The Grand Opening of the Demo Garden was held August 6, 2016, just before the Farm, Home, and Wildlife Expo. On hand for the ceremony was Eagle Scout Clay Vinson, and Girl Scout Hannah Childress. Clay’s project for Eagle Scout was the Demo Garden’s Pergola and surrounding Butterfly Flowerbed. Hannah’s project for her Gold Badge was the Keyhole Garden. The Expo is always a big event that the Master Gardeners look forward to each year. Master Gardeners are in charge of the ice cream tasting, fruit tasting, corn on the cob hut, plant sale, and of course, the Demonstration Garden. Go to Smilebox to see a slideshow of photos from the Expo and Demo Garden.
Hannah Grace Childress, Jemison High School ninth grader, chose the Keyhole Garden installation as her Gold Project. Hannah, along with her team, installed the wall with the broken stones left over from the Demonstration Garden. A window constructed by MG, Lee Walters, was installed on the east side of the V cut out for education on root development. Hannah’s team constructed the wall, lined it with cardboard, shredded paper, pine cones, and soil. Hannah and her mother, Terri, planted the garden with Blue Lake Bush beans. Hannah will be on-hand August 6 at the EXPO to explain her project and how it works.
Pictured right: Hannah and her mother, Terri Childress, planting beans
Team pictured above, left to right: Colin Tillery, Andy Davison, Alex Davison, Hannah Grace Childress, Benji Childress and Kinsley Davison.
Sondra Henley, Dianne Clapp, Linda Hays, Wally Walters and Lee Walters spread mulch at the Demo Garden and the Little House at Chilton Research and Extension Center, getting everything ready and spiffed up for this Saturday’s Farm, Home, and Wildlife Expo. Allen Reed helped Jim Pitts’ crew put up tents and Treasia Bennett (not pictured) delivered watermelons donated by CREC to several different charities. One more work day on Friday will get the garden and surrounding area groomed and ready for the Grand Opening of the redesigned Demonstration Garden Saturday at 11:30. Also not pictured, Paula Blevins-Russell and Harriett Jackson. Photos by Harriett Jackson.
Curtis Grace and Matthew Kemp, graduates of the Turning Point Men’s Ministry, kept the gravel coming as Chilton County Master Gardeners finished spreading and tamping the fines in all walk areas of the newly designed Demonstration Garden. The garden beds will receive fresh pine straw and weeding will continue as August 6 fast approaches. The Grand Opening of the Chilton County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden will be at 11:30 on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Everyone is invited to attend and stay afterwards for the Farm, Home and Wildlife EXPO held annually at the Chilton Research and Extension Center, located on Highway 29, Clanton, AL.
The Chilton County Master Gardeners Association’s newly designed Demonstration Garden will have its Grand Opening on August 6, 2016 at 11:30 at the Chilton Research and Extension Center off of Highway 29.
Afterwards the Farm, Home and Wildlife EXPO will start with free tastes of fruit, ice creams, peach salsa and other culinary delights. Many presentations are offered for home and farm, along with exhibits for all ages. Everyone is invited to attend!
The Demo Garden redesign continues to be a work in progress, but is right on schedule as far as Phase I, II, and III are concerned. The Grand Opening is scheduled for August 6, 2016, the day of the EXPO at Chilton Research and Extension Center. The public is invited to attend.Watch for upcoming information.
The Demo Garden is open year round and is located at the Chilton Research and Extension Center on Highway 29 in Clanton. The garden’s main event is the Farm, Home and Wildlife Expo held the first Saturday in August. Master Gardeners strive to maintain its beauty and variety of plants all year. Currently the Demonstration Garden is undergoing a major redesign, led by V.P. Sondra Henley. Check out the calendar for scheduled days for volunteer opportunities. Your help is always welcome!
On Saturday, February 5th, Alabama Landscape Creations of Jemison, AL, arrived at the newly redesigned Demonstration Garden located at the Chilton Research and Extension Center, which is managed by the Chilton County Master Gardeners. Jacob Boozer and Bill Lovelace with Alabama Landscape Creations met with the CCMGA members to install an irrigation system.
Alabama Landscape Creations has over 14 years of experience offering a full service landscape business, specializing in natural stone work, paver patios and walkways, landscaping, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, and aquatic gardens. Jake Beardon, owner of Alabama Landscape Creations, has not only served his customers well, but has given back to the community by donating the irrigation system, several large boulders, and a lava rock to the Chilton County Master Gardener Association.
Sondra Henley, Demo Garden Project Manager, discusses Phase 3 of the Demo Garden Redesign with Eagle Scout Clay Vinson. Clay has selected Phase 3 of the Demo Garden as his Eagle Scout Project, which will include the Pergola and the perimeter butterfly bed designed by Harriett Jackson. Development will begin in February after the irrigation lines are laid.
This past week Ann Moore and Julie Soileau lined the tool shed flower bed at the Demo Garden with rocks. With this improvement the shape of of the bed is much better defined.
Paula Blevins Russell, Don Burdette, Diane Clapp, Alice Broome, Harriett Jackson and not pictured, Sondra Henley planted 32 hollies at the Demo Garden. This planting completes the four corner circles of the new Demonstration Garden.