The Glendale group has accomplished a lot in a short period of time and Julie is going to share with Crestwood residents, what has worked for them and what she’s learned.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
1 Detjen Dr
Crestwood, MO 63126
Notes from Julie’s Program
- They started with no money, but did get $1600 from the city.
- The city also donated thirty-five 24 inch pots they had.
- Their main source of money was a letter asking for donations which they hand delivered to every house in Glendale.
- They formed a 501(c)3 Pres, VP, Secretary & Treasurer. They can then buy plants wholesale.
- The key to any garden is water! Who is going to water? They used one gallon containers.
- Printed a flyer to pass out to all residents. Did not mail. Raised ten thousand dollars.
- Bill Ruppert was a big help. He’s on the board with Gateway Greening. Bill got them two large plant containers.
- They got a special mix for containers for St. Louis Composting.
- Ritter and Wiethop and Master Gardeners Greenhouse at South County Tech were resources.
- They put signs at most of the entrances to Glendale.
- They used Signup Genius to schedule people for watering. http://www.signupgenius.com/how
- They did work with some private businesses. They asked the owners to buy the containers and then GGG would buy the soil and plants and maintain them.
- They had good luck with Rudbeckia fulgida in terrible soil.
- Garden of the Month and Lawn of the Month went over very well.
- They also got some of the subdivisions to buy pots and GGG bought the plants.
- Pot source – St. Louis Ornamental – $60 for 24″ pots – seal them.
- They also pruned peoples trees and bushes and used them for decoration in the fall and Christmas.
- 150 of 2400 homes donated. Sent directly to Treasurer made out to GGG.
- They tried three socials, but they were not as effective as the actual work days.
- Julie also keeps a database of helpers and donors.
- They also had a year end luncheon where they asked for an extra $10 donation.
I got this information from Julie a couple of days later –
” We water 3 to 5 times per week depending on the temperature.
Yes, moving forward we design, buy, plant and ask that they water.”