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Brooklyn, NY
Welcome to the 6/15 Green community garden blog. This is a place where our community can share stories, poems, photos, memories, recipies, and all other experiences of the garden. For information on 6/15 Green, please see the official website. To share information on the garden or communicate with members, please use the member Google Group.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Garden Fundraiser

Would you like to buy flowers for the garden and help the garden at the same time?  Garden members Valerie DiClerico and Jeanne Lurvey set up a fundraising website that makes it easy to buy great flowers for the garden and 50% of all money goes directly to benefit the garden.  I interviewed Valerie to learn more about the fundraiser and what inspired her to do this to support our wonderful garden.  Check out: and the other links below—and make sure you share it with everyone you know who is looking for great flowers.

Q: What inspired you to start the Flower Power Fundraiser?  Who is involved in this project?
A: This is the second time we've run the Flower Power Fundraiser. The former fundraising co-coordinator and I launched the first campaign in 2014 on the recommendation of a member. Sheila suggested we try it again. Jeanne Lurvey and I are coordinating the fundraiser this year.

Q: How does the fundraiser work and how does it benefit the garden?
A: It's very simple! We have our own 6/15 Green Flower Power campaign website. Anyone can order directly from the page, and can share with friends and family. Your order will be shipped directly to you. The garden doesn't have to invest any money upfront or hold any inventory, but we get 50% of the profits from all sales. The more we share and spread the word, the more the garden with benefit! 

Q: What kinds of flowers are available?
A: There are about 40 different types of flowers available, along with some edible plants, like sprouts and berries. Some of my favorites are the crocosmia lucifer (very intense red), the bleeding heart (beautiful, unusual shape), and the sunflower collection.

Q: How long does the fundraiser last? What are your goals for the fundraiser? (anything beyond just raising money?)
A: The fundraiser runs through May 1st. Our goal is to raise $1000 (maybe a little ambitious)! :) More than the money, I'd personally like to see more people get involved and spread the word. Over the past few years, I've seen a decline in garden member participation in fundraising activities. It would be nice to know the work we do isn't in vain.

Q: If people order from the site, what should they expect? How long does it take to receive your flowers?
A: It's just like ordering from any website - you enter your own payment and shipping details at checkout. If sending as a gift, you can ship directly to the recipient. I'm not sure of the exact ship time. I'm still waiting for my order. Last time, I believe it was a week or two.

Q: How long have you been a member of the garden?  What's one of your most favorite memories of the garden?
A: I've been a member since 2011. One of my favorite memories was from that summer. We had a meeting in the garden, followed by a potluck. A bunch of us stayed in the garden for hours after, chatting and sipping wine. It was such a great feeling of community!

Q: Anything else you'd like to add about the fundraiser or the garden?

A: We can't reach our fundraising goal without member participation! It's super easy to participate just by sharing our 6/15 Green Flower Power campaign website through email and social media.

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