Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
Coming this summer we will have water everywhere in the Native Garden at Clysta Willet Park. The Mountain Home Department of Parks and Recreation has generously offered to design and install a sprinkler system at the Native Plant Garden along the Nature Trail next year. They have also generously offered to replace the two Paw Paw trees (Asimina triloba) in the garden. These replace trees planted last year.
Clysta Willet Park and Nature Trail is a 14-acre site donated to the City of Mountain Home in 1977 by Clysta Bertha Willett-Smith. In the 1990’s as a result of grant requests by the City of Mountain Home and with a cooperative effort of various organizations four trails were created: Scout, Sycamore, Woodland and Wildflower, with the subsequent addition of the Keller Park Trail in later years.
In 2002 the Baxter County Master Gardeners adopted the portion known as the Wildflower Trail as a sanctioned project. Since that time, Master Gardeners in conjunction with the City of Mountain Home Park and Recreation Department and various other organizations have created seven gardens that contain a variety of native plants. Over 100 native plants are displayed, which include flowering shrubs, understory trees, warm season grasses, shade loving and sun loving plants including self-sowing annuals, biennials, and perennials.
When the gardens were first developed, all watering was done by hand carrying the water in. The Department of Parks and Recreation installed a water source, though we have no record of when that occurred. Over the years, Master Gardeners maintained the watering. At times, MG who lived close by would maintain a watering schedule. At times, MG would set up a section to be watered; and Joe Melder, Supervisor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, would turn off the sprinklers when he left work for the day.
The sprinkler system will certainly be a great asset for us in our maintenance of the Native Garden, and is greatly appreciated. A special thanks to the Mountain Home Department of Parks and Recreation, and to its Director, Billy D. Austin, and Joe Melder, Superintendent for their generosity and assistance.
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