On Saturday, the 26th of March, a crew of 7 (me, Miriam Vaughan, Connie McMillin, Jim Bailey, David Herrington, Tommy Davis, and Luther Norman) installed the revised and expanded landscape at the new Smithville Clinic at MLK Drive and Lynch. A few of the remaining plants donated earlier by the Smithville Garden Club were lifted, the soil improved, and all the new (and old) plants were set in place in their new locations. We were all dirty and tired after nearly 6 ½ hours of hard work, but everyone satisfied with the results.
The garden will be one of four local gardens open on Saturday, April 16th. This “Open Garden Tour” is associated with the Empty Bowl Project, a cooperative effort of the Smithville Food Pantry, Smithville Community Gardens, and the Lost Pines Artisan’s Alliance. The event will take place at the Mary Nichols Gallery at 301 Burleson; speakers from 10-11AM, the luncheon from 11-1PM, then more speakers from 1-3PM and the gardens open from 1PM until 4PM. Visit www.smithvilleemptybowl.com for more info and to secure tickets for the program and luncheon.
I’m told that the Smithville City “train” will be leaving the Gallery at intervals and driving by some of the gardens on tour. My garden at 400 Bishop Street will be featured, as will the garden of Miriam and Robert Vaughn (200 Bishop Street and beyond), Earline and Gina Rossi (405 Turney), and the Clinic garden (at MLK Drive and Lynch).
My garden is a collection of Old Roses, herbs, vegetables, annuals, and other old fashioned and fragrant shrubs, perennials, and vines. The roses are at their peak right now, so feel free to drive by and take a look. The Vaughan garden is only about 2 years old, but a wonderful and thriving collection of native plants, fruit trees, and vegetables. The Rossi garden was designed to be low maintenance and yet colorful, and beautifully compliments the lovely old home there. Be sure to visit the back yard and see the round lawn. It sounds odd to many, but works well for simple irrigation and is bordered by shrubs, vines, and perennials. Owners will be present at all the gardens to answer questions; we’ll be taking FREE WILL donations to benefit the Community Gardens project. Please come even if you can’t donate, as the gardens are open to all interested persons.