Spring Cleaning in the Garden Learning Center

Master Gardener Hilde Smith adds another weed to the cart already overflowing. Photo: KCMGA.
Master Gardener Hilde Smith adds another weed to the cart already overflowing. Photo: KCMGA.

The first week of April 2012 found plants in the Garden Learning Center growing like weeds. Oh, wait…some of those things ARE weeds!

For three days, groups of Master Gardeners, including Brad Ackerman, Lynn Ackerman, Missy Baker, Nancy Bowman, Paula Gilligan, Frances Holmes, Rebecca Morrow, Karen Sanders and Hilde Smith descended on the gardens to weed, prune, weed, mulch, weed, weed, weed.

Master Gardener Lynn Ackerman weeds in the succulent garden, far too close to the cholla for comfort. Photo: KCMGA.

The recent rains awakened all the plants, but the weeds, with their usual vigor, overtook almost everything else. Areas that had been heavily mulched–2-4 inches–last fall fared better than the more lightly-mulched areas, but weeds could be seen peeking through everywhere. The “weed wagon” made several trips to the back maintenance area to dump those pesky devils. There’s still work to be done, but the gardens are once again looking tended and are ready for visitors.

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