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Garden Club celebrates new community flower garden


The Cedar Springs Garden Club is celebrating the completion of the newly designed Community Flower Garden. Located in the center of town, it brightens the daily trip to the Post Office for many citizens.

The garden renovation started last fall after Kristin Perez of Shaner Avenue Nursery designed a new plan that was easier to maintain than the previous garden. The old plants were removed and offered to the public. 

In April of this year, the dolomite path was installed around the Norway Spruce tree with the help of some great volunteers. Six men from the Men’s Bible Study group of Maranatha Baptist Church, plus Mark Millering, Dennis White, Fred White and Calvin Moore provided the muscle power that was needed along with a front end loader and a gas powered compactor. The job was done in less than three hours including snacks and lunch provided by the garden club ladies. It was a lot of work!

Next came the planting of shrubs and perennials in May with the whole garden club and some community volunteers participating. Another day was devoted to mulching which included preparing for the mulch with an underlayment of newspapers. The Cedar Springs Post helped out by providing some old newspapers for the job.

In June the annual beds were planted. Plants were chosen for color and durability. Mulch was recently added to retain moisture and prevent weeds. 

Patricia Moore has been chairman of this beautification project and she expresses gratitude to all of the volunteers and donors. The volunteers include the above mentioned men, Abby Millering, Bev Lane, and Garden Club members Sandy McEwen, Cindy Litwinchuk, Sharon Nielson, Caroline Bartlett, Chris McFarlane, Rose Powell and Colleen White. Thank you to Kristin Perez and Shaner Avenue Nursery, Great Lakes Landscape Supply, City manager Mike Womack and Bill with DPW.

Donations came from individuals, businesses, and garden club members. 

The City of Cedar Springs provided a water source and the dolomite material. Cedar Springs Garden Club donated over 25% of the total cost from it’s own treasury and continue to volunteer their time to water and maintain the garden. 

Thank you to all of the community who provided. We hope it is enjoyed by all. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the garden at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 13. Everyone from the community is invited.

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Garden Club to install new garden


Design for the new garden at the northwest corner of First and Cherry Streets.

From Pat Moore, Cedar Springs Garden Club

The Cedar Springs Garden Club is making plans to begin the installation in April of the new garden across from the U.S. Post Office, at the corner of First and Cherry Streets. The new design was drawn up by Kristen Perez, of Shaner Avenue Nursery. It will be an easier to maintain garden, including a walking path and sitting area. In the heart of the city, it will be a place to “stop and smell the roses” and a relaxing place to sit and enjoy nature.

The estimated cost of the whole project is approximately $2,000. The cost includes shrubs, annuals, and perennial plants; wood mulch; and for materials to construct the walking path. Garden Club members and several volunteers from the community are donating their time to do the work. Fundraising is currently underway. We are very appreciative of the donations that have been received thus far from individuals and local businesses. More is still needed to cover the entire cost. The club is hoping for enough donations so the whole garden project can be completed this spring and summer.

The plan is to install the walking path, hopefully in April. Shrubs and perennials will be planted in May, then annuals will be added in late May or early June.

If you would like to make a donation, please mail it to: Cedar Springs Garden Club, PO Box 13, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Checks should be made out to the Cedar Springs Garden Club. Donations will be publicly acknowledged unless there is a request to remain anonymous.

If you enjoy gardening and would like to be a part of beautifying the City of Cedar Springs, please join us at one of our upcoming meetings at the Cedar Springs Library, at 7 p.m., on the 2nd Monday of each month. If you would like more information, call Pat at 616-893-7305, or Sandra at 616-696-8660.

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Garden Club seeks donations to fund project


 

The Cedar Springs Garden Club is getting ready to start the next phase of its Garden Renovation Project.

As reported in The Cedar Springs Post in October 2017, the Garden Club has plans to renovate the City Garden, which is on the corner of First and Cherry Streets, across from the Cedar Springs United States Post Office. A new plan was drawn up by Kristin Perez at Shaner Avenue Nursery for an easier to maintain garden, with a walking path and sitting areas. On October 21, 2017, the Garden Club members and more volunteers from the community, removed most of the plants that have been in the garden for many years. We offered these plants to the public for a donation and got a great response. We are happy that most of the plants found new homes. Thank you to all who participated.

Plans are currently being made to begin the installation of the new garden in April 2018. The first project will be to install the pathway; next will be the planting of the shrubs and perennials. Then, in late spring or early summer, we will finish by planting annual flowers.

We are seeking donations to enable us to complete the project this year. The Garden Club plans to use much of its money in the project. Some money has been raised by the sale of the plants. Several individuals and a business have donated. Some of the gifts have been made as memorial donations. We are asking for help from businesses, community organizations and individuals who would like to help beautify downtown Cedar Springs by supporting and donating to this project. The new shrubs and perennials range in price from $8.00 to $25.00 each. We also will need money for the hard path, the mulch and for the annuals.

