In May 2009 initial plots of the St. Clairsville Community Garden will be planted. The community garden is one feature in the master plan for the construction of a park on the city-owned fairgrounds. While the majority of the park plans can not be implemented until after the 2009 Belmont County Fair, the community garden is located on land adjacent to the fairgrounds. The master plan can be seen in the J.B. Martin Recreation and Senior Center or by clicking on the community page.

Initial plans of the community garden include (31) 10' X 10' garden plots, (10) 5' X 10' garden plots, a children's garden, a demonstration garden by the Master Gardeners of the Ohio State University Extension Office, composting bins, and educational sessions. Residents of St. Clairsville recently received a questionnaire in their utility bill pertaining to the community garden. The feedback from the questionnaires will help determine the final size / type of plots offered and which classes and events will be scheduled. For a small fee, community garden plots will be first available to residents of St. Clairsville, then to non-residents. Anyone with a plot this year is guaranteed a plot next year. Anyone wanting more information please contact Bev Goodridge, Community Garden Coordinator, 740-296-5052

Plots will be assigned after your application and fee have been received. Applications are available in the City Building or by clicking the application link below. The yearly fee is $10 for a 5' X 10' plot and $20 for a 10' X 10' plot. An additional $5 fee will be charged to non-residents. Payments can be made in person or mailed to: City of St. Clairsville, Attn: Kathy Kaluger, PO Box 537, St. Clairsville, OH 43950. Donations to help sponsor the demonstration garden or children's garden will be gladly accepted.

Guidelines and Application for Community Garden


Every year the City of St. Clairsville lines its downtown streets with hanging baskets of flowers to provide color, warmth and a friendly atmosphere. Many times city employees are asked about the baskets as to what flowers are used and how they were created. We have provided the following information concerning the hanging baskets seen along Main Street and on the bike trail.

The hanging baskets are 20 inch baskets with a 20 inch liner. These are not a common size found locally so they are ordered from Braun Horticulture. A phone number for an interested party would be 716.282-6101 or 800.246.6984.

The soil used to plant the flowers is Premier Pro Mix General Purpose Growing Medium. This can be found at most local landscapers such as Ponzani's Florist.

The plant food is a handful mix of Osmocote plant food 18-6-12 and soil before planting the flowers. This again can be found locally as places such as Lowe's.

The plants are watered with Peters All Purpose Plant Food 20-20-20 mixed with water. This can also be found locally such as at Lowe's. Watering is usually done daily early in the morning to avoid conflict with parked vehicles in the street.


To create the basket:

  • First put the liner in the basket
  • Then place a pie pan on the bottom of the liner to retain water
  • Soil and a handful of Osmocote plant food can be mixed and placed in the liner
  • Plant the desired flowers in the basket
  • Water the plants with Peters Plant Food. The City waters 6 days a week with a weak fertilizer mix.

The City of St. Clairsville has selected the following flowers for this year's planters and baskets:

  • 3 Wave Petunia (Purple, Lilac & Red)
  • 2 Million Bells (Yellow & Sunset)
  • 2 Vinca Vine
  • 3 Geranium (Red) - Red is found to be the tallest and visible when hung 10 ft high
  • 2 Verbena (Purple & Red)
  • 1 Spike

Some of the baskets will be planted exactly as above, others will go heavy on one or two colors. Example: One basket may be all red while another will be purple with white.

The completed baskets are hung on the lamp posts throughout the downtown area and at the Gazebo at the bike trail. Watering the hanging baskets is done early in the morning when there are fewer vehicles parked along Main Street.

Low Zone (Under 25 feet)
Species Flower Habit Height Width Fall Color
Cumulus Serviceberry White Narrow, upright 20 - 25 ft. 10 - 15 Ft. Orange-Red
Flame Amur Maple Not Showy Oval 25 Ft. 15 Ft. Orange-Red
Blackhaw Viburnum White Rounded 10 - 12 Ft. 8 - 12 Ft. Red-Purple
"Ivory Silk" Tree Lilac White Rounded, Pyramidal 20 - 25 Ft. 15 - 25 Ft. Yellow
"Winter King" Hawthorn White Vase Shaped 20 - 25 Ft. 20 - 25 Ft. Golden Yellow
Sweet Bay Magnolia White Upright 10 - 20 Ft. 10 - 20 Ft. Yellow
"Royal Star" Magnolia White Rounded 8 - 10 Ft. 8 - 10 Ft. Yellow-Bronze
Tatarian Maple Not Showy Rounded 20 - 25 Ft. 20 - 25 Ft. Yellow
"Adams" Crabapple Pink Rounded 25 Ft. 20 Ft. Orange-Red
"Adirondack" Crabapple White Upright 18 Ft. 10 Ft. Yellow
"Donald Wyman" Crabapple White Rounded 20 Ft. 24 Ft. Yellow
"Prarifire" Crabapple Pink-Red Upright, Spreading 20 Ft. 20 Ft. Yellow
"Profusion" Crabapple Dark Pink Upright, Spreading 20 Ft. 20 Ft. Yellow-Bronze
"Sargent" Crabapple Pink Spreading 8 Ft. 18 Ft. Yellow-Orange
Eastern Redbud Purple Rounded 20 Ft. 25 Ft. Yellow
Pagoda Dogwood Yellow Rounded 15 - 20 Ft. 20 - 25 Ft. Red

