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The Very First Bulb Project – 2003

This is a Press Release from the very first Bulb Project in 2003:

Saturday, October 4 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Westcott Community Center. 2,300 tulip, daffodil & crocus bulbs will be given away free to neighbors in the Westcott neighborhood. “Neighbors investing in their neighborhood and the involvement of local community organizations and businesses made the project possible,” said Peter Wirth organizer of the project.

Free compost; a dozen bulbs and planting instructions will be given to each person who comes to the WCC on Saturday, October 4 on a first come first serve basis. Neighbors are being asked to plant the bulbs where they are visible from the street so everyone can enjoy them in the spring

Toad Hollow Compost donated three cubic yards of compost. Syracuse Farm Supply, where the bulbs were purchased to keep the money in our community donated baskets and created digital photos of the bulbs for a beautiful display.

“Members of ENIP – Eastside Neighbors in Partnership are donating labor and will plant 250 bulbs later in the month in the 1400 – 1600 blocks of E. Fayette and the 500 block of Westcott St. ” said Jim Dessauer, Executive Director. Fifty bulbs will be planted at the WCC by the Kids Club After School Program. Youths age 9 – 14 are working on a planting design; will plant the bulbs and get to see their results in the spring. The Kids After School program is offered at no cost to participants and is open from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The Center is currently serving 30 youth.

The idea for the project came from a spring hike while visiting friends in Ohio. Jane Trettler, from Fayetteville who was along on the hike will be hosting a dinner party this fall for patrons ($75 contribution) of the project.

The following is a report from that first year:

Twenty three hundred bulbs ( 900 daffodils, 700 tulips & 700 crocuses) were purchased from Syracuse Farm Supply with support from residents and organizations from the neighborhood. The bulbs were purchased locally so money donated would go to work in our community.

On Saturday, Oct. 4 over 150 people picked up a dozen free bulbs and compost donated by Toad Hollow Compost ( 655-4756)). There was a steady stream of adults, many with children through the Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. People were given planting instructions and asked to plant the bulbs where they would be visible from the street so everyone passing by in the neighborhood could enjoy. According to Barb Kobritz and Rae Kramer people were very receptive to this idea.

Fifty bulbs were set aside and planted at the Westcott Community Center and thirty bulbs were planted in the Petit library garden.

Two hundred and fifty bulbs were planted by volunteers from East Side Neighbors in Partnership. Most were planted in the 1400 – 1600 blocks of E. Fayette and the 500 block of Westcott St. Smaller numbers were planted in Avandale, Dell, Greenwood, Hawthorne, Lexington and Maple Street.

A special thanks to the organizations which made this project possible:
Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative
University Neighborhood Preservation Association
Westcott Community Development Corporation
Westcott East Neighborhood Association
and patrons Jane Trettler and Jerry & Judy Grant.

Comments on the project:

“Neighbors investing in their neighborhood and the involvement of local community organizations and businesses made the project possible,” said Peter Wirth organizer of the project.

Free compost; a dozen bulbs and planting instructions will be given to each person who comes to the WCC on Saturday, October 4 on a first come first serve basis. Neighbors are being asked to plant the bulbs where they are visible from the street so everyone can enjoy them in the spring

Toad Hollow Compost (655-4756) donated three cubic yards of compost. Syracuse Farm Supply, where the bulbs were purchased to keep the money in our community donated baskets and created digital photos of the bulbs for a beautiful display.

“Members of ENIP – Eastside Neighbors in Partnership are donating labor and will plant 250 bulbs later in the month in the 1400 – 1600 blocks of E. Fayette and the 500 block of Westcott St. ” said Jim Dessauer, Executive Director.

Fifty bulbs will be planted at the WCC by the Kids Club After School Program. Youths age 9 – 14 are working on a planting design; will plant the bulbs and get to see their results in the spring. The Kids After School program is offered at no cost to participants and is open from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The Center is currently serving 30 youth.

The idea for the project came from a spring hike while visiting friends in Ohio. Jane Trettler, from Fayetteville who was along on the hike will be hosting a dinner party this fall for patrons ($75 contribution) of the project.

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