I am writing to ask if you have any ideas on how I can take my six acres and
develop a "Public Garden." My wife and I took the property and turned what used
to be an unkept pasture, into a well groomed lawn. But, we want to take it
further. We thought that if we could develop a public garden it would benefit
the community and give area seniors and kids a place to relax and enjoy the
beauty of nature. We really do not use the land for anything now, so it would be
a great way to make use of the land. We are not aware of any gardens in the area
now, and it would be something new for the community.
We plan to have a walk through garden with groomed pathways for guest to
stroll along and enjoy the beauty of the garden. There are two ponds in
development now. One will be stocked with Catfish, Bluegill, and Crappie, for a
"catch & release" fishing hole. The other will be stocked with colorful Koy
fish. This pond will also have water plants and special water features.
Other areas of the garden we plan to have are theme garden, i.e., moonlight
garden, fragrant garden, rose and flowering shrub gardens.
I contacted the Commerce Department on September 23, but they have not
replied to my e-mail. Additionally, I have spent hours on the internet searching
for ways to fund the project. There are many cities and rural communities across
the nation that have done this already, but it looks like they went through
their local governments to some degree. Also, I have purchased several books
about grants, loans, and anything else that would give me leads to getting the
project started. It is pretty difficult to sort out though. Some of the
terminology I never heard of before, but I am trying to learn.
If you could find the time to give us your ideas and input, we certainly
would appreciate it. Perhaps you have someone or an organization you can put us
in contact with. Thus far, we have contacted these organizations: National
Garden Association, Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Native Plant
Society, Local and National Extension Offices, Southern Region of SARE, Texas
A&M Horticulture Department, and National Parks and Forestry Departments.
And, many, many, more that I won’t trouble you to read.
We appreciate your time, and hope you can help. My daytime telephone number
is: 903-236-9355, Monday through Thursday. Otherwise, you can try me at home @
903-797-2088 if you wish to contact us by telephone. My e-mail is:
Thank you for your time.
Kevin and Evelyn Kusch