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RE: 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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