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AG Neighbors come together to beautify the neighborhood and cut costs.
You might have noticed the new crepe myrtle at the Caprington entrance, or perhaps you saw the many new pansies throughout the neighborhood flowerbeds. If you’re especially observant, you might have noticed the “pencil hollies” planted at the Almond Glen entrance. These new plants and flowers were planted on October 20th by a group of volunteers from around the neighborhood.
On October 10th I received the invoice for the flowers needed for the seasonal color beds around the pool and entrances. The quote from the landscapers was just over $2300. I asked the board to quickly plan a flower planting day and board members Brigida Deserre, Alicia Jones, and Chris Martin worked for the next 10 days to gather supplies and organize volunteers.
HOA member Alicia Martin gave creative input on the different plants for the beds and Brigida picked out the best plants, flowers, and trees. Several neighbors helped load, transport, and unload the more than 700 pansies, crepe myrtle, pencil hollies, cabbages, dirt, mulch, and fertilizer. (Special thanks to neighbor Mike Brown for the multiple trips to the Growers Outlet in Pineville and Brian McFadden for help unloading).
On Sunday at 2pm I met Paul, Elizabeth, Lorelai, and Jackie Schellberg, Justin Swope, Dee Jay Prosch, Gladys, Alicia Jones, Alicia and Chris Martin, Brigida Desserre, Katie and Anna Conners, Frank Jackson, Julia Brown, Marisa Demarco, Alex and Sara Kelley, my wife Suzanne and my daughter Maddie in the pool parking lot. The volunteers were given some basic guidance and then let loose on the neighborhood flowerbeds.
By 4:30pm the flowers and plants were planted and the cleanup was complete. We then gathered at the pool to enjoy a well-earned celebratory meal from Qdoba Mexican Grill.
The cost of the entire project was under $800.00.
On behalf of the entire board of directors I would like to express our thanks to the volunteers who came out on Sunday. Without your help could not have met our goals.