The Extension Office Garden in located at the intersection of Highway 62 and 9th Street, as you enter Mountain Home from the west. It is one of the most visual garden plots that the Master Gardens maintain. Started by the class of 1999, the garden still has some of the original plants (the four Crape Myrtle trees) . Through out the years many other bushes and flowers have been planted and relocated.
I have been the project leader at the garden for the last three years. During that time me and my group of loyal MG volunteers, have made major changes in this space. The first was to thin out all of the existing flower beds and put in a garden path so we could move around the garden a little easier. It has taken us that long to finally get the plants manageable.
During this time the back side of the garden needed a lot of help. Before it was used as a dumping area for the yard waste. With the help of Mountain Home Maintenance Dept. , they were able to have a load of dirt placed against the tilting badly, cement wall that was adjusted to the vacant building. We were now able to get back in that area and start developing it. We put in a terrace with landscaping stones, added some tulips in the spring and some cascading sedums and herbs for color and texture for the rest of the year. On the lower terrace, we planted a row of Stone-crop Sedums and a row of Stella de Oro Daylilies ( all very hardy and easy to maintain.)
In the front of the garden, we started to plant a variety of Hostas under the Rose of Sharon and Burning Bush to make that space attractive and maintenance free. In the very front of the garden that was once planted with annuals, we planted some perennials that provide different colors and textures through out the year. Last year we planted a few annual Coleus and had great luck with them, so we planted the same ones this spring. Even as you enter the garden from the parking lot, there a three beautiful red Shrub Roses that are constantly in bloom.
Our goal this year is to maintain, and control the plants and bushes that are at the garden, and provide a very colorful space as you stop at the light and look over at the garden. We are always looking for helpers and we meet the second Wed. of the month from 8-10 a.m. I would love to have some new faces join us for a fun and educational two hours.
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Judy Niziolek---Project Leader
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