Spring Green Garden Show returns May 24

Ellen Shafer, left, and Kate Siliba were among the dozens of volunteers who spent the morning of April 26 getting the Bay Village Community Garden cleaned up for the planting season and the May 24 Spring Green Garden Show. Photo by Jan Maziasz

Set your calendar for return of the Spring Green Garden Show. The Bay Village Green Team hosts the only local event focused on a sustainable city at the Bay Community Garden. Walk, ride or drive to the corner of Wolf and Forestview roads on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Spring Green Garden Show is free, family-friendly and promotes organic gardening, buying local, sustainable energy and watershed concerns. Experience the beauty of the community garden! Meet your local Green Team and members of the Village Bicycle Cooperative. Ask our volunteers what they have been doing to improve air, water and our city – including the new bike ordinances, improving our recycle efforts, and what zero waste is all about. Find out if your business or organizations can hold zero waste fund raisers.

The show offers free crafts for kids to learn how to recycle materials into useful items around the house or yard. The interactive Enviroscape model encourages learning with real "waste" flow and learn about soil erosion and water conservation. An electricity generating bicycle will show pedalers the energy required to power various consumer items including incandescent versus LED light bulbs, a radio and a fan. Kids and adults can participate in a release of domestic doves at noon and watch them fly away home.

Ask the experts on hand throughout the day about gardening, composting and urban beekeeping. Meet local vendors and look at product displays focusing on organic lawn and garden care, sustainable landscape design, rain barrels and organic gardening products. Refreshments will be available.

There will be a silent auction featuring green gardening products and services. Residents are encouraged to walk or ride their bike to the event, and the first 50 people to walk or bike in will receive a free gift.

Visit bayvillagegreenteam.org for more information.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.29.2014