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!
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