Today’s photos come from Jackie Stasevich, with some inspiring images from Kalamazoo, Michigan, from last summer.
Over the last few years, the Master Gardeners in our county have been renovating the gardens around our fairgrounds. Each year, they change up some of them, making them an educational attraction to the public visiting during the fair. This year they added a rain garden in a previously swampy area. It worked perfectly, as we daily empty out a large stock tank full of water used for swimming ducklings. The rain garden absorbed it, all the while looking beautiful. At the entrance to the livestock barns was a little garden full of flowers that lit up at night with power from a small solar charger. To inspire those with extra small gardening areas, a garden was created especially for the pollinators and others. I wonder what the Master Gardeners will plan for next year!
An apartment garden is inspiration for those who want to garden but don’t think they have the space.
A children’s garden, full of flowers and some edible plants, is a great place to play and learn more about the plants that make up our world.
A container vegetable garden highlights varieties that can be grown in pots.
The flower garden at the entrance to the livestock barns was full of tough, long-blooming annuals to give a long-lasting display.
At night the watering-can sculpture lit up!
This swampy area was transformed into a rain garden, full of native plants that thrive with the extra moisture. (If you are interested in creating a rain garden to help manage water on your property, see our article on them here.)
The pollinator garden had signage to educate those walking by.
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