Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What one person can do

My friend, Ron, used to jog around his neighborhood. He began picking up trash. Then he realized that there was a strip of dirt between the sidewalk and wall that was just begging for some attention. Since he is a Master Gardener, he decided to plant a garden. He improved the soil and planted California poppies (our State flower) and iris. Oops! twice the city sprayed for weeds and killed the new plants. After going to the city council, he got them to realize that something good was going to grow.



People will stop and thank him or honk as they go by while he tends his garden.
We call it RON'S WALL. This is what one person can do.

13 comments:

whatidoisme said...

What an inspiring story Sandra - thanks for sharing (and enjoy the results of Ron's work!).
Sue

drawn2be said...

What a gift! Perhaps you should sketch your photos here and give them to him as a thank you. Thanks for sharing this story.

bettyfromtexas said...

I am so glad that Ron persevered . . . he's created a real treasure!!!

Sandy in Michigan said...

What a great story! I'm so sorry that so many little plant lives were lost along the way but I love happy endings. Kudos to Ron!

MaryO said...

That was a lovely thing to do. And he continues to give through the tending of that garden. He's a fine fellow, indeed!

raena said...

We need more Rons in this world! Imagine how nice it could be!

Ellen Burkett said...

Yeah, Ron's one of those heroes we all need around us!!! Cool!

Joan said...

What a nice, loving way to Pay It Forward, in spite of the city killing the first plantings. We could all make a small gesture to make our towns more beautiful. Who doesn't love to see flowers in bloom?

A painting by you would be a nice gesture. What a guy!

Cathy Holtom said...

What a generous person, and a beautiful display of flowers.
We definately need more Rons!

Colleen said...

Beautification of a city through adding more gardens or trees, always a good thing!

Yay Ron! :)

Alex said...

Gorgeous flowers =) Way to go Ron!

Barbara B said...

It's a lovely story and nice that people stop to thank Ron, too.

Barbara said...

That's a nice story!