Weatherford Public Library: A Parker County Master Gardener demonstration garden project

Posted Monday, Apr. 22, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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What better way to showcase plants the public may never have used before than to plant them in areas the public visits frequently. The Literary Beds at the Weatherford Public Library qualify as just such a demonstration garden site.

You can find roses from an EarthKind Knock Out Red Rose, a long blooming White Iceburg Rose, a Julia Child Yellow Rose, a Red carpet rose, new drift roses and many others. We will have great displays of Bluebonnets, heirloom daylilies, Crinum Lilies, profusion zinnias and Dutch Iris at different times of the year. Summer will showcase the Moy Grande Hibiscus that will have dinner plate size red blooms. Fall asters will be a carpet of daisy like blue blooms about September. The lemongrass and rosemary in the herb bed smell so good.

Most of the plant material is perennial and we have tried to maintain something of interest all throughout the year.

In addition to introducing native and adapted plants to the public, the relationship to the Library with references to plants and information about them are included on the identifying labels for the plants. The Master Gardeners who choose the plants researched books from the library to find literary references. The ten beds have been given names suggesting different areas of the library, Shakespeare Bed, Quilt Bed, Herb Bed, Texas Bed, Fiction Bed, Mysteries Bed, Biography Bed, Children’s Bed, Memorial Bed and Heirloom Bed.

•  In the Quilt Bed, you will find Gulf Muhly, Muhlenbergia capillaries, Decorating with Texas Naturals by Quinton Stietz 747.98

•  In the Biographies Bed, Julia Child Yellow Rose, Rosa floribunda, The Way to Cook by Julia Child 641.5 CHI

•  In the Shakespeare Bed, what would be more appropriate than Red Knock Out Rose, Rosa ‘Radrazz’, King Henry VI First Part, (Somerset). “Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me.”

Walk along the garden paths when visiting the library; take time to enjoy some of nature’s beauty.

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