Irene

is creating a brighter world, one garden at a time!

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patron
Hello! My name is Irene and I’m on Patreon to fund my passion for helping under-resourced senior citizens, families and veterans with their own garden projects in the two regions I've lived in the longest: Metro Detroit and San Diego County.

The opportunity to witness butterfly metamorphosis and observe nature in my family's garden, combined with fresh produce from my grandparent's garden were such important elements in my childhood and forged who I am today. I want to pass on that joy to others using by leveraging capital from my talents in design, marketing, and photography to build gardens for those who will most benefit from the assistance. The average cost to start a basic garden is between $50-100. If a fence, garden bed, or retaining wall is needed this can quickly escalate to $10,000 for labor and materials. For every $5 of patronage I receive, I will be able to dedicate $2 toward funding garden projects, which I will design and work with local landscaping companies to bring to reality. You’ll get to have a direct impact on improving the lives and nutrition of others, while preserving nature!

About Me

I am the founder of Passion Sprout, a solo venture that helps small businesses and nonprofits with their marketing and design needs. I created my business out of my desire to help others, but your Patreon pledge will give me the boost I need to spread my reach even further and help my community! I track my efforts through my personal website about my gardening and photography, Serene Terrene. I also contribute many of my photos to iNaturalist to document seasonality and diversity of the nature I encounter.

What You’ll Get By Pledging to My Patreon

I’m a multi-passionate woman with a BFA in graphic design and a range of interests that include web design, drawing, gardening, native plants, nature and wildlife, and photography. By becoming my patron, you’ll get access to my artistic ventures, gardening know-how, discounts of nature photography prints and merchandise such as totes, mugs, and shirts featuring my images.

Backers at certain tiers will also get to nominate someone in their community who would benefit from a garden.

Monthly Mystery Mail: Backers at the $20.00+ tier will receive a monthly care package from me. The Mystery Mail could be a postcard, mint tea made from my garden, a tiny trinket, blank inside greeting cards for you to send, or other tiny surprise!

Thank you for your support! Let’s grow something special together.
Tiers
Kindness Jar
$1 or more per month

You like what I am doing and want to encourage my work.  


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
Soil
$5 or more per month

Soil is the foundation for new growth. You like what I am doing in the world and want to encourage my work and receive additional perks.  


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my work
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next
Seeds
$10 or more per month

You're excited to make direct impact to literally and figuratively seed someone's garden. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my work
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next
  • Pick what will be planted from a list of seeds
Cotyledon
$20 or more per month

The cotyledon is the seed-leaf, an important part of the plant embryo within the seed. Your contributions go toward planning of garden projects. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
  • One 4"x6" print of one of my nature photographs
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next
  • Mention on  gardens.passionsprout.com (hateful links or companies that encourage discrimination will not be allowed)
Radicle
$30 or more per month

The radicle is the first part of a seedling to emerge from the seed. Also known as the embryonic root, it grows downward into soil. Your contributions will go toward establishing the garden network. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
  • One 4"x6" print of one of my nature photographs of your choice
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next 
  • The chance to nominate a member of your own community to have their garden funded (no guarantee your recommendation will be the final selection) 
  • Mention on gardens.passionsprout.com (hateful links or companies that encourage discrimination will not be allowed)
Sprout
$50 or more per month

We're growing together! Sprout contributions go toward advertising and marketing of the garden building projects. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
  • One 4"x6" print of one of my nature photographs of your choice
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next 
  • The chance to nominate a member of your own community to have their garden funded (no guarantee your recommendation will be the final selection) 
  • Stepping stone with your name or favorite quotation will be placed inside at least one garden 
  • Your mention on gardens.passionsprout.com will include a logo or image that represents you or your company (Links, messaging, or companies that encourage discrimination or hateful messages will not be allowed) 
Gardener
$100 or more per month

Gardener contributions provide monthly garden maintenance for a senior citizen or disadvantaged family. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content 
  • Discount codes for purchasing my work artwork and photographs 
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next 
  • The chance to nominate a member of your own community to have their garden funded (no guarantee your recommendation will be the final selection) 
  • Stepping stone with your name or favorite quotation will be placed inside at least one garden 
  • Dedicated guest post on gardens.passionsprout.com. Get a chance to talk about your business, why gardens are important to you, or share a memorial of a loved one who was always in the garden (Links, messaging, or companies that encourage discrimination or hateful messages will not be allowed. Your topic must be garden related and will receive a round editing and final approval before posting.)
Goals
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Once I reach $50.00 per month, I'll start looking for gardens to fund. Patrons will be able to start voting on who gets the funding first.
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Hello! My name is Irene and I’m on Patreon to fund my passion for helping under-resourced senior citizens, families and veterans with their own garden projects in the two regions I've lived in the longest: Metro Detroit and San Diego County.

