4th Street and Glenmawr Gardens receive Little Garden Club Grant!

Congratulations to the N. Fourth and Glenmawr gardeners! Their vision and dedication make our neighborhood green spaces more beautiful. We are pleased to announce that GENCA was awarded a grant from the Little Garden Club of Columbus for the requested $871. This money will be used to purchase plantings and materials to improve the boulevards of N. Fourth Street and Glenmawr Avenue. In addition to this amount, GENCA governance board has agreed to fund an additional $344.49 to cover the cost of mulch and compost. The focus of the grant proposal was an emphasis on plantings that would attract birds, bees, and butterflies, providing year-round visual stimulation and education about nature’s life-cycles.

The letter from the project chairman stated:
“We are happy to support this worthy nature garden. This is a project that is in keeping with the interests of the Garden Club of America, of which we are a member. We need more neighborhood green spaces that will become a part of the community and allow nature to be enjoyed by all.”

Many thanks to the Little Garden Club of Columbus for this generous grant and to the neighbors who made it possible!


Presenting SoHud tree Mural 2.0!

Well, as you can see, it is 99% complete. This effort was just awesome to watch — neighbors from Glen Echo, SoHud and Old North Columbus coming together to make our neighborhood and this gateway into the city more beautiful. The mural looks wonderful and thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday, it is looking like we will not need to have another painting day on the 31st. Instead, the 31st will be a community celebration! It is somewhat short notice, but I am hopeful we can pull off a fun gathering of neighbors for next Saturday, May 31. Please come if you can and tell everyone you know!

“Please join your neighbors on site (the empty lot in front of the tree murals) for a community gathering and pot-luck to celebrate the new mural! May 31 from 11-1pm. Please bring a dish to share or pack a picnic. Find more details and updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408300572782193/?ref=5”

(Photo credit: Eliza Ho, ALTernative)

SoHud Tree Mural 2.0 -- work in progress

The first community priming day was a success, though a somewhat soggy one. The old theatre building on Hudson Street which had been a graffiti magnet has begun its transformation. This image, taken by Eliza Ho of ALTernative, shows the artists working at night projecting and painting trees. The next two Saturdays, May 24 and May 31, from 10am-4pm will be community painting days where volunteers will join the artists to add more trees and animals to complete the mural.

**as I was writing this I found out that the artists working were robbed (10pm 5/20) — a hooded thief escaped by foot with a MacBook computer the artists were using for projections. Police were notified and are searching for the culprit, but I am unsure of what this will mean for our mural. Let us hope the thief is caught and the computer returned intact.

GENCA Spring 2014 NewsletterDavid just picked these up this afternoon. They will be arriving on your doorstep starting in the next few days. Click the link to download a color pdf of the newsletter.