Garden Walk 2015

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Hundreds of visitors strolled the neighborhood Sunday afternoon July 12th for our first annual Garden Walk – featuring 15 locations hosted by our gracious Garden Walk hosts – who shared their garden spaces and chatted with the steady stream of interested visitors from throughout Monroe County and even served refreshing lemonade and cucumber water.

Thanks to the garden hosts; to the planning committee: Kathy Gardner, Carrie Riley, Ellen Rosen, Aaron Rosen, John Rudy, Nancy Sears, Esther Brill; to volunteers Maureen Duggan, Marie McEneaney, Betsy Kubick, Sarah & Katie Pastecki, Marianne & Tom Pastecki; to East Avenue Dentistry: Drs. Harry and Aaron Rosen, Bruce Davie: Useless Objects, Michael Hannen Plants, Chris Froehlich: Rochester Civic Garden Center; and appreciation for all the support and encouragement we received from the City of Rochester: Nancy Johns-Price, Sara Scott and Jim Farr.

We received a full-page photo spread in the Democrat & Chronicle: Nancy Sears is quoted: “This is our neighborhood – we wanted to do something to promote our neighborhood as walkable, cycle-able… We have a very strong neighborhood association – we do a lot of events just to get all the neighbors knowing each other and building a sense of community.”   http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/07/12/abc-streets-garden-tour-park-avenue-rochester-new-york/30053709/

ABC garden photo greeting cards and Park Avenue 2015 pint glasses  (thanks Jim Hondorf and Kevin Hamblin!) were offered at the event, and are still available for sale. Photos from the garden walk are HERE.

Spring Planting in Morrison Park

D7K_4351Thanks to our neighbors and friends who helped out on a beautiful Sunday morning to plant annuals.  We even had a gardener in training who helped dig holes and spread mulch.  Also thanks to Sara Scott from the City who organized the Rochester Blossoms event and made the plants available for our garden.

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Clean Sweep 2014 Recap

WOW !!!  The only way to describe this year’s event.  Not only did we have a strong neighborhood turnout but several groups from outside our neighborhood were assigned to our projects.  Everyone involved did an outstanding job and we dare anyone to find a stray piece of debris on any street from A-G.  Morrison Park had about 20 people pruning, weeding, raking, shoveling and laying mulch to great effect.   A special thanks to those groups that volunteered from outside our neighborhood – the guys from Erdman Anthony at the Culver Road Armory and the team from Hillside Chlildren’s Center.  Peyton from Hillside was a star and showed his muscle shoveling and laying down mulch.  Luckily we worked quickly enough so that the last shovelful of mulch was being spread as the raindrops started to fall.  As part of the citywide event, we handed out about 30 vouchers to the volunteers for the afternoon Red Wings Game. ABC Streets NA Board Members Jim Hondorf and Kevin Hamblin led the charge this year and thanks go out to them for their hard work.

Photos of your neighbors working hard can be found HERE.

One more step to finish in Morrison Park – plant annuals and mulch in the stone garden under the sign on Sunday, May 18th at 9 AM.  Join us if you can and bring a spade/work gloves.

Fall Clean Sweep

The weather cooperated on Saturday with bright sunny skies and warm temps as a troop of neighbors, armed with rakes and trimmers, got together to put Morrison Park “to bed” for the Winter.  The hostas were cropped and the leaves were raked and some new tulip bulbs were planted so that we can capture the first hints of Spring.  Thanks to everyone from the neighborhood who participated and thanks also to Nancy Johns Price and her city team that lent us the gear and made sure the street got cleaned up when we were done.MiniCleanSweep