2019 Report for Watson And Bassett

Neighborhood:

Newhallville

Type of Site:

Vacant Lot

Address:

Watson and Bassett, New Haven, CT

Year

2019

Number of volunteers

23

Total volunteer hours

94

Number of events

10

Number of shrubs planted

3

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Moonshadow wintercreeper

Number of perennials planted

79

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Ajuga, vinca, variegated hostas, coral bells, lady’s mantle, variegated liriope, daylilies, purple sage

Yards mulch spread

2.50

Other Infrastructure or Materials

Quantity:

1.00

Details:

Bag of grass seed

Quantity:

1.00

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Bench

Category:

Stonedust

Quantity:

0.30

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Yards

Category:

Topsoil

Quantity:

2.00

Details:

Yards

Summary

When a group of Newhallville neighbors founded the Watson and Bassett greenspace twenty-five years ago, they set out to reclaim and beautify a small corner lot, designing a community garden around a heavily trafficked cut-through path. In the 2019 season, Watson and Bassett continued in this tradition, working energetically to improve upon the existing space, while also adding new features. The group started the summer by weeding and mulching around the perimeter of the park. Then they planted seventy-nine shade-tolerant perennials in the back of the lot, establishing a new planting bed in the process. The group ended with infrastructural improvements and maintenance: replenishing the stone dust path, adding a new bench, raising the level of the lawn, and reseeding the grass. The work was often strenuous given the core group’s modest size, but Watson and Bassett still managed to achieve all of its goals for the summer.