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MARSHALL  NATIVE  GARDENS  
 
  MARSHALL  NATIVE  GARDENS  INITIATIVE  ( M N G I )
 
 
  Marshall Native Gardens are located on the 4.2 acre grounds  of  the  Madison  County  Public Library in Marshall, NC.   Gardens are open to the public and free of charge.  These native gardens were envisioned, designed, constructed, and maintained by Marshall Native Gardens Initiative - MNGI. -- in cooperation with the Library Director & Madison County. 
 
     MNGI is a very diverse all volunteer group with no paid staff.  So, we love and rely on volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels.  All are welcome who want to learn about native plants,  sustainable gardening,  and/or  mountain agriculture. Our focus is to provide education about the importance of native plants through interpetive displays & demonstration gardens.
 
     To get involved or for more info check out our many linked pages on the left of this webpage or contact Ed at 828-333-3883.     
                                 
   

Happenings in The Gardens

May was significant for Marshall Native Gardens. That is when we hold our yearly fundraiser plant sale.  And, I am happy to report that the weather was great for our Annual Plant & Garden Treasures Sale (which was held Sat., May18th) and we had a record number of buyers looking for native plants. The result was a smashing success with gross sale at about $6,800 and net profits of a little over half the gross sales. So, this was our best sale of the 8 years we have held this annual fundraiser.  I want to thank all our many plant sale volunteers, participating plant vendors, and also give a shout out to Primrose for their great music, to Davis Coffee Roasters for the great coffee they donated, and to Larry Peek for the use of his large canopy tents. And, a special thanks goes out to all the folks who came out to buy plants from us this year!  May was also important because our volunteers helped to prepare the grounds (primarily clearing trees) for a major cistern project that will be completed on the Library grounds in June.  This a project has been sponsored through a grant with the SWCD.

June is a month that always sees the Marshall Native Gardens getting into full swing with our gardens lookin' good and many visitors looking to enjoy our demonstration gardens.  But, our volunteers get a little well earned break in June after a busy May...

There are a few events planning this month.  On the Saturday, June 1st we had our annual Rotary Day;  we had the local Rotary club members do a service day and tour of the gardens.  We dressed up the Bird Garden and planted some additional shrubs.  A good day!

Our next event is schedule for Tuesday, June 11th (3pm until 6pm).  We will be having Project Challenge and our MNGI members on-site to install and mulch the last of the left over from the sale plants on Tuesday June 11th . This a great opportunity to enjoy planting some potted native plants --- and then watching them over the years as they mature...    We need lots of volunteers this day to be sure to get all the plants in the ground and fully mulched.  


Our last schedule event in June is on Saturday, June 18th when we will have our normally scheduled MNGI workday and meeting;  Workday starts at 9am and meeting starts and 11am.  A tour of the Native Gardens is offered to folks after the MNGI meeting around 12:30pm.



 

 Above: Marshall Native Gardens Initiative Logo 



These Are Our 
Valued Partners,
Sponsors &  Collaborators:
 


French Broad Electric Cooperative, Marshall, NC
Madison County Public Library, Marshall NC


Southern Highlands Reserve, Lake Toxaway, NC
 
Carolina Native Nursery, Burnsville, NC
Asheville, NC

Nathan Buchanan,  Wildbud Natives,
Marshall, NC

NC Aboretum,  Asheville, NC


Reems Creek Nursery, Weaverville, NC

Southeastern Native Plant Nursery,
Candler, NC

Robert Eidus -  Eagle Feather Farm 
and NC Ginseng & Goldenseal Company
 
Audubon Society,  Asheville, NC
  

Project Challenge,  NC  Inc.


Timbersong Girls









 $$$ Donations,     new  members  and volunteers, partners,  sponsors,  and collaborators,  are always welcomed.