The Franklin County Garden Club continues in its mission to promote the love of gardening and to assist in beautifying our community.
When Project Downtown Winchester first approached the club earlier this year asking them to develop a plan for their current garden beds surrounding the square, the members were eager to take on the challenge.
They utilized their National Garden Club credentialed landscape designers and garden consultants to recommend design plans for the square. The club had already implemented plans for Fire Station #2, located on Old Estill Springs Road and the overlook dock on Tims Ford Lake.
Franklin County Garden Club gladly assisted the City of Winchester in bringing seasonal color bloomers with grounding evergreen shrubs and plants.
Under the club’s guidance, the city workers assisted in cleanup, planting, developing drip irrigation for the seasonal hanging baskets and ongoing weeding and maintenance as needed.
The garden club provided instructional laminated sheets to assist workers in caring for their chosen plants. Additionally, club members were on site at the time of specific required activities to answer questions and give on-site instructions.
The square currently has 32 beds of different sizes, flanked by rising sun redbud trees. These trees and their unusual leaf colors were the inspiration for the club’s recommended plants.
Club members grew some of the flowers from seeds while the city purchased others.
To say the club has been busy this year would be an understatement.
Cleaning of the beds and division of existing ground-cover plants and planting began once the threat of frost had passed.
Their spring and summer plantings brought forth stunning beauty, color and interest. The green envy zinnias grown from seeds added companion colors against the rising sun redbud trees.
Hardy yellow lantana in mass plantings provided vibrant color with splashes of contrasting color provided by vinca and moss rose.
As soon as fall approached and seasonal fall décor was added, the club was ready with their lovely fall plantings. Pansies have now replaced the blooming plants and will winter over.
The garden club is happy to report that they have met and exceeded the expectations of the City of Winchester.
Their beautiful beds are viewed by everyone driving through downtown Winchester.
Club members couldn’t think of a better opportunity to promote the beauty and value of gardens and they hope everyone will continue to watch their colorful garden beds evolve.