On Oct 14 at St. Alphonsus school, Cass Turnbull, famed author and founder of PlantAmnesty gave an incredibly educational and entertaining clinic on pruning and plant care basics. If you haven’t had a chance to see Cass in action, it’s worth seeking her out whether you’re a beginner like me or a veteran gardener. Check out the PlantAmnesty site for a list of upcoming classes you won’t want to miss! We also kicked off our Adopt A Planter program, which I’ll be writing about more later. If you couldn’t make it, you also missed out on a great spread of food donated by the Ballard Market and amazing wine donated by Jason and Jill Domanico from Domanico Cellars.
On oct 16, Cass showed up again for Adopt A Street Cleanup on 14th Ave NW, where she gave a very a fun hands-on clinic on weeding. With her guidance, we were able to get the planting areas along 14th at the corner of 58th all cleaned up and ready for the winter. Thanks again to the Ballard Market for feeding us!
I also want to take this moment to publicly embarrass (I mean, acknowledge) some of the folks who have been pivotal in making events like these happen and those who have taken time out of their day to come to these events and lend a helping hand. Please join me in thanking these folks for making our community such a great place to live.
The die-hard ebca steering committee who meet once a month (or more) to discuss long term planning and coordinate events like these. We’d love to add your name to this list:
Shannon Dunn – co-chair of the ebca, an incredible eye for detail, an ace at building relationships in our community. To quote Shannon, “inch by inch, it’s a cinch!”
Stephanie Shelton – landscape architect, graphic artist, grant writer, truck renter, you name it extraordinaire.
Zack Thomas – landscape architect, enthusiasm builder, wild and creative idea maker and presentation creator extraordinaire.
Peter Locke – architect and visionary for the 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard, the go to guy for big ideas.
David Smith – owner of Blowing Sands Glass, caretaker of the planted areas along 14th at 58th, collector of Ballard Market receipts, host of Adopt A Street Cleanup events, park boulevard visionary, and so much more.
Darlene Sozinho – our money-wrangler and expert weeder.
Linda Frank – eyes for neighborhood safety, day of event coordination master, and event flyer poster.
And, many thanks to those who came out on Oct 14th and 16th to Adopt A Planter and keep our neighborhood weed and litter free!
Nancy Weinstein, Erik Hutchison, Zack Thomas, Ray and Sharron Ruhlen, Cindie Murphy, Shannon Dunn, Chris Hemminger, Leon and Waylon Robert, Linda Frank, Justin Helmbrecht, Tom DesLongchamp, Ardis Burr, Kristy Leissle, Cass Turnbull, Steve Krippner, Stephanie Shelton, and Tom Mattausch.