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Re: Tennessee Gardener Article


so many gardens...so little time.....

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 6:50 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] 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
> ecologies.
>
> 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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