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Communities in Bloom Celebration

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Hosta at 241 Simcoe Street

This summer, LMHC undertook a Communities in Bloom project at 241 Simcoe Street, one of our high-rise, rent-geared-to-income buildings for adults.

With the help of a landscape design student from Fanshawe College and the support of several generous donors and sponsors, we were able to design an attractive landscape plan, remove and/or relocate several large shrubs, plant many new beds of perennials, and create a pleasant outdoor haven for our tenants that also adds value to the larger community of SoHo London. Now it’s time to celebrate the completion of our project.

What: Community open house and BBQ lunch

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 12 noon – 1PM

Where: 241 Simcoe Street, London (outdoor gardens, patio and tenant lounge)

Contact Michelle Lynne Goodfellow at 519-434-2765 for more information.

London Free Press Article – Enhancing Curb Appeal

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Published in today’s issue of the London Free Press – an article about our upcoming Communities in Bloom / London Blooms project, asking for plant donations from the community.

“A public housing high-rise in London’s SoHo neighbourhood is trying to improve its curb appeal and is asking for the public’s help.”

Read the entire article here.

Communities in Bloom Project Needs Plants!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The London & Middlesex Housing Corporation (LMHC) is excited to announce our first Communities in Bloom project, at 241 Simcoe Street – a high-rise building of rent-geared-to-income public housing units in London’s SoHo community.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian nonprofit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion and value of green spaces in urban settings.

This project will benefit the low-income residents of 241 Simcoe Street, and also help make London’s SoHo community more attractive and enjoyable to live in.

LMHC has consulted with plant experts and is hiring a Fanshawe College landscape design student to design, prepare, plant and tend the beds alongside our tenants. The project will emphasize perennial, drought-resistant and easily maintained, attractive landscaping that will endure year after year. Generous partners including Try Recycling are donating mulch and compost.

How can you help? LMHC has a limited budget for plants and shrubs for this project, and we also want to encourage community involvement.

When you’re cleaning up your gardens and dividing your perennials this spring, please keep us in mind. We need many plants (especially perennials such as hostas, daylilies, iris and cone flowers) to fill several beds that we have planned. We also hope to plant ground covers such as ivy and myrtle (vinca) in our treed areas where grass won’t thrive, and would even welcome small shrubs such as euonymous.

To arrange plant drop-off, please call 519-434-2765 extension *207.