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May 19, 2012

Libarary seeking garden help

MIDDLETOWN, Ind. — The Middletown Public Library is encouraging patrons and  local residents to help out in its extensive gardens.

Due to budget constraints, Dee Pring, Master Gardener, who has designed and created the gardens, is hoping to cut back on her work and to encourage others to keep the gardens weeded and tidy.

The library garden is divided into 14 small gardens, according to Director Teresa Dennis. “So each garden will not take a lot of time or effort to maintain,” she said.

Although the library grounds are not that large, a lot of nature has been packed into the former site of a gas station. The garden includes a children’s garden, heirloom-fragrance garden and baby butterfly nursery to big prairie plants, bird garden, and prairie meadow. It includes a nature path that meanders around the whole garden and the building that is popular with both children and adults.

Two benches are being added to the path so visitors can sit and relax or even have a picnic lunch at the peaceful setting at 780 High St., Middletown.

Pring has spent several years building up the soil on the grounds so that its plants tend to thrive. “If a package of prairie flowers said the plant will grow two feet, it tends to be 4 feet in this place,” said Pring.

The library is hoping individuals, families, or others will sign up to “adopt” to one of the gardens. Pring estimates each session might require 2 to 4 hours of work a month during the growing season. She is also planning  a fall clean-up day when volunteers will spread chopped leaves and mulch to prepare the beds for winter.

“Mostly, the plants will need to be dead-headed and a few weeds will need to be pulled,” said Pring. There is a compost pile for weeds on the library grounds and tools will be available during library hours.

Call the library, 354-4071, or ask at the front desk for the list of gardens available for adoption.

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