Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
Volunteers from the Baxter County Master Gardeners recently designed and planted a Medicine Wheel Garden at Cooper Park. Present for the planting were Lisa Wolf, Jenni Rowlands, Jo Strickland (co-chair), Judy Brieske (co-chair), Carol Rossell-Lesher, Frank Sinning, Carol Badsky, and Debbie Blakeslee.
Historically, medicine wheel gardens were designed based on the four cardinal directions, and were used for ceremonial purposes. Today, the medicine wheel garden is divided with four or more paths that carve the garden into pie-shaped beds. They can be planted with annual and perennial herbs, or with a wide variety of culinary, ornamental, tea, heirloom, cosmetic and healing herbs, grasses, shrubs and cacti.
These gardens are personal to the designer, with stones and/or ornamental objects placed symbolically based on their importance to the designer. Some type of hardscaping is used to edge the paths and define the circle, again being items of some meaning for the designer. The quadrants can be planted with symbolic purposes, quandrants holding medicinal plants, cleansing plants, culinary plants, etc. Also color within the quadrants can also have old symbolic value.
As this garden takes hold and matures, take a morning walk in Cooper Park and come out see what they’ve accomplished. Congratulations for a job well done!!!
Written by Ceil Gasiecki
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