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Archive date:  March 4, 2010

March(ing) into Spring

Many happenings going on

Now that March has arrived, we all know spring can’t be far away (right?). The temperatures look to be much more moderate for this weekend; that is good news for us all. I don’t know about you, but I had a lot of things I wanted to get done outdoors this winter, most did not get accomplished. Many projects look like they are going to have to wait until summer now. I know Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we don’t live in Rome…I digress.

If you happen to come out Saturday, you will see construction underway on our Monrovia Boutique. Construction will be Saturday, design and decoration will be Monday and Tuesday. We also have received two semi-truckloads of plant material from Monrovia this week!

Gardening is alive and well in Old Hickory. Yesterday I spoke to the Brandywine Women’s Club at Old Hickory Country Club. What a wonderful group of ladies. I certainly enjoyed my visit and sharing gardening thoughts with them. A real bright spot on an otherwise cold and sleety day! I want to extend a special “thank you” to Jennifer Tieche for the invitation. I also want to mention the Old Hickory Village Community Garden, a great community garden project.

I am sure many of you will be attending the “Lawn and Garden Show” this weekend at the fairgrounds. It is a bittersweet time as this will be the last of the fine shows…at least at fairgrounds location. My good friend of many years, Randall Lantz of Metro Parks has worked tirelessly for the last 30 years at this endeavor. Randall deserves our thanks and heartfelt appreciation for a job well done! (by the way Josh and I will be giving away pairs of tickets Saturday morning on “The At Home Show” on SuperTalk 99.7 FM beginning at 7am…we invite you to tune in).

While I was away in 2007 and part of 2008, I was pleased to serve on the board of the Cumberland River Compact. The CRC is a non-profit group that promotes water quality issues of the Cumberland River and all of its tributaries. Cumberland River Compact has been chosen as one of eight finalists to receive a $25,000 grant from MillerCoors, one of the nation’s top brewers, and River Network, a national non-profit working to preserve and restore clean and healthy waters.

In order to win the grant, they need your help! This is an online voting competition; the finalist with the most votes will win the $25,000 grant, while the runner-up will receive $15,000 and the third place winner will receive $5,000. Voting is open from March 1 to March 26. Voting only takes a moment; http://www.rivernetwork.org/forms/votemillercoorsgrantscontest2010

We are busily preparing for your arrival! The time is drawing near. The weather is improving. Plants are moving out of the greenhouses and off the trucks. The transition time between winter and spring can be challenging. We are up to the challenge, we know you are too!

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick…spring draws ever closer,

David Bates