We finally have a parking lot!

  Our new parking lot!

Our new parking lot!

First a story...

For the past couple of years, my friend and fellow entrepreneur, Michelle Riley of All About You Signature Landscape Design, Inc., has heard me wish (repeatedly) that we could make a parking lot behind the store. What kept us from it was the cost of taking out the half-dead trees, regrading the land because it was too steep, adding gravel and stones and plants, etc., etc., etc...

So Michelle calls me up in the Spring and says that each year her company chooses a project to get involved in, for free (!!), just to help someone out and this year she'd like to help Hazel Tree make a parking lot!!

We were blown away by her generosity at the thought of this! Little did we know, she was just getting started. She then proceeded to bring in almost a dozen local companies to the project that each donated time, machinery and even some materials to the project.

Can you believe her generosity? Incredible...

We are probably years away from it being completely finished...with the plants designed as Michelle would design them, had we been able to let her go crazy with the design in her head. As it looks now, these are all free plants that just kind of landed where they landed because we did that part. :)

But, we have a wonderful foundation to begin and we couldn't be more grateful!

Thanks a million to Michelle and her team, to the companies who donated, to Elaine at Chin's Place for splitting plants to help us fill it all in, and to our friends and family that helped move rocks and who planted things with us: Monique, Eric, Jan, Karen, and Kay!

Here are some before and after pictures as well as the list of each of the incredible companies that said, "Yes!"

Thank you again Michelle...you are such an incredible person and landscape concierge! (If you want to check out Michelle's website, click here. She writes a very informative weekly column about landscaping and plant care in Northeast Ohio. )

  We didn't get a picture before the half-dead tree came down, but trust us it looked much worse than this!

We didn't get a picture before the half-dead tree came down, but trust us it looked much worse than this!

  That tree stump was very difficult to remove. Ugh!

That tree stump was very difficult to remove. Ugh!

  As they excavated, many sandstone foundation stones from the houses that used to be on the lots were unearthed. They now line the parking lot on two sides.

As they excavated, many sandstone foundation stones from the houses that used to be on the lots were unearthed. They now line the parking lot on two sides.

  All of the wonderful companies that donated to the project!

All of the wonderful companies that donated to the project!