A new greenhouse was christened Monday morning at McClellan’s Cane Creek Community Gardens, thanks to fundraising efforts and a state grant.
Sherron Pritchett Greenhouse is named after a Calhoun County Master
Gardener who died in 2016 at age 73. Her husband, Dick Pritchett, is the
president of the county’s Master Gardeners.
place has come a long way in a short number of years,” he said Monday
at the dedication. “I asked what it would cost to get this greenhouse
going, and $35,000 later it’s here.”
The greenhouse sits at the Cane Creek Community Gardens on Justice Avenue in Anniston, beside more than 20 raised flower beds on a 17-acre plot of land.
than $35,000 was raised to fund the project — $20,000 raised by the
Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council. Officials
from the council attribute the $15,000 grant to state representatives
K.L. Brown, R-Jacksonville and Del Marsh, R-Anniston. Brown delivered a
giant check for $15,000 to the Master Gardeners on Monday morning.
gonna do all we can do in our power to make sure these projects stay
funded,” Brown said of his office. “I’m very pleased that this could be
done in the memory of Sherron. She was a beautiful person and left this
life way too soon.”
said he couldn’t think of anything more fitting to honor Sherron
Pritchett than a greenhouse, and he can’t wait to see how it evolves
since he comes from a family of gardeners.
“My mother and grandmother had very green thumbs,” he said. “My grandmother could take a leaf and grow a tree.”
greenhouse will be wonderful for the county Master Gardeners, according
to Heidi Richards, executive director of the Coosa Valley Resource
Conservation and Development Council. She said the council receives
state money every year, but this grant helped allow them to complete
this special project.
greenhouse will help build the skills of Calhoun County Master
Gardeners, according to David West, County Extension Office coordinator
and representative on the Coosa Valley Conservation and Development
Master Gardener is a designation given by the American Horticultural Society to those who have completed extensive training and research in gardening. Master Gardeners then go out in their communities and educate others and work on various planting projects.
through our Master Gardener training out here,” West said, “which
requires 40 hours of training and they have to give back 50 hours of
service in their first year.”
said the new digs will allow the gardeners to grow plants regardless of
season and help landscapers keep the entire community garden fresh and
“It’s a much nicer greenhouse than I planned on having here,” he said. “We have a good cooling system and watering system here.”
of the greenhouse plants have been contracted by a grower, according to
West, which means the questions of what to grow and whether it will
sell have been answered already. He said the greenhouse will sell
Japanese maples in a fundraiser to help with the cost of running the
I walk in I get excited just looking at the plants and things we’re
growing,” Pritchett said. “Hopefully we’ll turn a profit real soon.”