Volunteers needed to help with a new garden

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By JOHN LEE

MADISON – More ferns, azaleas, ornamental grasses, a gazebo, walking trail, and working irrigation system will arrive in the city’s botanical garden at the historic Montgomery home in 2022 and the city is looking for volunteers to help plant and continue work on the irrigation system.

“Groups such as garden clubs, master gardeners, boy scouts and anyone interested in volunteering are welcome,” said Gary Tolbert, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for Madison. “We could use all the help we can get.”

Alan Hoops, landscape architect and director of environment and design for the city, along with others, worked in the garden on Tuesday morning, mulching plants.

Work will soon be underway on Phase 2 after the city received a second grant of $ 25,000 earlier this month.

Phase 1 began earlier this year when the city received the first America in Bloom grant of $ 25,000. The city provided a $ 25,000 game for a total of $ 50,000, and the city kicked off Phase 1 in April with a ceremony outside the Montgomery House.

Hoops said Phase 2 follows the garden master plan that the mayor and board approved in 2019.

The garden, as of now, has an ongoing work trail, and various new plants that people walking around can observe.

“We plan to continue the garden path system, which leads through the plants and up to the entrance to the Montgomery House property on Main Street,” Hoops said.

Hoops said the city applied for America in Bloom’s second $ 25,000 grant earlier this year, and that it was approved a few weeks ago. Hoops said the city hopes to complete Phase 2 by April 1.

“I can’t wait to do it,” Hoops said.

Future phases include a vegetable patch and a formal garden in the backyard of the Montgomery House for people to socialize and set up tents, Hoops said.

For more information on the Botanical Garden, contact Alan Hoops at Madison Town Hall at 601-856-7116.

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