Garden Lecture - Saturday, Aug. 8.
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Board of Directors & Advisors
(from left) Alison Turner, Jeremy Myers, Angie Ballard, Virgil Ponzoli, Diane DePina, Teresa Czyz, Peggy Bergman, and Lilburn Mayor, Johnny Crist. Mandy McManus (absent)
On April 6th, 2013, Jeremy and his team laid out and secured the garden beds at the site. The following Saturday a group of volunteers and men from MMG started the difficult process of filling all 27 garden beds with a mix of rich, organic composted soil and typical "Georgia" red clay soil. The bed frames were lined to prevent seepage of dirt. And then with wheel barrows and shovels the beds were slowly filled. The effort took about 3 hours to complete.
The "Grand Opening"
Saturday April 20th, 2013
Mayor Johnny Crist offered an invocation and talked about his vision for bringing a garden to Lilburn. Peggy Bergman, President of the LCG Board, offered thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, skills and effort to bring the garden to fruition. Peggy pointed out a few people whose help was essential to the garden. She thanked friends from Columbia Engineering, Duluth, GA, who volunteered their time and talents to design a garden that would meet environmental regulations, city and county codes, but most especially, the needs of the citizens of Lilburn. She offered huge thanks to Jeremy Myers, owner of Metro Maintenance Group, Inc., who donated equipment, time and manpower to help build the garden. MMG voluntarily undertook the tasks of preparing the garden area, getting materials and soil, framing the cedar beds, laying the beds, and on Saturday, April 13, was joined by other volunteers to finally fill the beds. And final thanks went to the City of Lilburn and Lilburn City Council members who offered the piece of property and continued support for the garden.
When the speeches ended, six LCG board members, along with Mayor Johnny Crist and Jeremy Myers officially cut the Ribbon to open the garden.
And the planting began!
The first harvest came in. Members of the garden celebrated with a scarecrow contest. And boy, did their creativity and enthusiasm come through! We're not sure if the scarecrows scared any crows, but they certianly did add a lot of color and whimsy to the garden!
A local Eagle Scout Candidate, Brendon Buckley, built five new garden benches to have a place to sit, take a break, and enjoy the company of their fellow gardners.
Another local Eagle Scout Candidate, Jacob Roberson, toiled in the dirt and created a pollinator garden that beautifies the garden, while also providing a much appreciated benefit.
After a bitter and snowy winter, everyone was ready to go. Once spring hit.....
everyone came to the garden and started to prepare for the upcoming year.
The Lilburn Woman's Club wasted no time in planting an Herb Garden.
Virgil Ponzoli worked with Mr. Edward Sezonov and the City of Lilburn to bring an active beehive to the garden.
Donated blackberry bushes were planted......
Raspberry bushes too! And sponsor plaques were placed on beds.
It was a very hectic and tiring work day! But as always......worth the effort!
Our "Wonderful Suprise" came to fruition when beekeeper, Mr. Edward Sezonov installed a beehive in our garden! We are very proud to have such a unique and beneficial item as part of the Lilburn Community Garden!
The members of the Board of Directors would like to acknowledge this generous donation that was made
"In Loving Memory of Jetha Brooks" by her neice.
We also thank Jeremy and Andrew for their time, equipment and dedication to helping us achieving this goal for our garden.
Gazebo at the Brook's property
At its new home in the
Lilburn Community Garden
And we completed one more project, the installation of a garden kiosk.
We were ready for our very first Lilburn Woman's Club Garden Tour.
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