Did you know that the Master Gardener Program started in Washington State?
I did not know until I did some research for this post...I must say I'm very proud that such a wonderful program came from my home state! It started in 1972 and now has grown to include programs in most states and also internationally.
Tucked in the back corner of our county fairgrounds is a scrumptious little garden. It is the demonstration garden for the local Washington State University Master Gardener Program...it is fabulous!
Each garden area is labeled. Every plant within each garden is labeled with its common name, Latin name, and cultural requirements and growing habit.
They have done some lovely apple espaliers...
Belgium fence...a wonderful diagonally crossed espaliered pattern.
I found this to be a rather whimsical way of training a tree!
They were nice enough to hang a photo of their inspiration for this design! Notice how they are protecting their fruit?
The grape arbor is a perfect spot for a cup of tea...or as Sweet Girl said "this would make a perfect hide-out!"
Ohhh I love clematis!
Especially when it is grown up a support wire for a telephone pole...yes lemons into lemonade!
In the shady back corner of the garden beauty gives way to pure practicality. Compost bins are compared and contrasted.
Beside the compost bins is a little lath house...any guesses as to what might be in it?
It is the vermicomposting area...
Yep worm bins! The lath is to keep the little guys cool and comfortable.
I want to personally thank the Master Gardeners for the hard work and dedication to helping foster the love of gardening in our community and all the communities they serve around the world.
(note: I myself have been a WSU Master Gardener, I am no longer active due to the fact I keep having babies...but I hope to be active again someday in this wonderful and worthwhile program!)