Scrap Metal & e.Cycle

The City of Florence is holding its bi-annual residential scrap metal collection week for city residents during the week of October 22-26, 2012. For more information please contact 843.665.3236. KFB is partnering with the City to have a special e.Cycle Saturday October 27th. HDetails and Information will be released soon……for more information on e.cycle visit. http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/e-cycle/index.htm

Plant Native

National Planting Day Logo

You can help plant natives on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 AM – Noon at Timrod Park in Florence.  Volunteers should meet at the large rain garden which is close to the playground.  If you have gloves and a shovel, please bring them with you if you don’t, we will have extra tools onsite.  For more information, contact Terasa Young at 843-661-4800 x 113 or terasa@clemson.edu.  Click here to learn more about the National Planting Day Initiative.

September 8, 2012 marked the first ever National Planting Day hosted by Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates, and its partners.  National Planting Day was established to celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities.

Native plants are very important for attracting specialized pollinators which lead to the production of food for birds and ultimately many more animals higher up on the food chain.  Native plants also provide wildlife habitat.  As an added bonus, they tend to have lower maintenance, fertilizer, and water requirements making them easier to care for.

Protect Water Quality: Participate In River Sweep

YOU can help protect water quality by participating in Beach Sweep/River Sweep.  Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer cleanup of its kind.  Every 3rd Saturday in September, thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps of aquatic debris.  Last year, over 3,000 dedicated volunteers removed 20 tons of litter from the state’s beaches, marshes, and waterways.  In the cleanup’s 23-year history, nearly 1,100 tons of litter have been collected, and much of it was recycled.

The cleanup is organized statewide by the SC Sea Grant Consortium and the SC Department of Natural Resources.  Locally, site captains identify an area that needs attention and coordinate cleanup for that site.  The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and Keep Florence Beautiful  are teaming up to clean Jeffries Creek park on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 AM – Noon.  The Park consists of about 55 acres between Edisto Drive and DeBerry Boulevard.  Anyone can participate – families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses.  Trash bags and water will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to wear long pants and close-toed shoes that can get wet/muddy.

Remember….We ALL live downstream.  You can be a solution to pollution!  If you are interested participating, please contact Terasa Young at Terasa@clemson.edu.

 

Planting Seeds & The Oct 27th Downtown Cleanup

My 5yro and I spent about an hour pulling weeds (mostly crab grass) at The KFB Cultural Garden this morning. I had a great time with her as we chatted about her first week of kindergarten at Briggs and about how God created the plants that makeup the Carolina Fence Garden on S. Dargan Street in downtown Florence. I demonstrated for her how the rain garden and the permeable pavers help with storm water runoff and reduce pollution in our city. At her age she doesn’t really get all that – like our garden I am just planting a seed – but she did say that the rain barrels were pretty (and they are!) 🙂

Afterward we decided to walk through the gardens we helped with at The City County Complex. We chased some of the eastern tiger swallowtails, she was upset that we couldn’t catch them and take them home. When I explained to her that these butterflies have made this their home because they like the flowers she helped plant she agreed that we don’t want to take them from their homes. There wasn’t any work to be done because the City does a great job at maintaining those beds for us, but we enjoyed walking through the area and reminiscing about all of the fun we had while we were working on that project. She eventually got bored and said that was ready to go home to her iPad, but I love that she takes such pride in the work we have done our community and I enjoy the time we spend together maintaining the green spaces and gardens we’ve helped create. I look forward to seeing her grow more and more with a sense of community and pride for our city.

Our next project is one of our annual cleanup events, and one of the first projects that my family participated in with Keep Florence Beautiful back in 2010… the Magic City Pride Downtown Cleanup. My older children still proudly wear their ‘I Believe in Downtown Florence’ T-shirts 🙂 – the Florence Morning News covered the event here. This year’s cleanup will be held on October 27th, 2012; the weekend before the SC Pecan Festival. As one of the hosts for the festival the City of Florence puts a lot of work into prepping our city for this event, an event that brings people from all over the southeast to enjoy our area. The KFB board decided to plan this years cleanup just before the festival so that we can help clean things up and prep our city for visitors. If you are interested in helping volunteer for this event or if you or family want to get involved with the Keep Florence Beautiful organization please email us at kfbboard@keepflorencebeautiful.org. We will also place more info here on our website and in our facebook group as plans progress.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Tara Durden
Keep Florence Beautiful Board Member
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Florence Cultural Garden, a Keep Florence Beautiful Project

9/20/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Florence Cultural Garden, a Keep Florence Beautiful Project

The Florence Cultural Garden installation on South Dargan Street in Downtown Florence is a “Carolina Fence Garden”, this is a Keep Florence Beautiful project in conjunction with the City of Florence and other local and state businesses.   A Carolina Fence Garden utilizes some very basic elements to incorporate both natural and cultural elements which have been designated as symbols of our state. The Carolina Fence™ is a landscape component that can be adapted to a variety of settings. The Fence can function as a valuable habitat element while showcasing symbols of natural and cultural history. Please read below for more information.

Location
Downtown Florence (beside 150 S Dargan Street)

Project Timeline
September 2011

14-16 – Grading/Excavation of Site
19-20 – Installation of Downspout and Rain Barrels
21-23 – Paver Installation (see attached flyer)
23-24 – Volunteer Planting Days
30 – Proposed Project Completion Date, to be ready for Florence After Five Outdoor Concert on S Dargan St

Reference Material
Carolina Fence Gardens: http://www.scwf.org/index.php/education-programs/habitats/fence-garden

Planning

Image Gallery

 

Project Contacts

Terasa Young – terasa@clemson.edu  – 269-5904 (Project Manager/Board Member)
Michelle Bailey – michelle@keepflorencebeautiful.org – 206-3205 (Board Chair)
Tara Durden – tara.durden@acstechnologies.com – 229-7794 (Press /Board Member)

Florence City-County Complex gets greener

By: JOHN SWEENEY | SCNOW
Published: May 18, 2011
FLORENCE, SC –The fortress of brick and concrete that towers above downtown Florence showed a softer side Wednesday as volunteers with Keep Florence Beautiful spruced up the landscaping at the Florence City-County Complex.Giving the landscaping a facelift was a no-brainer, organizers said.

“The city-county complex is right here in the middle of town. It probably has more activity of anyone except the mall, but it was not one of the most attractive places,” Bill Picklevice chairman of Keep Florence Beautiful(KFB), said.

The foliage was made possible by a $5,000 donation from BB&T, which also supplied more than a dozen volunteers throughout the day to help with the work. Other volunteers included city workers and members of the Florence Boys & Girls Club who were scheduled to stop by in the afternoon. County inmates also helped with the landscaping.

“I couldn’t have asked for more help then this,” Pickle said. “Now, I’ll tell you there are some here who don’t know an oak tree from a banana tree, but we’re all having fun and doing hard work and it’s going to be really nice when we get through.”

Victor Webster, another KFB volunteer, said work began about 6 a.m. and continued through the evening until the project was complete. Volunteers were rewarded with a small cookout on the steps of the complex when the landscaping transformation was complete.