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 Fall of 2017, Jamestown’s 12,000 front yards will be canvassed by a team of volunteers who will distribute over 500 garden signs. Here’s how it works:
- The city has been divided into 37 sections with each section containing approximately 325 front yards.
- Each section is 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 (a list of where the signs were placed). Volunteers cannot canvass their own neighborhoods, nor may they canvass the same area in consecutive years.
- From September 5th to September 25th, each team will survey their section of the city, determine the “average front yard” for that area, and then decide which front yard gardens they wish to acknowledge with a GROW Jamestown sign for setting higher standards for that neighborhood. Each volunteer team has a limited number of signs to distribute.
At a minimum, volunteers are looking for front yard gardens that have healthy plants, are well maintained and actively managed, have a healthy lawn that is neatly mowed with pruned and trimmed shrubs and trees. Edging is a plus along with a balanced garden that is appropriate to house and lot size. House numbers should 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 716-6642477 ext 224.