Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
In 2000, the First Presbyterian Church had several members who were also members of the Master Gardeners (MG). The area of what is now called the Memorial Garden, was planted in nothing but Bermuda Grass. The Pastor at that time, Chuck White, approached the church members who were also MG’s and asked if there could be anything done to make the area more attractive and welcoming. With some research they found that the area did have an automatic watering system and a garden would be feasible. It was then agreed that the Church would provide the funds through donations for the plants, mulch, and miscellaneous costs, and the MG’s would provide the planning, gardening expertise and the labor. And a partnership was formed.
At that time the Master Gardeners were holding the monthly meetings at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. In 2002 the Fair board advised that they could no longer use the fairgrounds for their meetings and the members approached Pastor White about meeting in the Church’s Fellowship Hall. With some conditions, the Session and Pastor White gave their approval and the partnership was enhanced. Each year the MG’s provide a donation to the church that is to go into the Memorial Garden Fund and the Church has made the facilities free to the MG.
Over the years, a bell tower, fountain, patio furniture and umbrellas, and benches have been donated for the area. Slowly the more expensive perennial bushes and flowers and bushes were purchased and the cheaper annual flowers were purchased for color and to fill in some bland areas. Approximately 300 man hours of work were needed for the MG’s to accomplish these tasks each year. The result of the efforts of the partnership are now evident in the colorful and beautiful area we have now. As a Master Gardening project, the garden is open to everyone to enjoy the beauty and serenity the site offers.
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