30 April, 2009

Garden on the island

As though my list of projects isn't long enough, I feel strongly about getting a small community garden organized for the island, in downtown Marshall. It is a great location, and Kids in the Community Service program can get their service hours in by helping with the garden on a weekly basis.

Anyway, the talented David S. and I drew up this little design on a piece of notebook paper yesterday, and Ben W. scanned it in for me to share with you.

We need to get this baby tilled PRONTO. I should be there instead of typing, but i need to go to work...(Which reminds me, thank you Frank for bringing your tiller to the island!)

Amy and Jennifer are donating plants and seeds! Keep it coming, join in on a "social experiment" that might prove more reciprocal than Facebook.


marcus said...


Good for you! Who knows, this might be the start of the Marshall Gardens by the River. I have seldom seen a place better suited or more in need of artistic landscape with potential to include art such as stonework, sculpture and iron gates. Think Olmsted! "Build it and they will come". Keep the children involved and emphasize the community-wide health aspects. There has to be some "Stimulus" or grant money (art and/or public health) for something like this.


NATASHA SHEALY-natasha@thenoise.us said...

Hi Mark- donations of fertilizer, and plants are welcome!

marcus said...

Hi Natasha, By all means, I will be pleased to help. Does Marshall or some other local entity have a foundation where we could establish an account for the Blannahasset (?Blennerhassett) Island Gardens? If not, will the following address suffice to send a check to you for the purpose of assisting with the initiation of the gardens?

Natasha Shealy
Marshall High Studios
115 Blannahasset Island
Marshall, N.C. ?Zip

NATASHA SHEALY-natasha@thenoise.us said...

Hello Marcus

Natasha Shealy
Marshall High Studios
Marshall, nc

There is no foundation, just community. I would be happy to send receipts!

marcus said...

Hello Natasha,

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I was thinking more in terms of scope and sustainability than accounting. A group can plant a garden and it is good. A community can create a park containing gardens and it is inspiring. All things in time.

If you will be there Friday afternoon, I will pass through Marshall and contribute to your cause. I am proud of your efforts and look forward to seeing the results.

Anonymous said...

I will be there unless I am rained out.

As far as a group goes, there are lots of groups soing all sorts of stuff. I look at this as a protype and a "seed."

Funding is available in theory for larger gardens that are on public land. Courting the city and country is an endeavor in it's self. this garden is on private property...

thanks for your donatation!