Edibles with Ease: When to Get Growing from Seeds or from Starts? Read more »
In my side yard which is mostly shade, I have tried a variety of perennials that thrive in a woodland setting. Read more »
Make your garden even more welcoming to birds and butterflies: turn it into a certified wildlife habitat. Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Keep your lawn and your shoes clean and free of clippings by adding our innovative, sturdy Grass Catcher to your StaySharp™ Ree... Read more »
The Salsa Rain Barrel System makes it easy to collect up to 58 gallons of water for your garden and lawn. Our rain barrel is ma... Read more »
Make the most of National Craft Month by preparing some craft kits for your children - let them explore color, texture and dif... Read more »
This is the second how-to in a series focused on getting the most out of your basic paper punches. Read more »
Spring brings in the most wonderful colors and here is a fun way to add a touch of color to your gifts! Read more »
Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle fo... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
My idea is to show everyone that they can make something cute and fashionable without spending a lot of money. Read more »
Embellishing a plain shirt using a reverse appliqué technique is easy - and your kids will love their personalized outfit! Read more »
This year, it seems like spring is way overdue at our house. Read more »
Perfect for tight, precise cuts, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force the blades back togethe... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through multiple layers, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabr... Read more »
I always look forward to school being out for the summer (more so than my children, probably!) and the change of pace means we... Read more »
This fun project is a great way to send a little love note to your child. These lunchbox notes can be slipped into a backpack... Read more »
Here is a fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day that is not only adorable, it makes kids stop and think about how lucky they are. Read more »
Children love our Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the handle that’s shiny, bright and smooth, not “sticky” or “bumpy.” Teachers and... Read more »
Our Big Kids Scissors take the basic design of our teacher-recommended Kids Scissors and enlarge them for kids that are a littl... Read more »
Our Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those older children who ar... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Super Pruner/Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear... Read more »
Our Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade makes cutting a wide variety of quilting materials comfortable and easy. A cu... Read more »
Fiskars has given one of Chicago’s challenged South Side neighborhoods a much needed garden overhaul.
Inspired by the actions of some of history’s “green” revolutionaries, Fiskars is joining with the Chicago Department of Environment’s Greencorps Chicago and Lowe’s to bring nature back to Chicago’s Altgeld Gardens community with the Project Orange ThumbSM initiative.
Over 60 people, including Fiskars employees and executives, volunteered their time to redevelop the aging garden site on May 21. The $75,000 makeover includes all donated labor, design time, project coordination, tools, planting materials and all necessary supplies. Lowe’s, United Industries, and Bonnies donated all of the materials for the project.
“Altgeld Gardens is the first national gardening makeover project for Fiskars. Because the community asked for assistance, we feel they truly appreciate the importance of gardening to provide beauty, sustainable food resources and a place of community,” said Paul Tonnesen, President of Fiskars Garden.
Master Gardener Joe Lamp’l, nationally known as “Joe Gardener,” designed the garden for the Altgeld community. Lamp’l is a Certified Landscape Professional and founder of The joe gardener® Company. The garden design includes raised vegetable beds, herb gardens, raspberry patches, pumpkin and melon patches, butterfly bushes, a community gathering area and more. Also, taking from one of the original gardening activists, Lamp’l designed in an apple orchard in honor of Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman.
One of the first public housing developments in the U.S., Altgeld Gardens is located in a community near numerous manufacturing plants, former steel mills, waste dumps and landfills (read more - Altgeld Gardens, Wikipedia). Because of this, community leaders reached out to Greencorps Chicago and Fiskars to help create a beautiful, functional area for the neighborhood.
“Our community is incredibly grateful to Fiskars for selecting our group,” said Gertte Smith, Director of Site Operations for Altgeld Gardens. “Words can not express the amount of gratitude we have and how delighted we are to have been given this opportunity.”
The “GreenUp Chicago” initiative is an extension of Fiskars’ successful Project Orange Thumb garden grant program. Started in 2003, Project Orange Thumb provides community garden groups with the tools and materials needed to reach their goals for neighborhood beautification and horticulture education. To date, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb has provided over 100 community groups with more than $200,000 to create and develop their own special community gardens.
The Project Orange Thumb “GreenUp Chicago 2008” initiative has support from Greencorps Chicago, Lowe’s, United Industries, Bonnies and the Altgeld Gardens community.