2016 Expo and Demo Garden Grand Opening

group of master gardeners cutting large ribbon
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.



Girl Scout Demo Garden Gold Project

girl scouts preparing keyhole garde to plant and team that helped

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.girl scout and mother preparing garden bed

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.

Last Minute Touches to the Demo Garden

Putting out mulch
Putting out mulch

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.

Turning Point Men’s Ministry graduates help in Demo Garden

Spreading gravel in a Demo Garden

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.

Demo Garden Grand Opening

Rock Garden in Demo Garden

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!

(Photos by Sondra Henley)





Demo Garden Phase I, II, and III almost complete!


Knot Garden in Demo Garden









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.

Demonstration Garden

New sign
New sign for redesigned Demo Garden


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!



Installing Irrigation In Demo Garden

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.

Alabama Landscape Creations donates irrigation

Demo Garden Selected As Eagle Scout Project

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.



Demo Garden Update

By Sondra Henley

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.