Event Spotlight: Frederick Douglass School Community Garden

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 in Event Spotlight, Volunteer Spotlight

Over the course of a few weeks, Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB), a team of over twenty Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and other community volunteers have worked to transform a vacant, overgrown lot in Walnut Hills into a thriving community garden. Community leader, Gary Dangel, is the mastermind behind the garden’s unique landscape design and lead the project. Lowe’s contributed volunteers, supplies, materials, equipment, and enthusiasm for giving.

The final plan included raised vegetable beds surrounded by Monarch butterfly-friendly shrubs, an art and journaling area for neighboring afterschool enrichment programs, a sensory garden, and a walking meditation pathway meandering throughout the garden. “We take great pride in improving our community and appreciate the opportunity to work with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful on this project, which will have a lasting impact on our neighbors and customers,” said Nick Gabel, Market Product Service manager at Lowe’s.

“To ensure the project’s future sustainability, we are continuing to build a strong team of dedicated neighborhood volunteers… With the on-going support of local businesses and organizations, such as Lowe’s and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, we will create a fun, interactive place that encourages kids to explore and discover the wonders of nature. The programmed activities are designed to pique their curiosity and provide the opportunity for teachable moments while experiencing the healing power of a calm, natural environment,” said Dangel.

Drew Goebel, Vacant Lot Stabilization program manager for KCB explained, “Community gardens provide healthy food alternatives, improve health and overall wellbeing, encourage exercise, and teach our younger population to be good stewards of the environment.”

This garden will now be handed off to KCB partners at the Civic Garden Center who will maintain the property as one of their community gardens!

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Thanks to Lowe’s, the Walnut Hills community, and neighbors and volunteers for all your hard work!