We're pleased to offer this report from Amy Jo Countryman on the first annual meeting of the Bloomington Community Orchard.
Dear Fellow Fruit Lovers,
As you may have heard, you rock the Orchard world! We have all officially won an orchard from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Edy's Fruit Bars thanks to all of your persistence and enthusiasm. Thank you.
We are incrementally getting closer to that fateful day when we...plant publicly-owned fruit trees! Here are the most recent developments.
At last! We've wrapped up the major stages in the reconstruction of our patio and the creation of the garden center. I've done my best here to document the process, with lots of pictures and explanations of the process. Presented chronologically, from the present to the beginning, these pictures illustrate the removal of the concrete floor of the patio (inexplicably up to 14 inches deep in places), then show the adding of fine gravel, sand, and finally the pavers, themselves. More recently, there are images of the flower racks and the various flowers and shrubs, themselves. We think the area has quickly evolved into a place both beautiful to visit and helpful in the creation of our own gardens. But it's not complete: we'll be making many adjustments in the days and years ahead to ensure that we offering the best possible selection of the items our member-owners let us know they want. Please don't hesitate to chat with us at the center or drop off a comment card if you have ideas about how we can make the center even better.