyone who participating in the first Club Boulevard Garden workday of the 2009/2010 school year.  We had a full crew making mulch mountains into molehills.  Coffee was provided by Joe Van Gogh, bagels by Bruggers and juice from the Green family.  We spent the Saturday morning on several key tasks:

  • transplanting several ‘lost’ azaleas
  • From out of the shadows and into the sunlight

    From out of the shadows and into the sunlight

    weeding the front entrance and side drive line areas

  • mulching the front gardens
  • painting several garden art signs (kids activity)
  • removing all traces of poison ivy from the front grounds
  • cleaning the Club Boulevard sign
  • planting several new Lenten Roses and Liriope up front
  • cleaning all trash around the front and sides of the school

Everything looked shiny, mulched and new on Monday morning and we heard several nice comments about the changes.  We will have another garden workday on Saturday November 7th at 8am. We only ask that you show up ready to get dirty and clean up Club.

Club Boulevard sign shines

Club Boulevard sign shines

We have been discussing larger and longer term plans for the grounds at Club including gardens, aesthetically pleasing dumpster camoflage and the impact of the new construction on the grounds.  More details in a future email.

Finally I would like to thank the participants: Bridget, Walt, Debbie and Emmet Bishop; Will Rafe Cardwell; Catherine and Eleanor Green; Amber, Abigail, Elliot Something; Lea and Something Bingham and Mark, Betsy, Oscar and Theo Dessauer.  Please add or correct any errors on this list.

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Digging in the dirt

Welcome to anyone interested in getting their hands dirty, school beautified and their green thumbs rewarded.  The Club Boulevard Elementary Garden Club is about to fall into action.  Stay tuned for more details including School Yard Work Days on October 3rd and November 7th.

Cheers

Mark

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