Thankful Thursdays: Meet Our Garden Tour Program and Signage Sponsors!

One afternoon, five unique gardens, many neighbors and new friends, and free admission to the IN State Fair. You’ll find all of this and more at our NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TOUR on Sun., August 20 from 2-5pm!

  • Tickets are limited and going fast (adults 16+: $10; kids 8-15: $5; kids 7 and under, FREE)
  • Visit five different gardens, including the Demonstration Gardens and Greenhouse at the IN State Fairgrounds; learn from home gardeners right in our neighborhood; meet your neighbors; AND get free admission to explore the last evening of the IN State Fair!

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As the countdown continues – only 17 days! – we want to celebrate our amazing Garden Tour sponsors and supporters in our second “Thankful Thursday.” Today, we meet our tour program sponsor, Hope Plumbing, and signage and printing sponsor, Markey’s Rental and Staging.

HOPE PLUMBING, Garden Tour Program Sponsor

Our friends at Hope Plumbing are right up the street from the garden and have also helped us out tremendously by installing and fixing our garden’s water source!

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Hope Plumbing is a locally owned and operated full service residential plumbing company located in SoBro that specializes in older homes. We offer a wide range of plumbing services and can take care of any plumbing issues you may have in, or outside, of your home. Hope Plumbing is a little over 10 years old and employs approximately 30 full time employees. We strongly believe in taking care of our employees by providing competitive wages, health insurance benefits, and retirement plans. Hope Plumbing supports its local community as much as possible.

MARKEY’S RENTAL AND STAGING, Garden Tour Signage and Printing Sponsor

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Markey’s Rental & Staging is a national rental and staging/audiovisual company headquartered in Indianapolis since 1959. We have the largest inventory of high-quality audiovisual equipment in the Midwest and more than 160 professionals who support important events, conferences and corporate meetings that take place all across the United States.

DON’T MISS OUR FIRST EVER GARDEN TOUR! 

  • For details and to purchase tickets today, visit our Eventbrite page.
  • To be part of the community, follow us on Facebook.

Namaste: Yoga in the Garden Turns Out to Be THE BEST THING EVER

About a month ago, one of our neighbors and new friends, John-Payton Rowley of SoBeFit and yogaindy.com, approached us with a great idea: yoga in the garden. Earlier this week thanks to JP, we hosted our first by-donation Yoga in the Garden class, and we could not have pictured a more beautiful way to spend a Tuesday evening!

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Not only was the day a gorgeous one (always a big question mark in Central Indiana at the end of July), but JP walked us through a wonderful, energizing, grounding yoga practice. We heard the sounds of the park – a basketball bouncing on the court, kids playing in the splash pad, a skateboarder at the skate park, laughter, car stereos going past on 46th St., birds chirping in the treetops above, and the breeze rustling through leaves. We watched ants make their ways across our mats and felt grass in our fingers. JP encouraged and smiled and laughed, and we smiled and laughed back.

Long story short: it was a perfect evening with some really wonderful humans. We cannot thank John-Payton enough for bringing this idea to fruition!

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To us, this is what community’s all about: an amazing neighbor who has a clear passion and skill that jives perfectly with what we’re trying to accomplish, offering up a great an idea, making it happen seamlessly and beautifully… AND watching our neighbors, in turn, come out in droves to be a part of it!

We will be bringing JP back as soon as we possibly can in August for another great evening! THANK YOU to JP and to everyone who made it such a great success.

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In the meantime, we will be hosting a second Yoga in the Garden gathering with Lisa Daugherty of CITYOGA on Tues., Aug. 1 from 6-7pm. This special evening will be held in conjunction with the Keystone-Monon Neighborhood Association’s National Night Out at Arsenal Park! Yoga, a garden, and a neighborhood potluck? Talk about good community vibes.

Thankful Thursdays, Garden Tour Edition: Meet the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center

Welcome to our first ever Thankful Thursday, where we feature our partners who put the “community” in community garden! Frankly, our garden would not exist without the support of so many individuals, businesses, and organizations over the years.

From people power (including volunteers, meeting participants, and gardeners) to in-kind donations, discounts on services and supplies, donations of heavy machinery (along with people to use said machinery without crashing), and every single dollar donated, we celebrate every bit of support we have received since dreaming up this garden in 2015.

We launch Thankful Thursdays by introducing you over the next several weeks to the founding sponsors of our first ever Garden Tour, taking place Sun., August 20 from 2-5pm! Today, we start with our presenting sponsor, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.

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The northern edge of the Indiana State Fairgrounds is actually viewable from the garden, and we couldn’t be happier to share our neighborhood with the fine folks there. As presenting sponsors, the Fairgrounds will open their doors to tour participants, allowing us an insider look at the Purdue Extension-Marion County’s Demonstration Garden and Greenhouse.

All tour participants will gain free admission following our tour to enjoy the final evening of the much-loved Indiana State Fair! Did someone say corn dogs, deep fried pickles, and handcut fries? You know where to find us.

MORE FROM OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR

The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is happy to be the presenting sponsor for the Keystone-Monon Community Garden Tour for 2017. We continue to cultivate the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center as an active and civically engaged community partner, and this event is the perfect platform to support this vision. The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is host to more than 350 events each year culminating with our signature event, the Great Indiana State Fair. As we celebrate the Wonderful World of Food in 2017, we welcome you to our Fair.

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INTERESTED IN ATTENDING?

Tickets are limited and will sell out fast for the first-ever Keystone-Monon Garden Tour!

  • For details and to purchase tickets today, visit our Eventbrite page.
  • To be part of the community, follow us on Facebook.

