"All life is Inter-Related…Whatever affects one directly… Affects us all indirectly" — MLK (1963)
A Community Urban Flower Garden
Something's Growing in Bronzeville
Since 2015, The Douglas Foundation (DFI) has been developing a community urban flower garden in Bronzeville; a historically African American neighborhood on the Near Eastside, in collaboration with Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT), a non-profit organization, along with a team of Volunteers from OSU’s Wexner Medical Center – East Hospital, have all joined in the fight to improve the health and wellness, end hunger and eliminate food deserts for families in this historical community, of Bronzeville.
Phase One — Beautification
Our garden currently features five raised flower beds with lovely flowering plants and shrubs, including red oak trees, burning bushes, mugo pine shrubs, and emerald green arborvitae bushes. Other flowering plants in the garden include:
Cherry Red Roses
Red Osier Dogwoods
Butterfly Weed Plants
Our gardens on N Garfield Avenue are just the beginning. We plan to start an organic community fruit garden at 1201 E. Hildreth Ave and an organic herb and butterfly garden at 156 N 21st Street. Please make a donation to help support these projects. Collectively, these sites will be used as gateways into the community and facilitate health and wellness programs that will positively impact the quality of life for families in the area.
Our community projects are located in the Bronzeville area, just east of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Read details about each of our projects below.
Community Rose Garden - 458 N Garfield Ave
Our N. Garfield project is 34' x 132', or about 4,500 sq. ft., and will be converted into a rose garden. The project will feature over 100 red, yellow, white, and pink rose bushes, 6 emerald green arborvitae shrubs, and over 5 dozen small hibiscus plants.
Community FLOWER Garden - 1201 E Hildreth Ave
Our Hildreth Ave site is 32' x 123', or about 4,000 sq. ft., and will be converted into an organic community flower garden. This beautification project will feature 3 Red Oak Trees as well as over 55 emerald green arborvitae trees and over 5 dozen small hibiscus plants along the property line.
COMMUNITY BUTTERFLY AND HERB GARDEN - SITE PLAN AT 156 N 21ST ST
This site is about 4,000 sq. ft. and not a rectangle, as it lies along an alley. The City of Columbus has entrusted our organization with the honor and privilege of restoring this site, as it has significant historical value of artwork, which was established by another nonprofit organization over a decade ago. Our plans call for collaboration with a local art institute or university to restore the historical artwork and convert the site into a Butterfly and Herb Garden, featuring dozens of pollinator perennial plants such as Milk Weed, Leading Lady Plum, Glass Slippers, and Rosie Posies. The Pinnacle Herb Plants will feature Basil, Genovese, Thyme, and Rosemary.
Join the fight by helping The Douglas Foundation in protecting our environment for the next generation, improving the health and wellness of our communities, and finally ending hunger and food deserts throughout central Ohio by donating today!