we have not been sleeping. Your Montgomery Botanical Gardens Board of Directors has spent the last eight months meeting virtually and working to enhance and expand the Gardens. Unlike the bears and flowers during the winter season, we have used this time to bring about positive change. We thought you might want to know what we have done while we have been apart.
- The Daylily Garden, established by the Montgomery Daylily Society, was expanded during the summer, providing a constant source of color and variety for visitors.
- We renovated and installed the “Wisdom Woods” sign at the entrance to the gardens. The David McClurkin family, inspired by daughter Mary Alma Neeley, donated this addition.
- The Federation of Garden Clubs added roses, angel trumpets, salvia, confederate roses and other plants to the Biblical Gardens.
- Our new greenhouse received a coat of paint to both doors from members of the Capitol City Master Gardeners Association.
- A host of volunteers provided ongoing maintenance for the gardens. Their contributions, in addition to our annual maintenance contract, added pine straw and removed weeds and other debris throughout the summer months. Socially distanced monthly sessions throughout the fall and winter months have been scheduled.
- The Park Development Committee has continued work to gain funding for improving our existing walks to better meet handicap requirements, to add an outdoor stage for outdoor events and to bring electrical capabilities to the site.
- We are installing a handrail at the entrance to the Gardens.
- Continuing education sessions will resume as soon as we feel safe to gather again.
- We are seeking grant and organizational funding and expect to be able to announce some successes soon.
We hope this update will reassure you that Montgomery Botanical Gardens continue to prosper even though we have not been able to come together physically for the past months. Even though we are in hibernation, we have used this time to reflect and to brainstorm ideas to make the Gardens more vital and appealing to our River Region residents and to visitors.
If you are currently a member, we urge you to upgrade your membership to help us continue this important work. If you are not a member, please consider joining Montgomery Botanical Gardens today. Membership information is attached. Become a part of this important River Region project that will impact our community for generations to come.