Historic Park Restoration/Renovation
My first posting on this subject was to the "Wildflowers and Native Plants" Forum--someone there suggested I post on this Forum. I just finished reading "Where are the history folk?" And, yes, this is the place I need to be.
I just joined the newly formed volunteer "Community Garden Club". Our project is to restore/renovate an old, historical, public park in the Fenton, z5 MI area. "Freedom Park" for any of you who might be familiar with the area. The park was a camping ground and resting place for the soldiers of the Civil War. It was originally a large square but as roads came in it was split diagonally in two leaving only the southeast triangle for the park grounds. The park is unkept with only a gazebo and 3 memorials commemorating the Civil War Camp. In keeping with that history we plan to renovate the park with theme gardens commemorating the wars from: the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
I desperately need your help to find the flora native and/or cultivated that grew in this z5 MI area during each of these eras to make each one of these theme gardens 'historicaly correct'.
And, since several of you have already worked on similar projects you might be able to give me ideas on fundraising to help with the finances. We have already been frowned upon by the Park Commission--so not much help there. We will have to apply for grants for the financing of the major constructions such as the iron entry arbor/gate, fountain(s), paved parking areas, the brick pathways leading to each of the theme gardens, the memorials for each garden, etc.
So far, there are only 3 women and 1 man in this club, so our ideas are not many yet. We would like to offer inscribed donor brick memorials for their family Vetrans to the public to be laid in the brick paths and help defray the cost. Also to have the public donate the park benches as memorials to their family Vetrans.
We thought of contacting Vetrans families through a newspaper notice to have them donate a favorite plant that grew in their Vetrans yard during their specific war and help defray the cost of the plantings from our shoulders.
We were going to have a plant swap in August but have decided to turn it into a plant sale to the public to help raise funds for this project. It won't be spectacular--the plants will have to come from our own gardens. We hope to make garden crafts such as plant markers and windchimes to sell also.
Any ideas and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I especially hope mustardgreens z5 MI will have a response.