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Landscape Revitalization by Project EverGreen






Project EverGreen is a national non-profit educational organization of green industry contractors, associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies, and other organizations, which are committed to preserving and enhancing green spaces in communities where we live, work and play.


Project EverGreen recently completed two landscape revitalization projects in San Antonio, Texas, in cooperation with the City of San Antonio Mayor's Office, City Council and the Parks & Recreation Department, BASF Company employees, ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, and local Palo Alto College horticulture students who donated materials and their time.

Volunteer groups, including 130 BASF company employees, were onsite for a half-day in February at both Crockett Park, one of San Antonio's first public green spaces, and Columbus Park, in the heart of the city's Italian community, to donate the plants, mulch and landscaping work.

At Crockett Park, volunteers installed hundreds of shrubs in 12 planting beds in the butterfly garden, and top-dressed the gardens and 25 tree wells with high-nutrition mulch. The Mayor's Office, City Council and Parks & Recreation officials were onsite to recognize the assembled volunteers' efforts.

"Great downtowns have world-class public green spaces," said Mayor Julian Castro. "I'm grateful for this collaboration, led by Project EverGreen, which has reinvigorated two of our community's favorite downtown gathering spaces."

At Columbus Park, volunteers cleared overgrown plant beds, enhanced garden areas with mulch, and re-graded the surface area of the neighborhood bocce court. Native Italian trees were also planted to increase the tree canopy.

T. John Mayhall, San Antonio-based Texas regional manager of ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, volunteered his professional staff's time to help plan the design, and supervise the onsite volunteers. "A key part of our mission is to contribute to communities we serve, so it's a fit for us to help provide a greener environment for the city," he stated.

Overall, more than 900 plants and shrubs, a dozen trees and 300 bags of compost mulch were jointly donated by Project EverGreen, City Parks & Recreation and the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association to restore and refurbish the two landmark parks.

Nursery stock and mulch donations, plus landscaping design, planning, and labor in-kind donations by participating volunteers totaled an estimated equivalent value of more than $10,000. "We're pleased to donate the compost mulch to help enhance these parks right here in San Antonio where we live and work," said Clayton Leonard, San Antonio Region Chair of the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association.

"Project EverGreen's mission is to preserve and enhance green spaces in communities where we live, work and play," said Cindy Code, Project EverGreen Executive Director. "One of the ways we are expanding that commitment is by extending our reach to revitalize parks in cities across the country, beyond communities we now serve. In doing that, we hope to inspire people in San Antonio, in neighboring towns, and in cities everywhere to join us and contribute, to enable us to continue restoring and renewing vigorous, sustainable parks in urban areas nationwide.

For more information about Project EverGreen or to make a donation in an effort to restore and repair parks and green spaces in your city or cities nationwide, please visit projectevergreen.com.

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