April 2018

The suspense of spring’s arrival is excruciating. It was 62 degrees this time last year, but today, it’s snowing… I’m going to have to shovel again.

Despite the weather, the TWP team is buzzing around getting ready for a busy spring. As mentioned last month, TWP will be joining the U of M’s Bee Squad at Urban Growler Brewing Co. for Bee Trivia & Honey IPA Party on Wednesday, April 4, from 6 – 9 pm in UG’s Barrel Room. Not trying to brag, but TWP won bee trivia last year, and we’re looking to repeat. Accepting all challengers!

TWP will have volunteer sign-ups for several upcoming projects. Stop by our table and learn about the projects in your neighborhood and discover how you can get involved! Online sign-ups coming soon!

Speaking of Urban Growler, don’t forget to come out to Flores de Mayo on May 5 from noon – 5 pm! As our esteemed president, Jon Stowell, so eloquently stated, “Music. Beer. Food. Ice Cream.” I’d like to add there will also be flowers for sale from Minnesota Native Landscapes and lots of information from a great group of garden experts. As long as it doesn’t snow, it should be a wonderful time; and even if it does snow, we’ll move the party inside. We’d like to thank Urban Growler and their team for being such helpful and supportive partners. $1.00 of every flagship pint sold will support the creation of new pollinator habitat in the Twin Cities.


Unfortunately, we regret to announce that Pet-a-Corgi will not be present on May 5. They have another obligation that day. But feel free to bring your own pup if you’d like! Bring the whole family!

OK, onto some quick garden updates.

TWP was recently contacted by Midwest Special Services, Inc. through our Submit a Site form. They provide individualized programs and supports to people with intellectual and physical disabilities to help them reach their personal goals and achieve their full potential. They’ve been doing amazing work in the Twin Cities for over 60 years. MSS is installing a new sculpture garden this summer, so TWP is conceptualizing ideas for a fully-accessible sensory pollinator garden to compliment their new artwork. We’re thrilled they want to partner and eager to see how this project evolves. Stay tuned for updates.

Just a reminder that TWP will be holding two adult enrichment gardening classes this summer through Saint Paul Public Education programming. The class will include healthy gardening practices, tips to use in your garden, native plant identification and hands-on activities. We will share more details in the coming months, as well as a link to sign-up, but save these dates for TWP’s Planting with a Purpose class:

Wednesday, June 13 at 6 pm
Dunning Community Garden
Corner of North Griggs St. and Concordia Ave.

Wednesday, June 20 at 6 pm
Merriam Station Community Garden
2001-2005 Gilbert Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55104

Lastly, we want to share that TWP recently applied for grant funding through the University of Minnesota’s Good Neighbor Fund. It’s a relatively small amount, but we’re hoping to transform a 2,000 sq. ft. hillside at Prospect Park Community Garden. The garden lies in between Surly Brewery and TCF Bank Statdium along the Transit-way in Minneapolis, and if you’ve been there recently, you know the crazy amount of development going on. Luckily, the good folks at the community garden have a seat at the table, and it appears as though the existing garden will be dedicated green space (for now). The community has established an ‘Agri-hood’ identity and we’re humbled to be a part of it.

As you may recall, TWP originally seeded its Prospect Park Community Garden project in a November snow storm in 2016. Although the results of that initial seeding have been so-so, we couldn’t be more excited to continue cultivating its growth. Below is a rending of the new garden, designed by Habitat Matt, to be installed (hopefully) this year!

Prospect Park Rusty Patch

Thanks to Del and the Prospect Park Association for their assistance with the grant application. We hope everything works out!

That’s all for now, come see us this Wednesday at Urban Growler if we’re not all snowed in. And just keep believing that spring is coming any day now, and it won’t be long before we’re all #plantingwithapurpose.


Mr. E


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