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RE: Tennessee Gardener Article

Thanks, I am enjoying the volunteer work.  It is good to work with other
gardeners and learn from them.  Plus, I like the idea of the
gardens...places where those who wish to learn can do so, gather
information on plants that do well in this area, or just visit and enjoy. 
Many individuals come to the Trial Gardens to lunch.  I am hoping that the
Knoxville Botanical Gardens can offer the same or similar enjoyment.  

In addition, we have Ijams Nature Center, a garden that was donated to the
city by an avid family of gardeners.  Somewhat different in mission than
the Trial Gardens and the proposed KBG, it focuses on native plants and
nature.  Throughout the year, family orientated programs on owls, frogs,
butterflies, etc. are conducted.  I took my young scouts there for patch
work.  It is one other place I am tempted to volunteer although it is about
1 hr. in driving distance from my home.

We also have another small but beautiful garden, Racheff Park and Garden, 
that was built near a steel foundry by the owner.  Tucked away in an old
part of town, it has beautiful stone walls and lovely mature plants.  I
worked in a school nearby and never knew it was there until, in another
life, when gardening, I was introduced to it through a spring plant sale. 

Maryville and Alcoa share a lovely greenbelt that provides biking and
hiking trails throughout both cities.  Along the trails, various "gardens"
are being developed with identifying information...woodland, marsh and bog,
and meadow.

These, and gardens at various churches, schools, historical building and
sites, and retirement homes, are maintained by employees (very few in
number) and volunteers.  The problem sometimes is that there are too few
volunteers and the demand seems to overlap.

Ok, you have had my non-paid advertisement.  We also have two national
parks with in an hours drive...each offering very unique and different

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 05/31/2004 7:04:16 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tennessee Gardener Article
> Congrats on the volunteering.... I hope they find the right director for
> this. I have been a volunteer for years and learned so much from this,
> even tho my family thinks it's nuts to spend so much time and energy for
> nothing. They just don't get it.
> Donna
> > 
> > After working for over a month on some very over-grown beds, the
> lawyer
> > for
> > the Knoxville Botanical Gardens advised to halt volunteer work until
> the
> > director is selected, July 1 goal, and insurance can be increased to
> > adequately cover volunteers.  Although we were making just a small
> dent in
> > the overgrowth, we were working in the gardens near the house that was
> > pictured and along one of the stone walls...just weeding and mulching
> but
> > clearing showing the promise.
> > 
> > If all goes well, it should be a beautiful place in a couple of years.
> > So,
> > I now am only volunteering in the UT Trial Gardens.  For the past four
> > weeks, I've been assigned to the herb garden...someone let one of the
> beds
> > get overgrown with some Asian "horsetail" ? and it has been the devil
> to
> > remove...actually spread under brick walks and into other beds.
> Reminded
> > me of some of the comments about sloppy gardening.  I will admit that
> one
> > of the things I have learned working there is that I need to prune,
> shape,
> > and remove plants that seem to overgrow others.  I am more inclined to
> > just
> > let them go.
> > 
> > The Trial Gardens are looking great...getting ready for "Blooms Day",
> a
> > new
> > program started last year...walk-a-around seminars conducted by
> > specialists, booths, family fun things, vendors.
> > 
> > Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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