The GROW Jamestown Front Garden Recognition Program is a way to acknowledge city gardeners who contribute to the curb appeal of Jamestown’s neighborhoods—and to encourage everyone to take part in making Jamestown a more beautiful place. The program began in 2011 with the distribution of 250 small garden signs to gardeners who were nominated by the public.
In the summer of 2018, Jamestown’s 12,000 front yards were canvassed by a team of volunteers who distributed over 839 garden signs. Here’s how it worked:
- The city was divided into 37 sections with each section containing approximately 325 front yards.
- Each section was assigned to a volunteer team comprised of a navigator (the driver), a photographer (to take a photo of the property) and a data entry person to document the process (to list where the signs were placed). Volunteers could not canvass their own neighborhoods, nor could they canvass the same area in consecutive years.
- From July 9th to July 30th, each team surveyed their section of the city, determined the “average front yard” for that area, and then decided which front yard gardens they wished to acknowledge with a GROW Jamestown sign. Each volunteer team had a limited number of signs to distribute.
At a minimum, volunteers looked for front yard gardens that have healthy plants, were well maintained and actively managed, had a healthy lawn that was neatly mowed with pruned and trimmed shrubs and trees. Edging was a plus along with a balanced garden that is appropriate to house and lot size. House numbers needed to be clearly displayed.
The overall goal of the project, and its role within the JRC’s neighborhood revitalization efforts, is to encourage everyone to contribute to a more beautiful Jamestown and to say thank you for the color and character that garden stewards bring to our wonderful city.
For more information, contact Mary Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-489-3493.