Nile nusery — update

July 22, 2009 at 11:22 am (domestic life, dream, fun, garden, niles) (, , )

A while ago I wrote a bit about the history of the Niles nursery. It has been part of the landscape around here, because the local owners of the nursery are going out of business. What to do with that space is on everyone’s minds. Happily, it is in a park — so it won’t become housing. Or a major commercial enterprise. It can’t without an act of congress. while there is one commercial Nursery that we would love to come in, there is another group. A non- profit group would like to have some combined use of the space — agricultural education, community gardens , garden co-op, demonstration gardens for landscapers, etc. It is really quite exciting. However part of me was listening and thinking more projects….


  1. Peter said,

    A commerical nursery would benefit all, those who grow things, people who need to work, those who just like to look at plants, and the area would probably be kept neat. A community garden would require either volunteers or the communities money to pay people to keep it that way when the volunteers get tired.

  2. jb said,

    Dad, you forgot to mention the benefit of the sales taxes revenues.

  3. egb63 said,

    Unfortunately, the buildings need a lot of work for a commercial nursery. So the likely hood of the commercial nursery coming in is slim. And even those that are behind the community garden plan, would have no problem with the local nursery moving in. They just want an alternative.

    And because the community garden plan also involves a commercial side ( demo gardens for local landscapers — another local business that grows flower for bakeries ) there ill be more to it than just the community gardens.

    Interestingly, the concept works really well in the bay area — Berkley , Palo Alto , etc. And in Niles .. well we seem to run on volunteer power — The Essaney film museum , the Golden Spike Trains, the plaza( remember the town meetings in brookfield? Niles tends to go to the city meetings) , and all the events. Most of the things mention — were at least 20 years in the making. Long term volunteers. And I saw a lot of faces at the garden meeting that I haven’t seen before ( a number of them turned out to be master gardeners) . Plus now — the rose gardens are take care of by volunteers, and a succulent garden (one man every day) plus a veggie garden. Actually, it is kind of awesome to see what volunteers do around here.

    Because the group is looking for the mixed use idea — the will be renting the park from the city. as a 5013c, but not zero dollars.

    Of course, there is the third option. Nothing, And an 11 acre historic park continues to have 5 or 6 kids , a dog walker , a a couple of people on bikes in the park on a given week.

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