For the Troy Daily News
TROY — The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are a creative group. So when the county needed to renovate some flower beds, the Master Gardeners were sought for some design advice.
“The county came to our group to help design one of the flower beds in front of the Safety Building in downtown Troy. The roots of the bushes that had been in the bed for years were causing damage to some utility pipes below and they needed to be removed,” said Amanda Bennett, program coordinator for the group.
The Master Gardener committee, co-chaired by Pete Holmes and Deb Castle, sprang into action developing a design for the bed to be approved by the county.
“It was important for us to choose plant species so the bed would have color interest all year round as the Safety Building and courthouse are frequented by many county residents,” Castle said.
“We also chose a variety of native plants because they are well adapted to our region and do not require a lot of maintenance after they become established,” Holmes said. “We also chose a few species with significance for pollinators and hope to use the bed for demonstrations in the future.”
About 10 volunteers helped with the installation of the plants on May 25. The plants were purchased from Chaney’s Nursery, a local supporter of the Master Gardener Volunteers organization.
If you’d like more information about how you can become a Master Gardener Volunteer, contact Bennett at [email protected] or by calling (937) 440-3945. You can also visit the website at miami.osu.edu.