As I was thinking back over my years of involvement with McIntire Botanical Garden, I came upon this post from June 2010 and decided to repost it now as we are very close to having our own “living classroom.” In the next few months, the City of Charlottesville will host public meetings to gather input to guide the changes taking place in McIntire Park East. As those seed catalogs come in, give some thought as to what YOU would like to see in our garden and be ready to comment. C’mon – get involved!
Jun 27, 2010 – I stopped by the McIntire Botanical Garden table yesterday at the City Market – at first, I admit, because I was drawn by the beautiful t-shirts for sale. Then I realized that this was the project that I had read about in the paper a few months ago. This is such a great opportunity for us to create a living classroom for our community to enjoy for years to come.
I think the idea for a community botanical garden is especially attractive to all of the retirees in our area who reluctantly gave up gardening as they downsized and moved into more manageable townhomes, apartments and condos. The idea of being able to help with such a project is as entrancing as leafing through the seed catalogs as they arrive during the cold winter months. Just think of what could be accomplished!
–Yes, I did get a shirt!
For more information see Helen at the City Market or visit the McIntire Botanical Garden website. Below is some information from the website:
To create a public garden in the East side of McIntire Park that will provide a living, changing, interactive botanical environment where people may become enlightened and inspired by the enjoyment of plants and nature through beautiful gardens and educational programs.
If you want to volunteer for the McIntire Botanical Garden, please contact us:
We need: A GRANT WRITER
An EVENT PLANNER
SOMEONE TO WRITE A NEWSLETTER
HAVE A GARAGE SALE TO BENEFIT THE GARDEN
MARKETING EXPERIENCE TO OFFER
LIKE TO MAKE PHONE CALLS AND CONNECT WITH PEOPLE?
Call Helen Flamini at 434-823-8849 to talk about any of these volunteer opportunities