Children’s Garden and Orchard

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Children’s Garden and Orchard

The Children’s Garden was established in 1999.  The first feature was a cedar posts and willow tunnel. Additional raised beds were added with a picket fence to protect the area where children could tend seedlings, play, and enjoy more whimsical plantings. Fruiting trees were incorporated in 2014, which allowed for the orchard designation. A one room schoolhouse was added in 2016 as an Eagle Scout project. The landscape around the school house was installed as a Service Day project with the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association (2016). In 2017, another Eagle Scout built the pollinator hotels that line the fence, and the library box that rests in the center of the garden. A new tunnel was built to replace the old one by an Eagle Scout in 2020. Parents can sit and watch their children play from the beautiful sitting area located under majestic white pines.

 

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