Monday, June 28, 2010

A Fresh New Look, With a Little Help

This spring the outdoor garden landscapes at Kettunen Center were spruced up with the help of four MSU Extension Master Gardener students.

Three of the volunteer gardeners were graduates of the 2009 Wexford and Osceola County Master Gardener Program. Jenny Gray is a seasoned Wexford County Master Gardener and has volunteered at Kettunen Center for two years. Susan Alexander, a Master Gardener and owner of the “In Harmony Gardening by Design” business in Buckley, Michigan, provided new garden design ideas, selected the plants, supplied mulch and other materials at a discount.

In conjunction with Susan’s guidance, the “worker bee” volunteers of the project Jenny Gray, Pat Marlow and Andrea Grix, dedicated over 12 hours of their time and expertise weeding, pruning, and planting. In addition, Pat Marlow donated large rocks from her home to contribute to the new garden design around the large White Pine tree next to the main entrance. The results are truly vibrant and aesthetically pleasing thanks to the work of these volunteers and will certainly please our guests.

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