Do you need inspiration to create your dream garden or just want to see gorgeous plants in bloom? Then you need to stop by the master gardener demonstration garden in Fayetteville and enjoy this outside space bursting with blooms, butterflies and bright ideas.
New master gardeners (called interns) have just completed weeks of intensive horticulture classes and now must volunteer 50 hours of service to the community before they can be “certified” and earn their master gardener badges. As part of their service, the interns work on a small but lovely garden plot tucked away behind the Fayette County Administration Complex, near the Fayetteville library.
Each year a new class of interns enhances the space. The 2011 class has really exceeded all expectations, creating an oasis that is packed with plants (95 different varieties) and great gardening ideas.
You are welcomed into the garden through a lovely arbor and can follow mulched pathways leading to various planting beds. A focal point of the garden is a rustic teepee, covered in vines. Beneath the teepee you can relax on a charming bench as you pause to savor the scenery.
Most if not all of the plants have been donated by other master gardeners, so there is an eclectic collection of pass-along plants. Plants to look for include the obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), which got its name because the flowers can be easily bent in any direction to make a nice bouquet. You’ll also enjoy the cheerful blacked-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), the old-fashioned Cleome and the exotic Canna lily and Elephant ears (Colocasia). Don’t miss the Zinnia and herb gardens for beautiful color and scent.
If you have ever wanted to try composting, you’ll find a collection of composting containers with explanations about each item.
The master gardener demonstration garden is free and open to the public. Stop by this hidden gem anytime. I am sure the master gardeners won’t mind if you pinch off a small piece of a plant to root but if you do, why not also pull out a couple weeds as well!
The Fayette master gardener program is under the leadership of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Fayette County. If you would like more information about becoming a master gardener, go to Master Gardener Program.