What doES Frogtown Green Do?
And how Can you Help?
Monarch butterflies, honeybees and other beautiful pollinators have more places to land and feed, at Frogtown Green's prairie gardens. Pollinator-friendly plantings are maintained by volunteers at Monarch City, on the west end and the north side of the West Minnehaha Recreation Center, 685 Minnehaha Avenue. On a summer day, the gardens are alive with bees, butterflies and birds! New gardens are growing on the north and east corners of the park in 2019; volunteers are welcome to help every Wednesday afternoon.
Tree Frogs Pop-Up Park
Frogtown has less tree canopy on private land than any other city neighborhood. The energetic Tree Frogs are working to change that. This volunteer group has planted over 350 new trees in front and back yards, and on public spaces in Frogtown. Donated trees are kept over the summer months in our innovative community gravel bins, at the Tree Park on Dale Street and Lafond Avenue. We're planting lots more trees in fall 2019, in collaboration with the city's forestry unit.
Bringing the Frogs Back: FrogLab
Frogtown Green offers science and art activities about our beloved neighborhood mascot, the frog, and the sustainability of aquatic life. FrogLab participants learn how a healthy environment and clean water are necessary for all living creatures. We'll be at neighborhood schools, rec centers and festivals throughout summer 2019!
Our Village Community Garden
A neighborhood congregate dining nonprofit, a youth leadership program, and 20 Frogtown residents all share space at Our Village, a 40-bed community garden at Pierce Butler and Milton Avenue. Gardeners of all different ages and abilities learn from one another. Special events at Our Village have included a strawberry ice cream social, concerts on an artist-painted grand piano and a harvest bonfire.
Lily Pad Gardens
Our most ambitious project to date, the Lily Pad mixes community gathering space, vegetable gardens for seniors, and a greatly expanded tree nursery on one large vacant lot on Dale Street. Experienced senior farmers, tree planters, adjacent neighbors, and other partners are working hard to turn a 20,000 square foot lot—vacant for the past decade—into a thing of beauty. Stop by this summer, to see how we've transformed the place!