Neighborhood Garden Harvest This Saturday

Join us for our free garden harvest sharing event, the “Neighborhood Garden Harvest,” this Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m at Boulevard Woods Park, rain or shine

Ann Sears brought amazing giant figs last Saturday to share. Everyone enjoyed shortbread, herbs, coffee, flowers, books, bubbles, and more.

Stop by and enjoy the people, the park, and the “harvest”.

We will meet every Saturday morning in August. August 26th will be the last morning Garden Harvest until May 2018.

Neighborhood Garden Harvest happens this Saturday, July 29

On behalf of the Boulevard Neighborhood Association Steering Committee, Bruce and Jane Travis send this note:

Neighborhood Garden Harvest, Saturday, July 29,  from 9 a.m.  to 10 a.m at Boulevard Woods Park, rain or shine

Join us for the third free exchange this Saturday. Last week included music, poetry, coffee, cookies, plants, peppers, figs, herbs, and more! Thank you to everyone who shared and to everyone that stopped by to visit.

We will meet every Saturday morning in August. August 26th will be the last morning Garden Harvest until May 2018.

–Bruce and Jane

Reminder: Neighborhood Garden Harvest this Saturday

What started last Saturday, continues this Saturday: the Boulevard Neighborhood Association’s “Neighborhood Garden Harvest” takes place at Boulevard Woods from 9am to 10 am, rain or shine.

Last Saturday, we were so fortunate to have the “Hawk Proof Rooster”, Nancy and Charlie Hartness, play and sing for us.

Attendance for our inaugural event was estimated by the National Park Service at 19 people, including children. Garden produce shared included tomatoes, wild flowers, basil, thyme, lemongrass, eggplants, peppers and bay leaves.

Come to share fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers or plants for free with your neighbors. Individuals without a harvest may want to think of creative ways to contribute (drinks, food treats, bubbles, playing music, etc.).

Neighborhood Garden Harvest sharing event to start at park

The Boulevard Neighborhood Association is starting-up its  “Neighborhood Garden Harvest” at Boulevard Woods on Saturday, July 15, from 9 am to 10 am, rain or shine.

This is a new event, brainstormed and organized by Jane and Bruce Travis–two Boulevard neighborhood residents–where neighbors come together and share garden grown vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs, and plants with each other for free (remember to bring your own bags) and to enjoy our community in a beautiful park setting. There is no need to bring tables or chairs since the park has stone walls installed ideally for seating and display.

Everyone is invited to enjoy selecting items from the community harvest whether or not they were able to contribute fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers or plants as long as the supplies last. Individuals without a harvest may want to think of creative ways to contribute (drinks, food treats, children’s bubble station, playing music, juggling, storytelling, etc.).

Organizers will post a weekly reminder invitation on behalf of the Boulevard Neighborhood Association Steering Committee.


Sunday Afternoon Ramble at Boulevard Woods


About thirty people (if you include children) and two dogs enjoyed a walk through the nature trail at Boulevard Woods late Sunday afternoon. They (the people, at least) also enjoyed cups of hot-chocolate, homemade cookies and the company of neighbors and friends at an event organized by Boulevard Woods volunteers.

If you haven’t been to the Boulevard Woods site lately and walked the loop trail through the park, please come and see the progress we’re making.

Here are a few more snapshots from Sunday’s event:







Thanks to Rivers Alive Volunteers

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A crew of volunteers from the Rivers Alive project (most are in this photo) hauled out a massive amount of brush on Saturday, October 15 to help clear a looped trail at the site. They also picked-up several bags of trash and recycling.

Rivers Alive is a volunteer effort focused on keeping waterways (and areas like Boulevard Woods which are near waterways) clean. The annual event is organized by Hands On Northeast Georgia, with lots of help from Athens-Clarke Co. 

Volunteers included: Marci White, Laura Hill, Paige Olmstead, Paula Schwanenflugel, Lora Loke, Luke Worsham, Dan Lorentz, Allison Lewis, Maddi Lewis, Evan Lewis, Mark Davis, Hillary Barber, Alvin Angulo, Margo Rothstein, Eric Heil, Lori Ringhand and at least three others who neglected to sign-in.  Thanks everyone!

We also owe thanks to: Mel Cochran, Ellison Fielder, Stacy Smith, Stacee Farrell from Athens-Clarke Co. for their help in the Rivers Alive event; to Greg Denzin of G&G Landscape Design who loaned wheelbarrows and tools for our use; and–as always–to Ms Ida Mae Griffin, who generously allows us to use her driveway. 

First Work Day of 2011 is a Big Success

Our first volunteer work day of 2011 was a big success. In our best turnout yet, 19 people–including many new faces–showed up to haul trash and other debris up and out, trim vines and pull weeds among other tasks. We got a lot done, but, of course, there's much more to do.

Here are some photos of our work:

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Volunteers for the first work day of 2011 included: Lillian Agel, Marci White, Allen Stovall, Charles Apostolik, Anna Claire Davis, Katherine Melcher, Kevan Williams, Matt Elliot, Micah Yost, Chris McDowell, Judson Abbott, Vera Eve Giampietro, Cameron Gube, Keristin Gober, Stephanie Wolfgang, Sam Kelleher, Rachel Watkins, Larry Slutsky and Laura Sommet.

We owe special thanks to: Stacee Farrell and the Keep Athens-Clarke Co. Beautiful Program for loaning us tools; Matt Elliot for picking-up and returning those tools; Bruce and Jane Travis for bagels, cream cheese, fruit and water; Lillian Agel for coffee and more; Charles Apostolik for cleaning-up tools afterwards; Rachel Watkins for taking photos of the work day; and to ACC's Landscape Division for–among many other things–agreeing to remove all the debris we hauled up and out of the site.

Neighborhood Charrette* Scheduled

Legend box from draft concept #1. Image by Kevan Williams.

The Barber St. Park Project is moving forward, and we need your input.

Our design team has developed four alternative design concepts for a possible park or public green space at the Barber St. site. We need you to take a look at these concepts and let us know what you think about them.

You can inspect and comment on the designs at a neighborhood charrette — or design input session — on Monday, July 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the ATHICA gallery space, 160 Tracy St. Unit 4. (Find ATHICA here.)

Input at this event will be crucial in developing the final proposal we'll present to the county.

Please come, exchange views with your neighbors and tell our design team what you think. There will be refreshments, too.

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* What's a charrette? Here's what Wikipedia says.