’Pocket Pollinator’ gardens in Noble: Neighborhood-building from the ground up

’Pocket Pollinator’ gardens in Noble: Neighborhood-building from the ground up

Tom Jewell/Special to cleveland.com CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The coordinated creation of 11 “pocket pollinator” gardens led to a community celebration on Langton Road Saturday (Sept. 7), in a pilot project that organizers hope to expand throughout the entire Noble neighborhood. In addition to attracting bees and butterflies with pollinator-friendly plantings, the grassroots effort enlisted the support of numerous organizations, as well as a dozen Heights High School students who helped build the small gardens in yards along a street hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. The idea blossomed after Langton resident Madeleine Macklin went to a Noble Neighbors meeting 2 1/2 years ago and asked about any ongoing street beautification efforts, beyond the city stepping in and ordering the removal of some of a half-dozen cars parked on another property — two of those on the lawn. Macklin’s request caught the attention of Tom Gibson and Elsa Johnson with Green Paradigm Partners, who went on to raise $6,000 from various sources, including the Frohring Foundation, the “In Our Back Yards” or “IOBY” coalition — a source of online crowdfunding — and the Presbytery of the Western Reserve Outreach Committee. “One of our (PWR) priorities is environmental stuff,” noted […]

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