7/11/2014 11:27:00 AM Native prairie garden reflects CF harvest mural era
by Sue Sullivan
A prairie garden has been planted in front of the harvest mural in the City parking lot with plantings designed and provided by Nancy Schumacher of The Vagary, located between Hampton and Randolph. Nancy leans toward native plants, so the recently completed plantings will reflect the era depicted in the mural.
Included are wild iris, alum root, butterfly weed, prairie smoke, blue eyed grass, purple coneflower, rattlesnake master and many, many more.
Master gardener Dave Valesquez was the technical advisor on the project, getting the soil tested, and members of the Cloverdale 4-H club provided much of the work needed to establish the garden. They removed the mulch for tilling. Then they helped put in the plants numbering in the 600s. Shoveling the mulch back and adding more, the garden was begun on June 9.
A project of the Cannon Falls Museum and Historical Society, major financial support for the project was donated by the Cannon Falls VFW.
The Cloverdale 4-H'ers have committed to watering, weeding and maintaining the new garden for the next two years.
"The kids just jump right in," was a comment expressed as the 4-H club members energetically shoveled and planted and watered.
Last year's Historical Society ice cream social was such a hit, that they have decided to have another in August. Master Gardeners will be available for questions, the Cloverdale 4-H club will giver tours of the garden, and Historical Society and Museum director Zach Wareham will interpret the murals, giving the genesis of the international blue-ribbon-winning Cannon Falls flour mills.