If you would like to make a donation please mail it to:  Cedar Springs Garden Club, PO Box 13, Cedar Springs, MI  49319. Checks should be made out to The Cedar Springs Garden Club. Donations will be publicly acknowledged unless there is a request to remain anonymous.

If you enjoy gardening and you would like to be a part of beautifying Cedar Springs, please join us at one of our upcoming meetings at the Cedar Springs Library, 2nd Monday evening, 7 p.m. That will be on February 12, March 12, and April 9 of this spring. If you would like more information you may call Pat at 616-893 7305 or Sandra at 616-696 8660.

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City garden to get a makeover


 

The Cedar Springs Garden Club, with the help and approval of the City, has plans to redo the garden at the southwest corner of Cherry and First Street, across from the Post Office. 

“We have a new garden plan designed by Kristin at Shaner Avenue Nursery,” explained Pat Moore, of the Cedar Springs Garden Club. “This is designed to be more maintenance free than the current garden, with a walking path and sitting areas.” 

On Saturday, October 21, they are going to be removing perennial plants and a few shrubs that they won’t need and offering them to the public for a donation. Some of the plants that will be available are Black-eyed Susan; Purple Cone flower; Phlox; Iris; Daylily; Columbine; Gooseneck Loosestrife; Yucca; Lilac; Rose of Sharon; Trioba (Brown-eyed Susan); and Poppies. Anyone interested can stop by the garden between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Garden club members will be there to identify the plants, describe their growing requirements and help dig them out. Please bring containers or large bags to take them home in. Proceeds will go towards the construction of the new garden. Come meet the garden club members and learn how you can get involved in the club. If you have any questions please call Sandy (696-8660) or Pat (696-9591).

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Community cleans up on Earth Day


 Community members helped clean up around the Heart of Cedar Springs and other roadsides within the city limits on Earth Day last Saturday. Photo by Kathy Ensley.

Community members helped clean up around the Heart of Cedar Springs and other roadsides within the city limits on Earth Day last Saturday. Photo by Kathy Ensley.

In honor of National Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, the City of Cedar Springs and the Community Building Development Team (CBDT) volunteers took to cleaning up the newly acquired city property running north along Cedar Creek and intersecting with the White Pine and North Country Trails, just west of Main Street in downtown Cedar Springs. Approximately 28 community members came together to cut down brush and dead trees, haul away the lumber, clean out creek waters, and pick up debris in the area.

Earth Day cleanup. Photo by Perry Hopkins.

Earth Day cleanup. Photo by Perry Hopkins.

Perry Hopkins, City Councilor and CBDT Board Member, along with Tom Mabie, CBDT member, and other community members were careful to protect and keep flowers, bushes, plants, and trees that are environmentally important to maintaining proper creek temperatures for the trout, as well as providing an enjoyable year-round variety of natural blooming and therapeutic vegetation. The Hopkins and Mabie duo are teaming up with the Cedar Springs Garden Club and Trout Unlimited in creating natural rain gardens and learning stations along the creek beds. Other city councilors participating in the Earth Day cleanup included Rose Powell and Gerry Hall.

John Ensley, CBDT, organized the Earth Day cleanup and has secured the donated marble stone from Doreen and Dan Welch, Welch Tile and Stone, which will be eventually installed along the walking path.

Community members helped clean up on Earth Day. Photo by Kathy Ensley.

Community members helped clean up on Earth Day. Photo by Kathy Ensley.

“The goal is to open up the new downtown park areas known as the Heart of Cedar Springs. We got a lot accomplished today thanks to the many dedicated volunteers. We still have some work ahead of us but it’s coming along nicely,” explained Ensley.

Julie Wheeler, CBDT Board Member, organized various other community organizations who also began their Cedar Springs Earth Day cleanup along the primary roadsides within the city limits and other sections of the White Pine Trail as part of the Earth Day efforts.  The groups have until May 1 to complete their section of the roads.

“This is another example of folks coming together for our community. We had volunteers out there on a sunny Saturday willing to do some hard physical labor,“ shared Kurt Mabie, CBDT President. “We hope to continue the cleanup this summer along with constructing a new amphitheatre, walking path, and veteran’s memorial by fall as needed funds become available.”

Garett Tunison, Ground Control Aerial LLC, did a second drone fly-over to show the area progress since his first video done prior to the construction of the library. The video will be added to the CBDT website.

The CBDT meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in their new regular meeting location of the Community Library gathering room. All are invited. More information is available on the website of CSCommunityCenter.org, the Facebook page of Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team or by calling Sue Wolfe at 696-2246.

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