Paris Gardens to be built in memory of Paris Whitehead-Hamilton, recently killed by gun violence

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With Paris Gardens, neighbors honor Paris' memory and keep alive the resolve in the neighborhood to stop the violence and reclaim streets from the drug trade. And in a very real sense, these gardens do a whole lot more:  They provide families with fresh, healthy, affordable food;  They take out water-thirsty grass and replace it with a landscape that supports both our environment and the people who live there;  The gardens bring neighbors into their front yards to talk to one another.  Down the road, they could even become a source of income.  Green Florida is working on building opportunities for neighbors to sell their produce over the coming season.

There are 8-10 gardens on the waiting list to be installed over the coming months, including on June 20th, when we will install a garden at 771 Preston Avenue South, the house where Paris was killed.

Volunteers are needed for June 20th and other garden installs throughout the Summer - learn how to get involved at a volunteer orientation this Wednesday June 10th at 6:00 pm.  Join us for an informal potluck supper and information session at 900 Martin Luther King Street South in St Petersburg.  Call Julien at 727-480-3182 for more information.

This past Saturday more than 30 volunteers from Green Florida came together to install front yard gardens at two homes in the community.  But these weren't just any gardens and they weren't just any homes.

The gardens are in memory of 8-year old Paris Whitehead-Hamilton, a Bartlett Park, St Petersburg resident who was killed by gun violence this past April.  Paris Gardens are front-yard gardens in her memory, and they are planned for homes throughout the neighborhood, making up sustainable landscapes of Florida native plants, fruit and vegetable plants. The first two gardens were installed at the homes of Paris' grandmother and godmother.

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