Input invited for “Gardens on the Boulevard”
Alpine residents and business owners are invited to hear plans and offer ideas for landscaping of Alpine Boulevard at a public meeting set for 6:30 pm, Monday, July 16 at Alpine Community Center.
CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc., a local not-for-profit group, is offering to design and install gardens along Alpine Boulevard in the town core where new dirt plots have been created as a result of recent Sunrise Powerlink and County construction.
The work will be done at no cost to the business or property owners, through the CHIRP project “Gardens on the Boulevard,” said Lisa Lomax,
She said a basic plant palette of about two dozen plants will be used. Design and plants will vary from plot-to-plot, depending on size, shape, water availability and other factors. “By repeating the same plants throughout the downtown area, we will create a cohesive feel and flow for our town,” she said. Lomax stressed that the Alpine Boulevard plant palette is not comprised of “common landscape plants.” “The plant material we will be using is more ‘high-end’, and is being selected for year-round beauty as well as several other criteria appropriate to the project,” she said. “Our vision is that the gardens will be so uniquely alluring, that they will attract visitors who come to Alpine just to see them!”
Funding for the project will be provided by grants, donations and other fundraising efforts. An anonymous donor is offering matching funds up to a total of $10,000. “Our primary costs are plants, mulch materials and soil amendments,” she said. “Garden designers are volunteering their services, and installation is being done by volunteers.”
Lomax said she is pleased that CHIRP Garden Club members have offered to assist in planting and maintaining the new gardens, and other local community groups and individuals have expressed an interest in helping, as well.
For more information, please contact CHIRP at (619) 445-8352, or visit www.chirp.org.
Maureen Austin, Executive Director
CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc.
“…helping to plant spaces which support winged wildlife.”