Noble Neighbors keeps it going

Volunteer gardeners tend to the perennial garden at Monticello and Belvoir boulevards.

Noble Neighbors is planning activities and events for the summer and the rest of 2019.

Already underway is the inaugural season of the Noble Gardeners' Market, which takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Noble and Roanoke roads,through Sept. 21. Backyard and community garden growers sell their fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, and sellers and buyers have been exchanging more than greenery at the market. Gardeners are sharing growing tips, community gardens are finding new growers for their plots, and new friendships are sprouting among neighbors.

Sellers may sell freshly grown produce and plants but may not sell processed food or non-plant items. Notably, sellers are not required to live in Cleveland Heights. Buyers are encouraged to bring small bills to make purchases, because sellers are not outfitted for selling in the way that professional market farmers would be.

Meanwhile, Green Noble, a group that is spearheading a variety of projects to promote habitat development for insects, birds and humans, is partnering with Ohio State University entomology professor Mary Gardiner to plant gardens that will attract pollinators. Installations will include container and in-ground gardens, as well as plantings in public rights-of-way. Graduate students will study the effectiveness of these installations on insect populations.

As November draws nearer, Noble Neighbors will host two election-related forums. The first, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, will focus on Cleveland Heights City Council and CH-UH Board of Education races. A second forum on Wednesday, Oct. 2, will address the city charter amendments that Cleveland Heights voters will consider this year. Both forums will be held at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Road, at 7 p.m., and will focus on how the candidacies and issues will affect the Noble neighborhood.

“Light Up Noble,” a neighborhood effort to display lights during the long nights of December, will again complement Nela Park's annual holiday display. Residents, businesses and institutions are all invited to display lighting in their Noble Road-facing windows. The lighting theme is up to the window decorator. The lights don't need to be holiday oriented, although most cultures have lighting traditions oriented to the long dark nights of winter.

Visit to follow the initiatives and to sign up for the e-mail list. Noble Neighbors meets monthly and rotates its meeting locations throughout the neighborhood; people living outside the neighborhood are welcome to attend.

Brenda H. May

Brenda H. May is one of the Noble Neighbor leaders. Check out the group's story at

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 10:25 AM, 08.01.2019