|A Thousand Bulbs|
Instead of a bit of cleanup to do, the gardeners found an array of 1000 spring-blooming bulbs--tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths--all donated to the Master Gardener's program by Wal-Mart, and all ready for planting.
While planning the day's work, the gardeners caught a cheery arrival in the morning sky. The Master Gardeners, all volunteers, do all of the work on two truly extraordinary gardens in Springfield, the Xeriscape Garden shown here and the Demonstration Garden in Nathanael Greene Park.
|A Bit of Genius?|
How do you speed up planting 1000 bulbs? Carl Redmon, gardens coordinator for the Master Gardeners, has the answer: a quarter-inch drill and auger. (Why didn't we think of that?)
Carl shows how the auger speeds planting on one of the 23 planting beds that make up the Xeriscape Garden. A Master Gardener called a "bedhead" supervises each bed and can even choose what plants go into the space, he said, and other workers assigned to the beds are called "bedfellows."
|Every Nook 'n Cranny|
Pauline Marsh of Springfield, working in her bed, said, "This is a gardener's delight, to get to work in this soil and know things will always be taken care of. And, of course, there's the camaraderie." She said her plan for the day was to get the bulbs into "every nook and cranny."
|The Right Stuff|
No wonder Pauline likes working the Xeriscape Garden's soil. It's a rich, dark, friable loam--about as good as it gets.
|Down to Work|
Barbara sets to work on her bed.
|The Old-Fashioned Way|
Volunteer Dan Bohannon, flanked by boxes and boxes of bulbs, likes to use the old-fashioned bulb planter.
|A Good Tool|
Master Gardener Jim Hawkins doesn't know the official name of this "short"shovel, but says "I always carry it with me in the car." Jim is an extremely active volunteer, working on the Xeriscape and Demonstration gardens and such special projects as the New Grass Garden, which you can see in Today's Notes. (He does have a face, and you can almost see it there.)
|Still Flying High|
There's that balloon again....
Master Gardener Gene Wallace hard at work on his bed.
|Just Wait Till Spring|
Wal-Mart gave the Master Gardeners more than 2000 bulbs, 1000 of which went into the Xeriscape Garden at S. National and Linwood in Springfield and others into the Demonstration Garden in Nathanael Greene Park at 2400 S. Scenic. Just wait till spring! By the way, to learn more about the Master Gardener Program, or become a Master Gardener yourself, phone 417-862-9284.