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Don't forget the Seed Swap and Potluck on April 5th!
Dedication  &  Plant and Garden Treasure Sale, May 17th. 

Work Days

posted Apr 17, 2012, 7:38 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 11:05 AM ]

    Our next work day is Monday, April 14th...starting about 9 a.m.  We'll have a committee meeting at noon in the conference.  Please bring a lunch and JOIN US.
    Saturday, April 19th will be April's second workday.  We'll start about 8:30.  Be sure to bring work gloves and water.
    The schedule for May changes due to the PLANT and GARDEN TREASURE SALE on the 17th.
  • Workdays are May 5th and 10th
  • June - 9th and 21st
  • July - 14th and 19th
  • August - 11th and 16th
  • September - 8th and 20th
  • October - 6th and 18th
  • November - 10th and 15th
        Please circle the dates on your calendar and plan to join in the garden work day fun. If you have questions...
                               contact Bobbi at 828-689-5100 or Ed McNally at 828-333-3883.

    Forest Farming: Visit the demonstration garden

    posted Apr 17, 2012, 6:31 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Aug 16, 2013, 8:31 AM ]

        Phase 2 of the Forest Farming demonstration garden was completed in October.  The class, led by  Zev Friedman of Living Systems Designs, was enjoyed by his students. 
        Students learned the basics of permaculture and forest agriculture, as well as how to design and build a forest farm garden on their own property.  Basic concepts were reinforced as they planted phase 2 plants at the Marshall Library demonstration garden. Plants including persimmon, strawberries, sochan and grapes were included.
        Phase 3 is scheduled to be held September 29, 2013. Contact Jennifer Flynn at jenflynn72@gmail.com.  Cost is $60 before September 6th, and $75 after that date.
        Further information on Forest Farming and the demonstration garden can be obtained by containing Zev Friedman at zev@livingsystemsdesign.net 



    Design Plans

    posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:21 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Aug 16, 2013, 8:28 AM ]

        We've got a wonderful design that Ed has drawn up for the circle garden, extending across the parking lot and up the slope, featuring native grasses. Can you help with prepping the areas?  Give Ed a call at 828-333-3883 to volunteer
    These are the native grass we plan to use....  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 design. Some basic principles of design are repitition 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.
        Designs for other gardens are being worked on as well.  Interested in getting involved? 
        Bobbi Tousey is getting started on the butterfly garden.  Bobbi also has a lot of interest in the monarch project.  Call her  at 828-689-5100 if you want to help with this project.  They will be beginning the design process very soon. 
        Michael Tousey is interested in designing and installating the woodland garden, but first needs to spend some serious time removing the invasives in that area.  If you are interested in working on this project with him, give him a call at 828-689-5100.
        Ed McNally and Michael Redfox are working on the outcrop area and the far edge of the the parking area, across from the entry gardens.  Take a look at the work that has been started.  Its looking great!!  Give Ed a call at 828-333-3883 and let him know what you think.
        Below are some of the interesting 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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