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Wishing well: path dirty and rocks almost hidden by dirt and weeds

We didn't start out looking for a project, our lives are pretty full already. We went to the Sequoia Park Zoo Snack bar for lunch on March 25th (Thursday) then walked though the gardens before we left. We were shocked at the bare ground and the lack of color. The gardens had not been planted since the spring of 2008.  We found out they had not been able to continue maintaining the gardens plus do the other many Eureka parks.  The Sequoia Park Gardens are  legendary in Eureka.  The Dahlias were the size of dinner plates and the plants were lush and beautiful.....

wishing well
until the 2008 City of Eureka budget cuts.  It was so sad because everyone loves the gardens so much.  One of the people who worked for the parks department said when he started there were 14 people and now there are five.  When they decided not to plant the gardens he was certain he would lose his job...he said they have less staff yet their workload continues to increase.  We began discussing what had happened and what we could do to help.

We decided we would volunteer to do the four quad areas around the wishing well. They looked like the easiest for two amateur gardeners. Next we called the zoo regarding our idea and we were referred to the parks director, Tom. Happily, Tom was very enthused and encouraging. After he asked what we had in mind we outlined the type of flowers and how we would lay them out in the gardens.
wishing well pathways...
We felt quite a few of the rocks in the rock garden needed to be dug out and placed above the soil again. New rock garden plants would be planted amongst them.

Tom said they would really welcome the help and told us to pick up the volunteer forms at their office. He told us very frankly the Eureka Parks would only be able to provide us with hoses, water and soil. We would need to do the rest on our own. We are "can do" people so we are up to the challenge.

One of the most difficult tasks was to figure how many plants and what type. We measured and drew garden plans detailing the flowers, inches apart to plant and flower height. The least amount we would need for each quarter would be 15 large pony packs (6 to a pack: so 90 plants per quarter). We priced the packs and figured the total flower cost would be approximately 35 dollars per quarter or around $140.
bench at the front end
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We have decided to ask the nurseries and stores in the area for a donation of five large pony packs or two larger plants (approximately $12.00 per store) During these hard economic times we didn't want to stress the budget of the stores with a large donation.... We feel the response will be positive as it is a much loved garden we are trying to restore.

So..... That's where we are .... tomorrow we are going over to the garden to dig and arrange the rocks. We would have done it today but one of our goats kidded triplets. One of them was weak and it took us most of the afternoon to get it stablized.... (three more are pregnant... cross your fingers)

missandrea81 says:
Congrats on the feature! You've done a great job with the blog and park. :)
Posted on: Jun 06, 2013
ilserita says:
Congrats on your feature! :)
Posted on: Jun 06, 2013
bigmac993 says:
Congrats on your feature.
Posted on: Jun 06, 2013
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Wishing well: path dirty and rocks…
Wishing well: path dirty and rock…
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wishing well
wishing well pathways...
wishing well pathways...
bench at the front end
bench at the front end
Empty flower bed
Empty flower bed
Wishing well from the street
Wishing well from the street
Wishing well and gazebo
Wishing well and gazebo
dahlia bed
dahlia bed
Dahlia bed
Dahlia bed
wishing well with gazebo in backgr…
wishing well with gazebo in backg…
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