Press Release for GardenWalk Cleveland 2011

GardenWalk Cleveland
gardenwalkcleveland.org
12541 Cedar Road
Cleveland OH 44106
216-534-6172

GardenWalk Cleveland Advertising

May 2012

We seek to place ads that will bring maximum attention to the beauty and participation with our event. Use of our ad(s) have no charge but we do wish to know when they are being used. Placement does occur in paid  press with sponsorship. We welcome your interest in using them, please contact us at http://gardenwalkcleveland.org to inform us of your intended use. Our ads are the property of Daniel Collin Designs and GardenWalk Cleveland. To find our 2012 ads go to:  http://dcdclients.com/gw2012/ads/ .

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Janet Kious
216-534-6172
gardenwalkcleveland@gmail.com

GardenWalk Cleveland: Saturday June 25, 2011 from 11 am to 7 pm

May 11, 2011. Cleveland, Ohio

GardenWalk Cleveland is the first annual tour of over 100 private home flower gardens in four neighborhoods of Cleveland plus community gardens, urban farms, vineyards and orchards throughout the entire city. GardenWalk is free and self-guided. The neighborhoods featured are Hough, Tremont, Lee- Miles-arvard HHarvard and Detroit Shoreway. GardenWalk hopes to break down some of Cleveland’s historical east-west, black-white divisions by bringing together all people who love gardening. Visitors will get a unique opportunity to see a huge variety of gardens and farms in neighborhoods that they may have only driven through previously. GardenWalk also provides an opportunity to learn about container gardening, keeping bees and hens, growing fruit and vegetables in small spaces and many other horticultural techniques.

Each garden has a unique story, such as Mrs McGregor’s. She is an eighty three year old woman who has lived in Hough most of her life and has been a permaculture gardener for many years. Permaculture is a system of gardening which includes growing edible plants with ornamental ones, uses plants to remediate lead in the soil and grows shorter plants under taller ones. She recently had surgery on a knee and is having difficulty getting her garden ready for GardenWalk so her neighbors are pitching in to help her. Ricardo Sandoval the owner of Fat Cats restaurant in Tremont has herb gardens and an heirloom vegetable garden next to the restaurant. He uses the produce in his recipes during the summer. Ricardo describes himself as one of the “pioneers” who opened a business in Tremont in 1997 before it became a fashionable place to be. He likes the diversity of the city and wants to “give back” by hiring locals and giving them a “hand up.” Mark DiDonato, a school teacher, has a miniature farm in his backyard with raspberry and blackberry bushes, numerous containers with vegetables, an herb spiral garden, six hens and a bee hive. Mark loves being able to “have a country lifestyle in the city.”

GardenWalk Cleveland is modeled after GardenWalk Buffalo which in 2010, its sixteenth year, had over 10,000 visitors, many from other states. Neighborhoods involved in the Buffalo walk have become desirable places to live, property rates have increased, and crime has diminished because of increased civic participation and pride. The loss of population in the city of Cleveland offers opportunities to create green spaces and food- producing farms. Clevelanders are now (through new city zoning changes) allowed to keep hens, rabbits and bees and farmers on the walk can give advice on how to do this. The Local Food movement is thriving in Cleveland with many urban farms selling produce to restaurants, and to individuals through the City Fresh program. In addition to home gardens, over 150 urban farms, Reimagining Cleveland gardens, and Ohio State University Extension Summer Sprouts gardens will be open for visitors to get a glimpse of vegetables and fruit growing on vacant city lots. Two unique sites not to be missed are the new Hough vineyard and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities urban farm on the grounds of the old Stanard School in the St. Clair Superior Neighborhood.

Each neighborhood on the walk has a designated headquarters site where visitors can obtain maps, and find water, restrooms, parking, or make a donation and receive a poster. The headquarters are:

  • Hough Branch, Cleveland Public Library, 1566 Crawford Road, Cleveland, 44106
  • Gordon Square Farmers Market, 6415 W Clinton, Cleveland, 44102
  • Tremont West Development Corporation, 2406 Professor Street, Cleveland, 44113
  • Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland 44128

GardenWalk is made possible because of the generous sponsorship of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Cleveland Crops program, Cleveland Colectivo, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Kurtz Brothers Inc the Sisters of Charity Foundation, Whole Foods Market, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, HPM Consultants and Neighborhood Progress Inc. Kalman Pabst advertising company was responsible for the posters and Susan Skove of Skov Silk created the beautiful banners for the headquarters.

Bobbi Reichtell, Sr. VP for Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc., and one of the organizers of GardenWalk said “The diverse group of people from around the city who organized this event is a shining example of the connections that gardens and greening- work create in Cleveland. Both Clevelanders and visitors from outside the city will love getting a behind-the-scenes look at gardens and farms in Cleveland’s neighborhoods.” The organizers hope visitors will begin to see Cleveland in a different way and to connect with the excitement and vibrancy of Cleveland in 2011. Maps of the neighborhoods can be found to print or download on the website gardenwalkcleveland.com or on the QR symbol on the posters seen throughout the city. Maps are also available on the day of the walk, June 25, at the walk headquarters in each neighborhood. Please contact Jan Kious 216-534-6172 or at gardenwalkcleveland@gmail.com for questions or to become involved in GardenWalk Cleveland.

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Author: Janet Kious