By Ken Quiggle
On May 1, 2016 a volunteer crew went to the Finnish Garden on M.L.K. Blvd. to make a difference.
Everyone brought tools, bags and a good attitude to rake, trim, cut and pull weeds, leaves, bushes and trees. We cleared tarps full of fallen leaves from around and under the shrubbery. We cut and trimmed dead and overgrown branches from the boxwoods and trees surrounding the garden.
Olli brought topsoil and fertilizer for the lawn in the center of the landscaped area. He also brought and planted some white hydrangea on either side of the granite monument.
Although there is much left to do we made a significant impact. We will need to return frequently throughout the year to keep ahead of the weeds and to maintain the flower beds. We may split into two crews to get better coverage. Olli will bring some of his Finnish friends out in about three weeks and I will bring other folks out about three weeks after. That way we can have good coverage throughout the summer months.
We only worked for about two hours. Many hands make light work. Thank you very much to all who came on Sunday. The day was overcast and threatened rain.
Our crew consisted of Olli Patrikainen, Ron Peura, Ron Toivonen, Eric, Michelle, Victor and Senja Toivonen, Mike Suntala and me. If anyone else would like to join us some Sunday (June 12th?) let me know through the Finnish Heritage Museum (440) 352-8301, sponsors of the Finnish Garden.
Left to right: Olli, Ron, Victor, Eric, Senja, Mike, and Ken.
Left to right: Olli, Ron, Victor, Eric, Senja, Michelle, Mike.
And the end result: yardwaste removed.