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Seeking to revitalize neighborhhods through gardens and art. Convert a large vacant lot to a resident inclusive green space.

Project Scion will turn vacant lots in Rochester, NY into resident inclusive green spaces – thereby transforming the people and the neighborhood.

Project Scion 2012: The Orchard will be built in a large vacant lot at the corner of Jay & Child Streets in the JOSANA Neighborhood of Rochester, NY.  This green space will pay homage to the history of the area as nursery land and seeks to improve the lives of the people who live in the area through gardens and art.  Not only will they now have a “town square” for neighborhood gatherings, but also a place to bring their kids to play and a place to sit amongst the trees and flowers.

Founded by a collaboration of local landscape designers, the team is not new to the idea of building resident inclusive green spaces and their collective portfolio is vast, including projects that have garnered both regional and national landscape and environmental leadership awards.  The creators of Project Scion are: Pietro Furgiuele of Waterford Tilling www.WaterfordTilling.com  , and Sharon Coates and Bruce Zaretsky of Zaretsky and Associates www.ZaretskyAssociates.com .

In recent years the team has been inspired to take what they know about the healing powers of gardens to our community’s most vulnerable inner-city areas.  These neighborhoods have been plagued by vacant lots, violence and have been hit hardest by the recession.

The Orchard will be a permanent park through a partnership between the Charles Settlement House and the City of Rochester.

The founders of Project Scion have donated all of their design and meeting time and are donating the time of their staff to help build the park, but are not doing this alone.  The residents will be helping to create this space, both individually and through Charles Settlement’s Project Coach and Foodlink’s Greenworx program. Work begins on June 28th.

Project Scion already has support from: The City of Rochester, Charles Settlement House, Dolomite Stone, Monroe Roadways, Batavia Turf, Miller Brick, Gilson Gardens, Fitzgerald-Harris Designs, Lollypop Farm, Nazareth College Greenhouse, Northern Nurseries, The Butterfly Beltway Project, Kinloch Nelson and others, but we need your help.

What will the $5000 cover?  The Kickstarter funds will go towards some of the material expenses such as: trees & plants, a new fence, re-bar for an entry sculpture, Trex, hardware and paint for the completion of the benches, as well as fuel, trucking costs, equipment rental, administrative expenses and food, drink and t-shirts for the troops.

The impact of your help will be huge – you can be a part of the revitalization of a neighborhood. Not only will the park itself have a positive impact on the area, it will also be used for art and citizenship programs to enrich the lives of the residents.

Help us to bring this project to reality.

A one of a kind, Studio P8 candle holder. Made from up cycled barn lumber.
A one of a kind, Studio P8 candle holder. Made from up cycled barn lumber.
Kickstart at the $25 Level for one of our Project Scion T-shirts!
Kickstart at the $25 Level for one of our Project Scion T-shirts!
The Orchard Master Plan
The Orchard Master Plan

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    You're a true original, just like a Project Scion Garden! You’re about to receive a Project Scion haiku from Sharon Coates with this donation.

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    Tell the world that you are lending a helping hand! You get a Project Scion vinyl sticker to display proudly!

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    Wear a Project Scion t-shirt with pride!! You can tell everyone who asks that you were in on the first project – at the corner of Jay Street and Child Street in Rochester, NY!

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    Hat hair?? Yes!! You aren’t ever going to want to take off your stylish, original Project Scion hat to show your support!

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    Save some energy and light up a candle!! You get a fun Studio P8 candle holder (up cycled from barn beams) to remind you of Project Scion and the spark you added to the awesome transformation you are helping us achieve!

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    Book collectors & artists take note! This book will reveal in photos and paintings the art of creating a beautiful garden from an empty city lot! You’ll get a Project Scion photo book dedicated to you and signed by the Project Scion team. And heck, at this level, we’ll also give you a Project Scion t-shirt and hat!

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    You know this project will make a difference and to help make it truly special Project Scion will dedicate a tree planted in The Orchard to you or person of your choice. We’ll mark your tree with a handmade metal tag so you can always find your tree!! You will also receive local guitar master Kinloch Nelson’s CD “Tunnel 13” which provides the music on our video! And yes, at this level, we’ll also give you a Project Scion photo book dedicated to you and signed by the Project Scion team, t-shirt and hat!

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    Sit back and take it all in! Your concrete bench will be found in The Orchard. This bench can be dedicated to you or to the person of your choice - tagged by a graffiti artist (or you may choose to have an inspirational word painted on the bench). At this level of support, you will also receive a framed color print of The Orchard master plan signed by the designers, a Project Scion photo book dedicated to you and signed by the Project Scion team, as well as the Kinloch Nelson CD and a Project Scion t-shirt and hat.

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    Art in the Garden - We are looking for one generous donor to be the sponsor of a custom built steel shade sculpture (see artists rendering). Not only will this sculpture be a "totem" that will complete The Orchard, but it will also make the benches on this south section of the park much more enjoyable in the hot summer sun! We are planning on hiring a local metal artist to laser cut inspirational words into the Corten steel secions of this unique centerpiece of The Orchard. At this Backer level we will also thank you with a cool handpainted Project Scion t-shirt, the PS hat and book, as well as a signed copy of Kinloch Nelson's Tunnel 13 CD which provided the music to our video!

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    If one of a kind is your style? A custom mosaic glass piece will be created by Sharon or a custom watercolor landscape painting done by local artist Tracy Bazarian so that you can reflect on the goodness of Project Scion every time your eyes gaze upon it! (finished size of either work will be 8” x 10”) At this level of support, you will also receive a framed color print of The Orchard master plan signed by the designers, a Project Scion photo book dedicated to you and signed by the Project Scion team, as well as the Kinloch Nelson CD, and a Project Scion t-shirt and hat.

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    Ready for a change? Well, Project Scion is all about positive change!! The Project Scion design team will create a custom landscape master plan just for your space (can be done either by local on-site visit, or long-distance through the submission of photographs, etc.). At this level of support you will also receive a framed color print of The Orchard master plan signed by the designers, a custom art piece, the PS book, CD, t-shirt and hat!!

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    Dinner for up to 12 people at Project Scion’s Studio in Rochester NY will be a unique and intriguing experience that won’t soon be forgotten!! You got it…dinner, drinks and live music, and if you wish…a landscape seminar and/or glass or woodworking session to top it all off!! At this level of support you will also receive all gifts as listed above – because you’ve gone above and beyond to make this world a better place!!

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