Inside and Outside the Picket Fence


The house and the gardens were smiling this week as 15 volunteers with big hearts worked with sweaty hands to make what is already beautiful just a wee bit better.

A delivery of rock will be arriving soon to top off the succulent garden that has been enlarged and amended. This is one of the first areas visitors notice as they park in front of the arboretum, and we are excited about this upgrade. In the words of John Heywood, “Many hands make light work.”

Our volunteers braved the heat and humidity to put the finishing touches on the barn, weed where needed, check on irrigation, mow and edge, and sort and price items for the upcoming Friends of the Arboretum Yard Sale (Saturday, Sept. 23).

We were excited to have Steve Straznicky, Quitman State Farm agent, remove his insurance hat for a few minutes, as he advised us on a landscape design for the Memorial Garden that is being established at the rear of the Stinson House. This garden will occupy the space that has been the site of a vegetable garden. After a few years of poor crops due to insufficient sunlight, it was decided to repurpose this piece of land. The official name for this venue has yet to be decided. As a matter of fact, the public may be asked for suggestions concerning a name.

Optimism can be a slippery slope. However, this writer has a heart full of optimism as she writes this update for you. Find us on Facebook, join us on Wednesdays, remember we would like any donations you may have for the yard sale (no clothing please) and – the coffee is on.


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