New feature at Little Community Garden

Vandalia Little Community Garden has a new feature this year ­ an area designated as “The Educational Garden.”

That new area has been created through local gardeners’ creativity, commitment and desire to make the garden an attractive, pleasant and serene place to visit. It’s also their love of gardening and just plain willingness to dig in the dirt, plant, weed and do whatever else is necessary to turn out the delicious fruits and vegetables to put on kitchen and dining tables.
Creating these little spots of beauty with flowers and plants of every color and name bring serenity and pleasure, or “food for the soul,” to garden visitors.
It also brings a certain feeling of poignancy as you see zinnias, sunflowers and other flowers that our grandmothers and mothers used to plant, often around the edge of their very important vegetable gardens.
The garden also has flowers to attract butterflies, which sad to say, may be facing survival problems, due to insecticides, sprays, etc.
There are cheerful little signs, small ceramic figures and other attractions that add to the area without giving it a commercial presence. In fact, it has a homey, old-fashioned garden feeling as you walk about or sit on one of the benches, which have been thoughtfully provided so one may rest and just absorb the beauty and tranquility. It also has a patio and picnic table under a big tree for shade. There is also a trash can, so the spot remains one of beauty.
Sid File, Jennie Grimsley, Randy Harrison, Pam Yates, Terri Braun, Carrie Hill, Lana Potter, Joan Clayton, Gena Wellbourne and Thais Ledbetter are all Master Gardeners. Volunteers who love gardening and are probably working toward the Master Gardner degree are Ginny Matzker, Sue Holliday and Lilly Moore.
How Does the Little Community Garden Grow?
With loving, diligent, care and the addition of new features every year.
This year, the visitors will also enjoy the Educational Garden, in which Randy Harrison has taken special interest. He identified one very large plant as a porcupine plant, pointing out the bristly leaves that influenced its name.
Another plant of interest, planted in a prominent spot in the garden is the Abraham Lincoln Heirloom Tomato. It is named so because it is from the days of Lincoln, introduced in 1923 by W.H. Buckbee Seed Co. of Rockford.
Learn more about the Little Community Garden …
… on Facebook, The Garden Page-Vandalia Little Community Garden, or, better yet, go visit the garden in person, east of the Old State Burial Ground on West Edwards Street. Sit and absorb the tranquility of nature’s beauty; the songs of the birds; maybe the chatter of a little squirrel; the shade of the ages-old, majestic trees; the beauty of the endless sky, from which the nourishing rains fall; and even the grass-covered soil, the carpet on which you walk as you tour the garden.
Then, first thank the Creator of all; then be sure to thank the volunteers who have made this garden possible for the community.

Some of the volunteers at Vandalia’s Little Community Garden are pictured above. At left are Randy Harrison, Terri Braun and Jennie Grimsely. At right are Sid File, Pam Yates and Sue Holliday.

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