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County to celebrate new educational gardens
County to celebrate new educational gardens

Palmetto ― On Jan. 31, the Board of County Commissioners, the Mayor of Palmetto, and the Chamber of Commerce will be joining the Extension Service staff and the Master Gardeners for ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new site and to thank the many donors that made the site possible. 

The gardens demonstrate different ways for Manatee County residents to be more successful gardeners and to make their yards more Florida-friendly.  

The various gardens feature growing vegetables in small spaces, herbs in a repurposed fountain, salad tables, bird and butterfly attractors, dwarf fruit trees, water conservation with native plants and the careful use of irrigation, and rain barrels. Various composting bins for yard waste are displayed.  

Recycled bottles, garden pots, and bits of lumber are used to make a pot person, a pot frog, a bottle tree, and cheerful bird and butterfly houses in our children's garden.  A sensory garden to delight the eyes, ears and nose is next to a maze for small children with shady benches for their grownups to rest on.  Vines that work in Florida are also displayed on arbors and fencing.  Recycled bricks and construction waste bricks make pleasant wheelchair friendly walkways and decrease landfill usage. 

The Master Gardeners will be happy to share the garden with visitors. 

Stop by for an impromptu visit on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday or make an appointment for a longer tour.

Release courtesy Manatee County Government.

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