The opportunity to witness butterfly metamorphosis and observe nature in my family's garden, combined with fresh produce from my grandparent's garden were such important elements in my childhood and forged who I am today. I want to pass on that joy to others using by leveraging capital from my talents in design, marketing, and photography to build gardens for those who will most benefit from the assistance. The average cost to start a basic garden is between $50-100. If a fence, garden bed, or retaining wall is needed this can quickly escalate to $10,000 for labor and materials. For every $5 of patronage I receive, I will be able to dedicate $2 toward funding garden projects, which I will design and work with local landscaping companies to bring to reality. You’ll get to have a direct impact on improving the lives and nutrition of others, while preserving nature!

About Me

I am the founder of Passion Sprout, a solo venture that helps small businesses and nonprofits with their marketing and design needs. I created my business out of my desire to help others, but your Patreon pledge will give me the boost I need to spread my reach even further and help my community! I track my efforts through my personal website about my gardening and photography, Serene Terrene. I also contribute many of my photos to iNaturalist to document seasonality and diversity of the nature I encounter.

What You’ll Get By Pledging to My Patreon

I’m a multi-passionate woman with a BFA in graphic design and a range of interests that include web design, drawing, gardening, native plants, nature and wildlife, and photography. By becoming my patron, you’ll get access to my artistic ventures, gardening know-how, discounts of nature photography prints and merchandise such as totes, mugs, and shirts featuring my images.

Backers at certain tiers will also get to nominate someone in their community who would benefit from a garden.

Monthly Mystery Mail: Backers at the $20.00+ tier will receive a monthly care package from me. The Mystery Mail could be a postcard, mint tea made from my garden, a tiny trinket, blank inside greeting cards for you to send, or other tiny surprise!

Thank you for your support! Let’s grow something special together.

Recent posts by Irene

Tiers
Kindness Jar
$1 or more per month

You like what I am doing and want to encourage my work.  


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
Soil
$5 or more per month

Soil is the foundation for new growth. You like what I am doing in the world and want to encourage my work and receive additional perks.  


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my work
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next
Seeds
$10 or more per month

You're excited to make direct impact to literally and figuratively seed someone's garden. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my work
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next
  • Pick what will be planted from a list of seeds
Cotyledon
$20 or more per month

The cotyledon is the seed-leaf, an important part of the plant embryo within the seed. Your contributions go toward planning of garden projects. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
  • One 4"x6" print of one of my nature photographs
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next
  • Mention on  gardens.passionsprout.com (hateful links or companies that encourage discrimination will not be allowed)
Radicle
$30 or more per month

The radicle is the first part of a seedling to emerge from the seed. Also known as the embryonic root, it grows downward into soil. Your contributions will go toward establishing the garden network. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
  • One 4"x6" print of one of my nature photographs of your choice
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next 
  • The chance to nominate a member of your own community to have their garden funded (no guarantee your recommendation will be the final selection) 
  • Mention on gardens.passionsprout.com (hateful links or companies that encourage discrimination will not be allowed)
Sprout
$50 or more per month

We're growing together! Sprout contributions go toward advertising and marketing of the garden building projects. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content
  • Discount codes for purchasing my artwork and photographs
  • One 4"x6" print of one of my nature photographs of your choice
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next 
  • The chance to nominate a member of your own community to have their garden funded (no guarantee your recommendation will be the final selection) 
  • Stepping stone with your name or favorite quotation will be placed inside at least one garden 
  • Your mention on gardens.passionsprout.com will include a logo or image that represents you or your company (Links, messaging, or companies that encourage discrimination or hateful messages will not be allowed) 
Gardener
$100 or more per month

Gardener contributions provide monthly garden maintenance for a senior citizen or disadvantaged family. 


You will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you card featuring one of my nature photographs
  • Access to backers-only content 
  • Discount codes for purchasing my work artwork and photographs 
  • The ability to participate in polls to determine which garden project I help next 
  • The chance to nominate a member of your own community to have their garden funded (no guarantee your recommendation will be the final selection) 
  • Stepping stone with your name or favorite quotation will be placed inside at least one garden 
  • Dedicated guest post on gardens.passionsprout.com. Get a chance to talk about your business, why gardens are important to you, or share a memorial of a loved one who was always in the garden (Links, messaging, or companies that encourage discrimination or hateful messages will not be allowed. Your topic must be garden related and will receive a round editing and final approval before posting.)