How about a garden party?

NORTH CREEK It started with an Andi McKee idea. She said: What are we going to do with this corner? It is sandy and ugly, how about a garden? Kim Repscha and I decided to tackle a garden but we were feeling very inadequate. Just finishing the Master Gardeners course taught us how much we did not know. So we refurbished a garden done by Judy Stafford years before. Sue Goldbecker and I planted a few trees but we were still wondering what to do with the corner. The first year they had 100 yards of top soil brought in and placed some landscape rocks with the help of the highway department and Youth Works. The garden started to take shape. Kim got busy with the outreach community garden but there was an article in the paper and Judy got a call from Patty Warrington that she would like to help so the vision began. They did drawings and more drawings and asked and received much help. This spring 17 people volunteered to help and with the help of Patty and her son Tony, from Creative Landscaping, they installed a watering system and a split rail fence.(Thanks Rudd). People started signing up to foster gardens and away they went. It has been a really wonderful project. There has been lots of new friendships made and great work done. On Monday Aug. 22 there was a Ski Bowl Garden Party. About 30 40 people attended, most staying for the pot luck supper. The garden has come a long way and everyone enjoyed seeing it in full glory. The signs that designate the garden keepers and the memorial signs are now mostly in place. The gardeners are: Ann Dingman, Evelyn Greene, Dorothy Swenson, Kate Hartley and Justin Schmale, Kelly Nessle, Marjolaine Arsenault, Pam George, Patty Warrington, Sue Murante, Christine Smith, Robin , Hannah, and Cassidy Jay, The Trail Blazer 4 H Group, and Steve and Diane Colletti. Special thanks went to both Evelyn and Dorothy for the extra help that was vital for keeping the garden alive and healthy. The garden arbor was built by Gary George and John Elford. It is not just an arbor but a work of art. The Nessles were very helpful with the use of their trailer wagon to haul junk away and deliver mulch. Much of the heavy work that went into building the trails and the river bed was done by the Youth Works young people. They are wonderful group of Teens from all over the US that donate 1 week of their time and talents to help where needed in the Adirondacks. Mary Goddard and Anita Abrams were there almost every time to help guide their efforts. Also a special thanks to Sally Heidrick for her offer to take responsibility for memorial contributions that many generous people offered in memory of a lost loved one. Without this funding and the funding from the town this project would not have happened. Hannah Jay is planning her Gold award project at the garden. She will be adding a new garden shed and a swing that will be enjoyed by all.

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