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Plants Proliferate On Whalley
by Staff | Aug 7, 2013 9:53 am
Posted to: Citizen Contributions, Beaver Hills, Edgewood
The Community Action Agency sent in this write-up about a recent planting project:
Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH) joined forces with the Whalley Avenue Special Services District (WASSD) to beautify Whalley Avenue from downtown to Blake Street with barrels and planter boxes filled with colorful flowers!
With WASSD providing funding for plants, mulch and fertilizer, Peter Dodge, the owner of Edge of the Woods, spearheaded the initiative. Peter and his two sons, Justin and Nathan, worked with community residents and businesses to design the garden beds, churn the soil, and plant the flowers.
“So far, Mother Nature has been cooperating nicely,” Peter said, commenting on the recent rains. “We haven’t had to worry too much about watering the plants, which is a big job in itself—because, without water, all of our work would have been in vain.”
And getting water to the plants was no easy trick. When the rains didn’t come, Nathan filled up his children’s kiddie pool with water, transported it on the back of his pickup truck and watered the flowers from garden bed to garden bed.
The Dodges’ efforts are already paying off, according to CAANH’s Jill Dotlo, who participated in the beautification project. “Community reaction has been very positive,” she said. “People walking along Whalley Avenue were so delighted to see us planting. Some of them even stopped to chat with us about how they could help out.”
In addition to the Dodges and Jill, Mike Damian, Sarah Jane and Harvey Jones all pitched in to help. Anyone who would like to help with future plantings can contact Nathan or Justin at Edge of the Woods.
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