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Medium Zone (Under 40 feet)
Species Flower Habit Height Width Fall Color
Allegheny Serviceberry White Upright, Spreading 25 - 30 Ft. 15 - 20 Ft. Yellow
Robin Hill Serviceberry Pink Upright,Oval 20 - 30 Ft. 10 - 15 Ft. Orange-Red
Hedge Maple Not Showy Oval-Rounded 25 - 35 Ft. 25 - 30 Ft. Bright Yellow
Golden Rain Tree Yellow Rounded 30 - 40 Ft. 30 - 40 Ft. Yellow
Saucer Magnolia Pinkish Spreading 20 - 30 Ft. 30 Ft. Yellow
Amerian HophornBeam Catkins Oval, Rounded 35 Ft. 25 Ft. Yellow
American Hornbeam Catkins Pyramidal 35 Ft. 25 Ft. Yellow
American Yellowwood White Broad, Rounded 30 - 50 Ft. 30 Ft. Yellow
Amur Corktree Not Showy Rounded 25 - 35 Ft. 30 Ft. Yellow
Sawtooth Oak Not Showy Rounded 40 Ft. 40 Ft. Yellow-Brown
Sargent Cherry Pink Upright 30 - 40 Ft. 25 Ft. Orange-Red

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Tall Zone (Over 40 feet)
Species Flower Habit Height Width Fall Color
Crimean Linden Yellow Oval 40 - 60 Ft. 20 - 30 Ft. Yellow
"Valley Forge" Elm Not Showy Vase, Upright 50 - 70 Ft. 60 - 70 Ft. Yellow
Hardy Rubber Tree Not Showy Rounded 40 - 60 Ft. 40 - 60 Ft. Yellow
Japanese Katsuratree Not Showy Pyramidal 50 Ft. 30 Ft. Yellow-Orange
Greenspire Littleleaf Linden White Pyramidal 40 Ft. 30 Ft. Yellow
Common Hackberry Not Showy Rounded 50 Ft. 50 Ft. Yellow
Turksih Filbert Catkins Pyramidal 40 - 50 Ft. 30 Ft. Yellow-Brown
American Sweetgum Not Showy Pyramidal 50 -60 Ft. 20 - 30 Ft. Red-Orange-Purple
Black Gum Not Showy Pyramidal 30 - 50 Ft. 20 - 30 Ft. Red
Common Baldcypress Not Showy Pyramidal 50 - 70 Ft. 20 - 30 Ft. Russet-Orange
Thornless Honeylocust Not Showy Varies with Cultivar 35 - 50 Ft. 35 - 40 Ft. Yellow
Ginkgo (Male Only) Not Showy Pyramidal 40 - 60 Ft. 25 - 35 Ft. Yellow
Japanese Pagoda Tree Panicles Upright, Rounded 40 - 50 Ft. 30 - 40 Ft. Yellow
Village Green Zelkova Not Showy Vase 50 - 60 Ft. 30 - 40 Ft. Rusty-Red
Green Vase Zelkova Not Showy Vase 60 - 70 Ft. 40 - 50 Ft. Bronze-Red
Kentucky Coffeetree Not Showy Upright Oval 60 Ft. 40 - 50 Ft. Yellow-Brown
Norway Maple Not Showy Varies with cultivar 35 - 55 Ft. 15 - 45 Ft. Yellow
Oak Not Showy Varies with cultivar 40 - 80 Ft. 10 - 60 Ft. Varies with cultivar
Silver Linden Whitish Broad, Pyramidal 45 Ft. 25 Ft. Yellow

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