I arrived at the Clock Garden at about 11:45 AM, but decided
there was nothing much to clean up there, so I moved further back
down to the next garden and began to set up my Grocery Basket
Kiosk. Fortunately, my helper and photographer, Al-Quadir Marsh,
rode up on his bicycle just then and began taking pictures. This
is the same Kiosk I used at the Tea
Party Tax Day last Friday, but with new decorations.
Al-Quadir pitched right in, helping me to finish
putting together the Kiosk, and then we started in cleaning up
the small triangular park. This park is within sight of the Clock
Garden, so if anyone came there looking for me, they would easily
have found me just a little further down the street. No one came
looking, so we just went ahead with the clean-up work.
Next to the triangular park, there is a great
rectangular area that would make an excellent playing area for
the local kids, but it was littered with glass and debris and the
City seems to have forgotten it is there or how nice it could be.
Al-Quadir and I did our best to clean it up, but someone will
have to keep the local adults from trashing the place again so
the kids can use it.
We had 30 minutes left of our scheduled time, so
we moved the Kiosk down to the third garden in the area. This is
a really beautiful little triangular plot just at the entrance to
Old Sanford Street and the Extra Supermarket parking lot. The
ground is covered with tiny blue violets, with occasional yellow
violets peeking out, and lots of plump dandelions ready for
harvest. In the center is a beautiful choke cherry tree just
getting ready to burst into bloom. But there was also a lot of
bottles and trash, so we got to work and finished our time
cleaning it up. I had advertised that I would give an apple tree
seedling to anyone who helped us collect litter, but since there
were no helpers, I gave Al-Quadir a seedling (he only wanted one,
although he had earned the whole basket!) and we ended our
combined celebration of Earth Day and Johnny Appleseed Day. My
motto for the Tea Party is "It
only takes one," but I was very glad to have two of us
out there today!
If anyone had asked for a brochure, this is
what we would have given them.