Garden Party for the Birds

Posted May 2nd, 2012 by Julie Pompa  Category: Arts & Entertainment


What: Dedication of the Manos Community Garden
When: Friday, May 4, 2012
Where: Manos Community Garden
Jackson & 14th Sts. (behind Manhattan’s Restaurant)
Schedule: Beginning at 11:00 a.m. – Dedication of the Garden to Manos Paschalis, with Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Karen Raney Wolkins, executive director, Toledo Botanical Garden
Additional activities: Mural unveiling and presentation of artists
Performances by Toledo School for the Arts, and Glass City Steel Drum Band

Background Information:
In 2010, Manos Paschalis, owner of Manos Greek Restaurant, offered the property at Jackson and 14th Streets in Toledo’s Uptown District to Toledo Grows, a community garden outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden, to create a community garden. The property was cleared, and in 2011 a design was conceived by Toledo Grow’s Alison Wood-Osmun to incorporate the idea of community, art and nature in the property.

The garden has become a drive-by art and sculpture gallery; a green, grassy space for children to play in; a refuge for urban birds and wildlife; and a place for the community to gather and adopt their own garden bed. Among the organizations utilizing this space are the Toledo School for the Arts, the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities Adult Division and the employees of nearby Tolco Corp.

Components of the garden include:
• A community vegetable garden, created as a raised bed garden in a rising sun design
• Native gardens and border featuring a mix of native plants and shrubs and perennials supporting pollinators and birds
• A stacked stone terrace
• Nature murals painted by local artists
• The Green Goddess Mural
• A gathering place in a park-like setting
• Performance / art space and play area
• Bird and bat house totem poles, using recycled telephone poles to support wildlife and add sculptural interest
• A rain garden

The garden is a certified wildlife habitat and Cornell University Urban Bird Study Site.

The “Garden Party for the Birds” is free and open to the public. “Celebrate Urban Birds” kits and posters will be given away, and there will be a drawing for bird feeders from Kaytee.

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