Thursday, April 24, 2014

shades of green

    (Dewees Island- April 2014)

"Nothing in America lasts long. If a product or enterprise doesn't constantly reinvent itself it is superseded, cast aside, abandoned without sentiment in favor of something bigger, newer and alas, always, always, uglier. And then there is the good old Appalachian Trail, still quietly ticking along after six decades, unassuming, splendid, faithful to it's founding principles, sweetly unaware that the world has quite moved on. It's a miracle really."
-From A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson 

On Dewees Island there is a ferry that runs it's residents and visitors back and forth to the mainland. We recently spent a blissful week coexisting with the Island regulars and on this ferry I met one of the Island residents who shared his time between Dewees and Missouri and had this to say "How green are we really? I mean, for most of us these "green" homes are second homes, we take a private ferry to and from the island daily, and climb into our over-sized SUVs on the mainland. It's a little bit like Leonardo Decaprio with his multiple homes and private jet yet driving a Prius! I mean, how green are we really?" This man had gone to unbelievable lengths in a 3 year project to restore a home that would capture a small green slice of heaven on the Island and we both laughed at what "saving green" meant in that process. 

Do you make an effort, no matter how seemingly small, to measure your green footprint? The folks at the Charleston Parks Conservancy and East Cooper Land Trust have been thinking green for years and with the help from people like you and I, they can continue to makes great strides toward saving our local green spaces. One way I use this blog as a tool in volunteering for this cause is through writing articles like this one for the Moultrie News in honor of Earth Day and spotlighting green this week. Want to get your hands in the soil too? The Charleston Parks Conservancy does an amazing job of securing volunteers to help maintain the land it cares for and you can help out tomorrow...

(photo: Charleston Land Conservancy)

Check out this event detailed in the following press release from the Charleston Land Conservancy:
Planting Begins at Magnolia Park and
Community Garden in West Ashley

CHARLESTON, S.C. – On Saturday, the Charleston Parks Conservancy will be working with local residents on planting their first garden plots at Magnolia Park and Community Garden, a new public park and garden in West Ashley.

The City of Charleston park is located at the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Magnolia Road in West Ashley near the Avondale community. The Conservancy, along with dozens of volunteers, has spent the last several months readying the property for spring planting.

“The vision for a community garden in this space has been a long time in the making and we’re delighted to see the first community members working in their beds this week,” said Jim Martin, Conservancy programs director. “This is a yet another example of how the Conservancy works with neighborhoods to create beautiful public spaces.”

The garden has 40 plots available for leasing along with eight community beds where volunteers can learn about growing vegetables. The fresh produce harvested from those community beds will be available to those volunteers and donated to local shelters and food pantries. Additional plans include educational programming and gardening classes at the park.

Conservancy staff horticulturists have been preparing the beds this week, and volunteers will assist in filling the beds with soil beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, April 25. The first crop of gardeners will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the park for an orientation and to begin planting their individual beds. The introductory cost to lease a 4-foot by 8-foot raised bed is $50 for 2014. Once all the beds are leased, interested individuals will be added to a waiting list.  

With help from the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy (now the East Cooper Land Trust), the Charleston Parks Conservancy acquired the 3.7-acre property in 2011 with the help of the Charleston County Greenbelt program. Donations for the development of the park also came from local residents and businesses as well as a $20,000 Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant.
Last year, the Conservancy donated the property to the City of Charleston for use as a public park.

Students from the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston designed and built a 400-square-foot shaded pavilion that will be used for community gatherings and a potential farmers market, as well as storage for gardening supplies.
For questions about volunteering in the garden or to lease a bed, contact Leslie Wade, the Conservancy’s community garden coordinator, at

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy 
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to their parks and in turn increasing the quality, awareness, appreciation and usage of Charleston’s parks and green spaces. The Conservancy opens doors to individuals and communities in Charleston wanting to engage with their parks and green spaces in a kaleidoscope of positive ways. With the help of its Park Angels volunteer force, the Conservancy seeks to rally community support and pride behind the effort to create a lasting movement. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit

1 comment:

  1. These photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing a new post. Regards.