MNGI will be participating in the Madison Expo on March 12 at Mars Hill University 11-4.

The schedule has been set for power hours and work days/meetings.

Our next power hour will be Monday, March 14th at 5-6 p.m.  We'll meet in the library conference room to talk about the Butterfly garden gate construction.

Please join us. 

Work Days

posted Apr 17, 2012, 7:38 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Jul 29, 2016, 2:31 PM ]

POWER HOURS will be the second Monday of the month from 5-6 pm. 

   The next one is Monday, August 8th from 5-6 p.m. 
We'll be working for one short hour! Everyone's welcome.

2016 work days will be the third Saturday of the month:

    August 20th's focus will be continuing installation of the Woodland Shade pathway.  We'll start at 8:30 with a meeting to follow.
Contact Ed McNally at 828-333-3883 with questions.


posted Apr 17, 2012, 6:31 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Apr 23, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

Marshall Native Gardens Initiative


Design Plans

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:21 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Apr 23, 2016, 7:48 AM ]

    2016 Plans will start with the installation of the Medicinal Herb garden on Saturday, May 7th.

    We will also start installing the Woodland garden!  There are tons of plants that can bring color to the shady areas of your property.  Watch how it's done as the shade garden develops into a wonderful secret place to visit!

    Plans for the BIRD garden also continue.  This garden is located on the back side of the library.  Access the area by going through the interior doors on either side of the large windows, or just sit inside and watch as the landscape changes and the birds visit. 

    We are looking forward to some additions to the NATIVE SHRUB garden that will be donated by the Southern Highlands Reserve.
Below are some of the native grasses we used in the circle garden....  Check them out!
 Split-Beard Broomsedge    Andropogon ternarius

 Pink Muhly Grass  

 Muhlenbergia capillaris

 White Muhly Grass,  "White Cloud" Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud'
 Cloud Nine Switchgrass Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'
 Dallas Blues Switchgrass   Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'

 Shenandoah Switchgrass

 Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
 River Oats Chasmanthium latifolium
    You'll notice some of the same plants that were used in the entry gardens will be used in the circle garden. Some basic principles of design are repetition and continuity. So you'll find as we design the library grounds that we repeat plants and color to help pull all the gardens together. 
    Have design questions, call Ed 828-333-3883 or Susan 828-656-2729.
    We are looking for a new champion for the butterfly garden.  This involves keeping an eye on the garden, organizing a group to weed or water or whatever needs doing.  Interested??     Call Bobbi at 828-689-5100.  
    Below are some of the native plants we used in the entry garden. Check them out and see if they might fit into your landscape as well!
 Pagoda Dogwood  Cornus alternifolia
 Fringe Tree Chionathus virginicus
 Crossvine Bignonia capreolata
 Coral Honeysuckle Vine  Lonicera sempervirens
 American Wisteria Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'
 River Oats/Sea Oats  Chasmanthium latifolium
 Dwarf Inkberry 'Shamrock' Ilex glabra 'Shamrock'
 Winterberry 'sparkleberry' Ilex verticillata 'Sparkleberry'
 Winterberry 'Jim Dandy'  Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy'
 New Jersey Tea  Ceanothus americanus
 Shrubby St. John's Wort 'cinnamon stick' Hypericum prolificum 'Cinnamon Stick'
 Dwarf Common Ninebark 'little devil'  Physocarpus opulifolius 'Little Devil'
 Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
 Pink Muhly Grass  Muhlenbergia capillaris
 Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi'
 Creeping Phlox (red, blue, white var.)  Phlox subulata
 Green and Gold  Chrysogonum virginianum
    Comments or questions?  call Ed at 828-333-3883.

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