Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
The Church Garden was begun May of 2000. There was nothing there but Bermuda Grass. The church asked the Master Gardeners to plan out and execute a garden. The church would pay for all materials and let us design it as we wanted.
This quickley became a learning field! Killing of grass was started in May and was finally planted in November. We found an inoperable sprinkling system by trial and error. We dug up the "lawn" that had plastic mesh under the grass. That was very labor intensive! The Master Gardeners learned how to replace the old system and get the water up and running.
Plants were bought and a wish list of things was presented to the church and paid for. It was mentioned that a fountain would look nice and the money appeared and a fountain was purchased. Then came the benches and later on the tables and chairs. All picked out by the Master Gardeners.
Soon after the garden was done the Master Gardeners were invited to use the fellowship hall for their meetings at no charge. It came at a very good time as the fairground was going to start charging the MG's a fee for using the building there for their meetings. The church named Kay Kunkel to be the liaison between the church and the Master Gardens. She still holds that position.
It has been 16 years since the gardens were started and there have been quite a few Chairs and Co-Chairs. The Master Gardeners have made a beautiful garden that has been maintained with love and dedication by many Master Gardeners.
The Memorial Garden is located at the First Presbyterian Church at 1106 Spring Street in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
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