At our first team meeting we discussed the different types of flowers that we plan on planting, and the different locations that we find suitable for them. We are in touch with our local Alderman, Alderman Sposato, and are working with him to find locations around our ward that we are able to plant in. We also plan to discuss with him whether we need his permission, or the surrounding home owners' permission to plant on the small corner parkways in our area. If we need the homeowners' permission we plan on asking them if they would be willing to allow us to plant in their corner parkways and will start by planting 5 lots with $75 worth of plants on each as a pilot run.
Another place we plan on planting in would be at our local library. Melissa Kaszynski, our librarian who works at the Dunning Reed branch of the Chicago Public Libraries and also a part of our team, is helping us to receive approval to plant at this branch, and even took me on a tour of the different spots we would be able to plant in. We have sent in a waiver that allows us to plant around the library to Chicago Public Libraries, and will be hearing back from them soon. If that doesn't work out, we also have spots open in my garden, and in my uncle, Shawn Murphy's, garden that we can plant in.
As most of the funding will go towards flowers, soil, and mulch, we are planning on asking Home Depot and Lowe's for a discount since we will be buying these for our community. The library has offered to supply planting containers, and if we work with the Alderman they will have tools that we can use. We are also planning on setting aside some of the funding to have a DIY Butterfly Feeder activity at 4:00 pm on July 9, which will include sponges, string, mason jars, and colorful tape to attract the butterflies. A small amount of the money will also be going towards making signs for each of the gardens.
Our community will benefit from this project because we are making an effort to inform the kids, and adults, in our neighborhood about the different kinds of pollinators and how they affect us. We are also benefiting our community as a whole by giving back and by beautifying our neighborhood.