Today’s the Day! Visit Indy Urban Flea and Centerpoint Brewing and Help Us Give Thanks

Each month, a really cool thing happens in downtown Indy at the Circle City Industrial Complex: an urban flea market where you’ll find new-to-you treasures of all kinds, locally grown veggies and roasted coffee, and a hopping fun brewery right next door. I’m talking about Indy Urban Flea, which is not only a really cool monthly event but also a tremendous community partner and supporter.

In April, Indy Urban Flea and Centerpoint Brewing selected the garden to be its featured community partner! Thanks to this support, we raised $327 from our seedling sale and onsite donations at Indy Urban Flea and an additional $274 from Centerpoint Brewing, which donated $1 for every pint sold to the garden (and it happened to be a gorgeous, sunny day).

That’s a grand total of $601 raised!

What does that mean for a community garden that’s entirely volunteer- and donation-driven? So, so much. We stretch every dollar, and we were blown away by our community’s response and generosity. Not only can we now cover the not-so-sexy, yet totally necessary cost of our public liability insurance next year, but we also look forward to building some new communal garden beds, like a strawberry patch for all our gardeners and neighbors to enjoy!

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Indy Urban Flea today, rain or shine, and enjoy a pint from the fine folks at Centerpoint Brewing:

  • Indy Urban Flea
  • Saturday, 5/20/17, 10am-4pm
  • Circle City Industrial Complex, 1225 Brookside Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
  • May’s featured organization: The Village of Merici who provides residential supported living and community integration services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Countdown Begins: Our Seedling Sale Is One Week Away!

The countdown to our Spring Seedling Sale and Seed Giveaway begins! One week from today, we will be selling close to 200 beautiful seedlings for your garden. All proceeds benefit the garden, which is a completely volunteer-, donation-, and community-driven endeavor.

Join us at Indy Urban Flea, pick up some seeds, buy your seedlings, and have a pint at Centerpoint Brewing! Did we mention $1 from every pint sale goes to the garden, too?

Yeah, our city is pretty rad.

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WHAT: Seedling Sale, Seed Giveaway, and Garden Meet and Greet

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 10am-4pm

WHERE: Indy Urban Flea – Circle City Industrial Complex, 1225 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis

Download a flyer to share here.

And Just Like That, the Garden Is READY… Thanks to Our Neighborhood Friends and Supporters!

Did you know that 10 cubic yards of compost would equal somewhere around 120 wheelbarrow loads? Now can you imagine the backbreaking effort it would require to move all of that from the parking area at Arsenal Park through the grass to the garden?

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It is impossible to overstate how much two amazing neighborhood partners helped us out this weekend. For the second year, local landscaper Robert Sickle and neighborhood business partner Hoosier Tools have lifted our load immensely. Thanks to them, our gardeners who finished the job, and some beautiful weather this morning, our garden beds are now ready to be planted!

Please help us thank our neighborhood partners who made all of this possible: 

  • Huge thanks to Hoosier Tools, who for the second year in a row donated the use of a Bobcat, allowing us to move our load of compost from the parking area to the garden. They even covered the gas, which was incredibly kind. Thanks to Stephen Lee for this generous donation (317-466-5060). Hoosier Tools has all kinds of items available for rent, especially for all your spring garden and home projects.
  • Local landscaper Robert Sickle (317-224-8184) spent his Friday afternoon commandeering a Bobcat and moving 10 cubic yards of compost to the garden, which saved us from the backbreaking labor of moving it my wheelbarrow. Robert does beautiful work and provides free estimates – call him today! And thank you, thank you, thank you again.

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  • GreenCycle not only provided us with absolutely gorgeous (and slightly discounted) compost, but they also were gracious about our need to move our delivery date back a week due to weather.

We simply could not have created this garden without the help and support of people like Robert Sickle, Steve Lee at Hoosier Tools, and the fine folks at GreenCycle – not to mention the gardeners who came out this morning to get this beautiful stuff into all of our beds! What a beautiful way to spend the day. Thanks to all!

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Construction Begins! Applications, Meeting Minutes, and a Big Thank You

Wow. Just WOW!

Such a tiny word cannot possibly express our gratitude to Lowe’s, which donated all of the garden edging lumber and hardware necessary to create the border for the new Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park.

Even bigger thanks to our amazing garden construction team and our fearless construction leader, Liz! They got a plan together at last week’s meeting, and this past weekend they launched into action, completing our garden border. It’s happening!

 

A few other items for the good of the order:

MINUTES: Meeting minutes from our 2/22/16 work group meeting are available here. Thanks to our amazing construction team, garden building began as of last weekend with our new garden border! Next up: garden signage and a big mulch moving day very soon. Stay tuned – we will reach out for volunteers ASAP.

CALLING ALL FUTURE GARDEN LEADERS! We also need a few good folks to serve on our leadership/”steering committee.” After a year of hard work to get the garden up and running, Sara is stepping back from a co-organizer role, which means Christie could use a lot of help. Please email KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com if you would like to serve on this smaller team who will help lead organizing meetings and manage work days and operations (communications, setting agendas, serving as rotating leaders of meetings as needed).

PLOT APPLICATIONS: Applications for garden plots this spring are due March 15, and they are going fast! Download your application and forms herePlots are available first-come, first-served, and we plan to build between 16-20 this year, depending on demand and our funding availability. Apply today!

WORK GROUPS: Let us know if you’d like to participate on our construction, fundraising, seed starting, volunteer management, or education work groups. And remember, you are welcome to join any of our work days or events anytime!

Have a wonderful day, all, and we are thrilled to begin gardening with you soon.