Archive for Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Beautification program discussed at Baldwin Chamber meeting

March 15, 2000

Through trees, a children's garden and a garden of the week recognition, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce wants to make Baldwin a more beautiful place.

Chamber and community members, along with owners of local nurseries and flower shops, brain-stormed ways to promote a community-wide beautification program during a Chamber meeting last Wednesday night.

"There are so many things we want to do," said Chamber president Diane Niehoff. "We are trying to get as many people involved in beautifying the community as possible."

Planting trees maple and other trees with brilliant fall foliage is one plan the Chamber is promoting. Doug Davison of Vinland Valley Nursery has ordered such trees and will offer a 10 percent discount on the trees to be sold in conjunction with the Friends of the Library spring plant sale on April 29 at the Baldwin City Public Library. Trees may also be ordered in advance. The Baldwin City chapter of the Jaycees is also getting in on the action, with plans to take tree orders as a fund-raising project, Niehoff said.

Another project is starting a weekly recognition of Baldwin yards and gardens. Niehoff said Danny and Becky McMillen, former nursery owners, have agreed to be judges naming a weekly winner from May through September.

"They are knowledgeable about what it takes to make a neat yard," Niehoff said.

Plans are also budding for a children's garden. Niehoff said details such as where the garden would be and who would help the children are yet to be worked out.

"We wanted to involve kids," Niehoff said. "Overall, our goal is to instill a lot of pride in the community and make Baldwin beautiful," she said.

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