Genesis Grounds Committee

Committee members- 

Laura Wallace, MaryLu Barth, and Charlotte Cowles

Thank you to all of our awesome volunteers. Our Spring Grounds Cleanup Day 2022 on Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 4pm went very well. 


News from the Grounds

  • Butterfly Garden- Our new butterfly garden went in two summers ago and the sprouts are coming back up. You'll see it on the path to the right towards the back parking lot as you leave the sanctuary. This year is quite modest, but it will continue to develop over the next few years and contribute to the strengthening of our local biodiversity. Please talk to Sarah if you have butterfly loving plants or other ideas to contribute. 

  • Biodiversity with no herbicides or pesticides-24 months ago our Grounds Committee with the unanimous approval of the Genesis Board, approved to eliminate the use of herbicides and pesticides. We're learning. With the help of our lawn service, the Genesis Staff and other experienced gardeners, and our VOLUNTEERS, we've gotten through the first year.

  • Donate plants for ground cover-Now that we are no longer using herbicides to control the weeds, we are looking for alternatives. In the three large lower-level window wells which surround the sanctuary, we are working to establish a healthy groundcover. The following is a partial list of the plants that are not aggressively invasive. We're asking congregants to donate from their gardens to plant in the window wells. Some common ground covers are: sedum, hosta low growing ferns, lily of the valley, ajuga (bugleweed), spotted deadnettle (lamium), pachysandra, and low growing ferns. If you have some ready, bring them to the clean-up day, and we'll get them planted. Otherwise, keep us in mind as you clean-up your beds at home over the next couple of years. Contract Sarah or Phil with any questions that you have.

   Thank you to our VOLUNTEERS:  

Linda Annesley, Tom Annesley, Phil Barr, Mary Lu Barth, Mike Belzer, David Clifford, Constance Colthorp Amrine, Charlotte Cowles, Christine Cook,Karis Crawford, Kate Morris Curtin, Martha Daniels, Andrew Davidson, Jim Downward, Abbie Egherman, Annette Fisch, Barbara Frank, Kettle Freedman-Doan, Barry Fuller, Josiah Goga, Steve Grey, Penny Griffith, Mary Lu Hayman, Joanne Heaton, Claire Heidema, Knut Hill, Rowen Hill, Avishai Hayut, Nataalie Iglewicz, Suzanne Jones, Ralph Katz, Calvin Kaufmann, Mike Kiehne, Herb Klimach, Linda Klimach, Tim Kowaleski, Joy Lange, Jonathan Levine, David Lewis, Sara Lewis, Dan Long, Kay Long, Gitte Lozano, Steve Lozano, Eillean McMyler, Sue Millard, Sue Miller, Bob Milstein, Christine Modey, Ivy Modey, Rachel Murr, Violet Neau, Sarah Noda, Sarah  Noda, Roger Palay, Bill Parkus, Lisa Perschke, Jack  Petersen, Margaret Petersen, RuthAnn Petersen, Jennifer  Potoff, Matt Potoff, Easter Rosenthal, Murray Rosenthal, Alice Sano, Paul Schwankl, Vera Schwankl, Ruth Scodel, Melissa Sigmond, Karen  Slagell , Eric Slosberg, Mario Spivak, Nomi Spivak, Allison Stupka, Nancy Szabo, Nancy Szabo, Bill Teepen, Nancy Terry, Laura Wallace, Anne Wascuik, Sarah Weiss, Josh Whinston, Jennifer  Wolf, Nancy  Wiley, Mike Wolf  (Active adopt-a-plotters and above and beyond gardeners in Bold... apologies for mistakes & omissions)

Masked and tired at the end of a beautif
John resting on the raised bed he helped
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Christine, Sarah & Linda planting down i

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Mahatma Gandhi"