A History Rewritten- 2004

As we step out into 2004, let’s take time to gain some perspective on what we are seeing. A great deal has changed in the last several years as the pasture disappears and our beautiful green space emerges.


Here is the new parking lot and the trees we have planted trees in the boulevard.


We have made this the entrance and taken out all the nursery that used to be between the Head House and Tower Hill, notice the new Kiosk and the back of the Rose Garden (no fence yet). So here we go, another exciting year.


From Director’s Notes: Hired Keri Leymaster as full-time summer gardener

Tiled areas for better drainage and upgraded irrigation system


  • Waking Up the Gardens

There are several photos of lots of folks working on the gardens in what looks like early spring, so I am going to say this is one of our annual events where we start the growing season by grooming the plant beds. As you can see some are stirring already.





This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Let’s not forget that we seem to always have fun even when we are working



  • Petals and Blooms

This looks like it was a one- time event, found a couple of photos that had petals and blooms written on the back


  • Bug Camp

Apparently, we held a bug camp bug this is the only evidence I have

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Something is going on

This looks like an event to me, but no idea what

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Another mystery event


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Fall Harvest Festival

Of course, the biggest and best. Sometimes we forget all the work it takes to set up for this event.

There is always lots of things for kids to see and do


Petting zoo



Corn maze


The firefighters are always popular

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

And Scarecrows

This slideshow requires JavaScript.



Looks like everyone had a good time!



  • Shade Garden

Initial plans are being made for the creation of a shade garden. The expectation is that this project will carry over into 2005. Following is the Master Plan description for the shade garden

“The north wall of the walled garden will provide the initial shade for the first phase planting in the shade garden, which can be expanded after some shade-giving trees are planted and assume some size.  Many homeowners are faced with the dilemma of which plants will thrive in a shady environment.  This garden will help answer this question by addressing the conditions of wet shade and dry shade using native and non-native plants.  This native spring ephemerals will, of course, be featured, as well as some of the native wildflowers that tolerate dry conditions.”

In order for this description to make sense for us today, we need to look, again, at the Master Plan garden index. On the image below the red dot is the location for the Shade Garden. As we have mentioned before, many of the gardens from this index were located in other places, mostly farther West, many of them on tower hill. The planned location for the proposed garden in this project was to be in the small grove of Honey Locust trees that were original to the site. They are Northeast of the Herb Garden, which puts them almost directly North of the Sesquicentennial Forrest.





The following notes are from the Shade Garden site file.

“Sharon Jordan and other volunteers started Shade Garden with just small collection around Locust trees.  There used to be a Hosta Club (Rhonda and Mike Deeds) very prominent in the area.”

Sharon Weiss from Country Bloomers donated many Hosta’s. The records show that there 68 different cultivars in the original hosta collection that were planted in this garden.

  • Train Garden

There is a project this year to relocate the little pink mouse house in the Children’s Garden and to put in that space a model railroad. Principal Financial Group donated $328 to buy tracks.


This looks like the first train


  • From Director’s Notes: Clean-out, re-formed and re-shaped Forget-Me-Not Pond

This is all I have on this project, no photos


  • Rose Garden

This space is coming along nicely

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Children’s Garden 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Community Gardens

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Enabling Gardens

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Fern Gully


I am going to extend the Fern Gully to in front of the Education Center where some flowers were planted. (eventually, this garden changed to include this space)


  • Head House Garden


  • Herb Garden

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Individual Gardens

We have talked about these before, these are interesting to me. I am guessing that they were almost an extension of the community gardens except, whereas the community gardens were annuals, these gardens contain many perennials. I think they were planted and cared for volunteers who created them and cared for them. This space has been home to many varied gardens from the beginning.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Pond Garden


  • Wattle Garden

Remember this one from the early days? We haven’t seen it lately, but this is it and it has changed dramatically. No one is calling it the wattle garden anymore; the stick fence is gone and it looks like the annual displays are not here anymore. It has taken on a new look, but notice in the second photo, the three fence posts are still there.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


No records, my computer disk only had records up to 2003

From Directors Notes: inventoried tree collection. Transplanted all nursery bed perennials and shrubs to the gardens, planted Green Scene funded trees (there must have been some)


Let’s have a rousing cheer for the folks that make it happen!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


By now the space is looking familiar for those of us that came along later but there are more time-travel adventures to come so let’s be on our way.