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Nikki H
Desmond Avenue Hillside
(Edgewater Parke Neighborhood, Cudell)
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SAVE THE DATE: Daffodil Bulb Planting Day Sunday, November 7th

the project

The west side of Cleveland neighborhood my family calls home, Edgewater Parke, for years has endured a negative reputation. One source of the problem is that our neighborhood is effectively cut off from the lakefront and Edgewater Park by the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, the Shoreway, and the historic, but dilapidated, Lake Avenue Bridge. Putting us firmly "on the wrong side of the tracks."

A few years ago, one of my neighbors, Julia Van Wagenen, started an ioby project to beautify the Lake Avenue Bridge. Along with public art, the project involved planting daffodil bulbs and other plants near the bridge on Viking Court and along Desmond. I noticed that the daffodils, in particular, stood out in the early spring and thought what if we could do something on Desmond similar to Daffodil Hill at Lakeview Cemetary - fill the Desmond hillside with tens of thousands of daffodils! I believe that if we plant 50,000 daffodil bulbs on the Desmond hillside it will have a stunning effect on the neighborhood's landscape for a few weeks each spring. 

It will take a small army of volunteers to plant that many daffodil bulbs in one day - my goal is 50 people. I am hopeful that our day of planting, in addition to the shared sense of accomplishment and pride when the flowers bloom in the spring, will foster positive change in the neighborhood. 


the steps

Source daffodil bulbs that will do well and be very visible in this location. 

Gather equipment, such as shovels and bulb planters, to be used in the fall planting. 

Assemble a volunteer team and plant 50,000+ daffodil bulbs one weekend this fall. 

Wait for Spring 2022!

why we're doing it

The Desmond corridor, which runs alongside the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks between West Boulevard and Lake Avenue, often looks overgrown and neglected. Our neighborhood has organized clean-ups in the area and has been discussing how to turn this unattractive passage into a pollinator habitat. Planting 50,000 daffodil bulbs will turn a once ugly railroad hillside into a source of neighborhood pride. 


Disbursed Budget: 11.18.21

$2,096.71 Daffodil Bulbs - Van Engelen Inc.

$200.00 Planting Supplies (shovels, bulb planters)

$220.44 Misc. Supplices (garbage bags, work gloves, etc.) 

= $2,517.15

TOTAL RAISED = $2,595.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $77.85


Original Budget:

Update: the following will cost closer to $8000, not $10,000

50,000 daffodil bulbs

Bulb Planters


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Original Budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)    N/A
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) (Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $309
TOTAL TO RAISE=    $10,309
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


SAVE THE DATE: Daffodil Bulb Planting Day Sunday, November 7th

Fall is finally here! Together, we raised enough money to purchase 5,000 daffodil bulbs!! My plan is to get maximum coverage by planting 1,000 bulbs at each intersection along Desmond: W. 89th, W. 91st, W. 93rd, on either side of the tunnel at W. 95th, and at Silk. 

Our main planting day will be Sunday, November 7th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm. If you have gardening gloves and a hand trowel or bulb planter please bring them; I will bring extra gloves and gardening tools to share. If anyone is interested in helping clear away vines, etc. the weekend before please let me know! 

I'm super excited for this - thank you to everyone who contributed!!! 


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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