West Chester Green Team videographer William Claudio has been shooting, editing and posting a series of 5- to 10-minute videos of West Chester area gardens and gardeners. So tune in and tour at any time here with our moderator and Gardening Programs Coordinator Courtney Bodle! We are featuring several individual gardens and later on, themes like composting and foraging for wild food.
“Dawn to Garden” project: Dawn Mazzone’s dream of being part of the Lawn to Garden movement comes true with help from Courtney and the West Chester Green Team. This project began on Feb. 29, in conjunction with students from Professor Megan Schraedley’s Communications 400 class, way back when we were able to meet in person! See the first still wintry planning session here and then here how the garden took shape by early summer 2020. We’ll get back to it later to see the edible results from this first year of conversion.
Christiane Torres’s garden; click here to view the video. This is a large and highly developed veggie garden, worked on with great dedication over the years, with all kinds of vegetables in raised beds, a compost heap, and even egg-laying chickens!
Click here to view the tour of Chris Pugliese’s garden, which includes both veggies and flowers, with explanation of how the plantings have evolved over the years. The photo shows Chris explaining his recently installed raised beds.
See Jim Hines’ enthusiastic presentation of his very productive veggie garden with our intrepid moderator Courtney Bodle here. With his high energy, Jim is sure to inspire others to start growing their own food as well! He even shows his solution for a problem that most of us don’t have to worry about: too much sun!
The Windon Community Garden is an inspiration in showing what a determined group of residents can do to create a shared garden out of what had been a field area. Their labor, raised beds, fertile soil, and excellent exposure to the sun are a great combination. Some of the produce is generously donated to a local food bank. The Windon community is happy to help those in need while bringing their own community together through their shared love of gardening.
Sallie Jones landscaped her own flower and veggie garden in West Chester out of former lawn and a sloping back yard. See her garden tour with her interviewer Courtney in the video here. This is one of the Borough’s more varied and space-economical gardens, with its own 700-gallon underwater tank storing rainwater! In the photo, Sallie points out some of her herbs and succulents.
Susan Frens’s Marvelous Medicinal Garden (and much more)! Susan has put together a wonderful medicinal garden, full of many different herbs and vegetables. She also has a lush paradise in her backyard with bamboo and many other plants. One keynote is the rooftop garden above her garage, populated with heat- and drought-resistant low-maintenance sedum. She is paving the way for sustainable living and we hope her garden will inspire you to go green as well!
In this installment of the Virtual Garden Tour, we explore Vicki Stone’s home garden and take a look at the myriad of plants she raises. Vicki specializes in horticulture, and you can truly tell she enjoys her work by the many different varieties that inhabit her backyard. We hope Vicki’s garden inspires you to grow in your own way!
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Going Net Zero – Jakob’s Solar Panel Installation
Interview with Jakob Speksnijder about his quest for Net Zero, moderated by Paige Vermeulen, produced by Claudio Productions, posted 2/18/21. Jakob’s advice: commit to the easy steps to reduce home energy use, such as insulation, composting, rain barrels, air dry clothes…. Read up on solar, the best home solution at this time, talk to people who have installed solar, and proceed! Solar, he said, costs only about half as much now as it did ten years ago. His next step will be to install high-capacity batteries to store the energy his solar array produces, and to take his home entirely off grid, so that his home will not use fossil fuels (and, of course, he will not fear the power outages that will probably become more frequent with increasingly extreme weather conditions).