Olympus Garden Club




2003 Activity Report

We have a monthly educational lecture at our meetings that are open to the public.

The Brooklyn Public Library, New Lots Branch is the site of our first garden. We planted spring bulbs in November in the shape of letters N & L. Four members of Olympus Garden Club and one resident of the community, Barbara Hobson, spent about 3 hours preparing the ground and planting the bulbs. We will complete the garden in the spring of 2004.

The East New York Community is a low income, underserved neighborhood in Brooklyn. It is our hope that this garden will educate, beautify and enrich the community. We applied for a grant to help cover the cost of material for the garden and we are in the process of writing letters to get further contributions.

We worked with 25 Ruby Weston Manor nursing home residents, during a horticulture as therapy session, repotting houseplants and we gave each participant copies of House Plant care tip sheets that we prepared. Four members of Olympus Garden Club participated in this project. Six members of our club participated in an intensive training session in Horticulture Therapy at the Rusk Institute in New York City to give us direction in dealing with special populations. This 2 hour session with the Ruby residents brought back some of nature into the lives of seniors who can no longer tend there own gardens and for others to improve motor skills through the handling of plants.

We led 4 workshops on Composting and House Plant Care in July and August at the East New York Farmers Market and 2 workshops covering the same subjects at the David Foulke Memorial Community Garden in October. At each of the sessions we distributed literature that we prepared on Composting and House Plant Care. 10 of our members covered the six workshops. The workshops addressed environmental issues such as waste reduction and pesticide use and its effects on our water and health.

We have scheduled publication of our first newsletter for April 2004 and we will cover educational and environmental concerns related to gardening.

In 2004, we will continue with all of our 2003 activities.

In addition, we will include more nursing homes in our outreach, get in touch with the Parent Teachers Association of a few schools to see which of them would be interested in participating in a gardening program for the children and initiate educational programs at other branch libraries.

Please get in touch with one of our officers if you are interested in any of our programs.


2004 Activity Report

Monthly educational lectures are held at our meetings, which are open to the public.

Club completed the installation of our first garden at the New Lots branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

We began the Express, a newsletter that we publish quarterly and we distribute it at the Brooklyn Public Library,via email, and at community events.

We've led workshops and demonstrations on topics as varied as composting, indoor water gardening, garden planning and practices, intensive growing, soil development, herbs, integrated pest management and companion planting at community events, in community gardens, farmers’ markets, and Wyckoff Historic Farmhouse.

We've done outreach work in cooperation with Brooklyn GreenBridge of Brooklyn Botanic Garden at three separate community events. We also distributed club literature and tip sheets at the Green Thumb Grow Together Community Gardening Symposium.

We constructed a therapeutic and accessible garden at the Ruby Weston Manor Nursing Home with varied plantings and we got a

Citizen’s For NYC Mollie Parnis grant to beautify the Ralph Lincoln Service Center Community Garden.

We got approval from the Brooklyn Borough Presidents office for a tree guard grant that would be installed on Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

We participated in the construction of a huge (1000 gallon) rainwater harvesting system at the Carlton Bears community garden.

Members attended 5 regional flower shows in New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, New York City and Long Island, as well as the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, PA.

We attended our own annual luncheon as well as the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, District II bi-annual luncheon and a barbecue/garden visit this past summer.

During the year all our members continued to participate in workshops to forward their horticulture education.

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