Posted on 20 December 2008 by

Neighborhood Transformed in One Day Makeover

By Vanessa Richins

Residents of Orlando may have been startled if they passed the Willows neighborhood after December 11th, 2008.

Before, there had just been a vacant lot with weeds and bushes.

Now, however, they see a beautiful fenced garden.

It all happened in just one day.

The project was sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation and Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb garden program. They donated the design, tools, plants and all other project supplies. With the help of over 50 volunteers, the Willows neighborhood was transformed over the course of a day.

“We are truly delighted to have this great opportunity,” said Erma Green, member of the Willows Neighborhood. “I am sure that this will create the sense of community and a place of peace, both of which the neighborhood has not had in a great while.”

This is the third such project this year for the Fiskars Orange Thumb program. Similar gardens blossomed in Chicago and San Francisco.

Project Orange Thumb is also committed to helping community gardens. Applications for 2009 are now being accepted. “Within U.S. and Canada twenty (20) grant recipients will be selected. Each will receive up to $1,500 in Fiskars garden tools and up to $800.00 in gardening-related materials (i.e. green goods)…Gardens and/or gardening projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, sustainable agriculture and/or horticultural education are eligible.”

If you are interested in applying for one of their grants, submit your information. Applications must be received by February 17, 2009.

Good luck if you decide to try for a grant!


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