We are in the design phase of the new Pollinator Garden, scheduled to be built next spring. We have a sketchy landscape design, which the City Parks Department has approved. We are now putting together the details of what plants where and when. We hope to have that ready to share by January 2015.
Many people have asked us about the project this fall, as the organization we have worded with for 3 years turned the building and gardens back to the City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department at the end of September. We were very thankful for the 3 years we had working with the staff and volunteers for the Myrick-Hixon Ecopark Organization. They initially came to us asking for help. Several of us eagerly agreed to help landscape and plant natives around the building and help with the existing Rain Garden and Butterfly Garden, In those three years of learning about native plants, native wildlife, and gardening like Mother Nature had been doing for a very long time, we somehow brought most plants through severe drought, extreme winter and this past year, lots of rain. We feel we were the lucky Master Gardener Volunteers! Our plants survived and thrived - many had to be thinned, cut back and/or moved. We learned quite a lot.
We are now beginning a new working relationship with WisCorps, the organization that has taken over the responsibility for the educational programming and the gardens and land around the Myrick Center Building. The main focus of their organization is education, so we are making plans to join them in many of the activities surrounding the gardens. They also have many programs that use physical outdoor work, as an educational tool, for young adults. They are willing to do some of our hard work on the new gardens! They even have more ideas than we had thought of, so we are going forward with an organization that has many of the same values and objectives as we shared with the EcoPark organization, and a built-in group of workers - we call them volunteers. We have a good working relationship with the City of La Crosse too, thanks to our 10 year partnership at the Riverside International Friendship Gardens.
About the Project:
Since 2012, several Bluff Country Master Gardener Volunteers have been designing, planting, replanting and maintaining the native gardens around the Myrick Center Building in Myrick Hixon Park, La Crosse, Wi. The gardens consist of a Rain Garden, future Pollinator Garden and the landscaping around the building. The project was begun in cooperation of the previous EcoPark organization, and now we are working with WisCorps and the City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department.