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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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