Of Garbage 
and Gardens

Learn steps from a gardening and horticulture expert, for planting a low maintenance flower garden on page xx. Send pictures of your garden (when the time is right) to: LMullen@LifestylePubs.com.

Spring is here!  All around our Chesterfield community things are looking a little bit greener. It’s a time of new beginnings; nature is coming alive. Buds are forming on the trees, grass is looking lusher and the birds certainly seem to be rejoicing over these changes with louder, longer chirps and songs.

It’s an awakening of sorts. As we notice additional greenery around us, we can also stop and think of what things we can do to be more “green;” this will help preserve our wonderful planet and all the life forms on it. In our “Think Green” issue we are celebrating all that is GREEN.

Thinking “green” entails engaging in habits and behaviors that have the sustainability of the Earth in mind. Recycling everything we can rather than merely disposing of reusable items and repurpose-able trash is an easy and effective strategy that we all can employ. Chesterfield’s trash is picked up by Republic Waste Services Inc.; the company is featured this month because they are experts in making garbage “Green.” Read about their fascinating processes, local recycling facility and green initiatives on page 14.

Planting a garden is a very enjoyable way to add natural, green beauty to your little piece of the Earth. Melinda Myers is an expert on gardening and horticulture and she shares simple steps to create a low maintenance flower garden that has lasting beauty without rigorous upkeep. Learn how to get started with the simple methods she shares in the article, “It’s Bloomin’ Easy!” on page 18.

The concept of “Green” can represent living things, newness and doing good things for our planet. So then, as the human beings on our planet, let’s each commit to doing something new for the sake of this “Good, Green Earth.”  It is our hope that you can gain some new “green” ideas from reading this issue.

Are you going to make an effort to recycle everything that can be recycled…plant a garden… or BOTH? Send pictures of your new “green initiatives” for inclusion in a future issue.

Yours in Community,

Elizabeth “Libby” Mullen