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A Day of Gardens

June 13, 2014
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I am a city girl by heart and grew up in a world of neighborhoods, with houses fairly close together.  Today, I spent a full day in Saline County touring potential gardens for the 2015 MG conference, and I quickly learned the difference between neighborhoods and country homes.  Many of the gardens we saw were on 3 acres or more of a yard.  That is a LOT of mowing.  They were fabulous expanses of lawns, and huge landscaped beds–many of which did not have a single weed in them!  I was quite impressed.  Our first stop was over 3 acres with more daylilies and iris than you can begin to imagine.  The rolling landscape was one of the most pristine I have seen.  Not a weed nor spent flower out of place.

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We saw some fabulous gardens–over 10 new ones today. So many were large. Some we are worried about buses being able to access them, others just the shear amount of time to view them.  We saw many swimming pools.

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We saw great “rooms” in a garden.

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We also toured one of the best community gardens in the state in Avilla.

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and saw a lot of great home vegetable gardens and backyard chickens.

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The gardens of Saline County are diverse and amazing. Our challenge will be to get buses in and people out in a timely manner. Now our goal is to organize all that we saw and turn it into wonderful tours.  It was a great day to be outside. It did get warm by late afternoon, but we had low humidity and it was wonderful outside. A very full but productive day!

 

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