By Vanessa Richins
Many gardening companies are jumping on the bandwagon of urban gardening.
They offer support and products to help individuals and groups improve their neighborhoods.
Nature Hills Nursery is no exception.
Their website proclaims “Our goal is to help communities reclaim land, turning eyesores into oases. We want to help dedicated individuals, groups and organizations make their local communities better by providing a living gift of trees and plants that not only clean the air but also provide respite and a natural retreat. With each reclamation, wildlife and beauty can once again flourish.”
When you apply, be prepared to describe your project. Does the plot have an interesting history? Be sure to mention it. There are other questions about the project goals, who is involved, and how it will be sustained once completed. They ask that you send a photograph, and if you are chosen they ask that you share pictures for the following 5 years after the award is given.
They “will donate $5,000.00 of plant materials annually to the earth friendly award-winning projects. Awards will be presented to a Grand Prize winner in the amount of $2,500.00 of plant materials. First place winner will receive $1,500 in plant materials and the Second Place winner $1000.00 in plant materials. The plant materials can contain trees, fruit trees, bushes and shrubs, perennials and vegetable seeds.”
Do you have a project in mind? Applications will be accepted until April 1st, 2009. The winners will be announced on April 17th, 2009. Good luck and let us know if you enter!