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We had gorgeous weather for our hastily-called Cooper Park PED Monday and were busy. Janelle Stookey, John Straight, Jane Druff and Joan Burr cut back and spruced up and filled some low spots and leveled the keria (because it was high-maintenance and looking sickly and had an old elm tree between its stalks). As follow-up, Janelle will go back to seed grass for the two areas now downsized and Joanne Ragsdale plans to go back to top off mulch as needed. All in all, it looks good.
It’s hard to get up the courage to take out planting areas, but in both cases we all agreed that the cabins are now more visible and less is truly better! Here’s a photo of the spot where the keria and elm are gone.
We think that’s it for 2017, but if anyone walking the path notices more needs, please call or text or email Jane or Joan. Thanks to all our 2017 team!!
Jane Druff and Joan Burr
Very late notice, but come if u can. We have four planning to come. Hope to accomplish final winterizing. 9 am. Monday Nov 13.
Monday’s PED was a success. Joanne Ragsdale, John Straight, Priscilla Jamnicky and Joan Burr winterized the Jones cabin gardens and downsized one of the gardens. The area under the rough-leaf dogwood tree is ready to be claimed by Bermuda grass and will be a wide enough swath for the mowers to do a better job of mowing as well. Many plants were transplanted to other spots (black-eyed Susan’s, ajuga, and iris) and others were potted up. Mission accomplished! And a very productive day. Thanks to the crew! It was a big undertaking.
Joan Burr and Jane Druff, co-chairs
Monday October 23 is the next PED for the gardens at Cooper Park. We have some plants to shear back and some weeding and more mulching, and we hope to begin downsizing one of the gardens at Jones cabin (which means some transplanting and some potting up of plants as well as some pruning and raking and moving timbers). Joan Burr will be in the lead from 8 to 9:30 and John Straight from 9:30 to 11:00. So pick the start and stop times that work for you and help us get as much done as we can. Maybe this can be the last PED for 2017!
Joan Burr and Jane Druff, co-chairs
The Cooper park team had a planning meeting Oct 4th, attended by Jane Druff, Joan Burr, Penny Wells, Joanne Ragsdale and John Straight. We discussed leadership for 2018 and found no one willing to take it on. We also discussed the diminished participation in 2017, and decided we would have to reduce the scope of the gardens. At that time we decided to remove one front bed from Jones cabin and to request permission from the BCMG board to give up the gardens at Shotgun cabin or even consider ending the project.
On October 6th, Joan and Jane weeded, pruned, and added mulch to prepare for History day the next day.
For History day October 7th, Jane Druff, Joan Burr, Joanne Ragsdale, Penny Wells, Carol Rossell-Lesher and Audrey Holt manned a table in the cabin area from 9 am to 2 pm and offered BCMG literature, applications and materials for the new class, and seed packets -- and answered questions from visitors. It was a windy, sunny day. The best part of the day was getting to go into Jones cabin, the schoolhouse, and the Middle cabin. This was extra satisfying to our team members because it was the BCMG Cooper park team that had submitted photos, written letters, made phone calls, attended a Park Commission meeting, and contacted the Historical Society over a 6-month period urging that the cabins be repaired because there was a great deal of deterioration and structural integrity was beginning to be compromised. The Shotgun cabin is still not safe enough to be opened, but the other two did make the grade for History day.
The PED Oct 9th had 6 participants and was quite productive. Joanne Ragsdale, Priscilla Jamnicky, Janelle Stookey, Anne Carriere, Jane Druff and John Straight weeded, prepared for winter, and added mulch.
We have two new team members and are making some progress after all in getting leadership for 2018. We have one co-chair, two consultants, two substitute PED leaders, and a historian. (We still need another co-chair and someone to be in charge of watering). Consensus now seems to be to take out some gardens at each cabin and try to maintain both cabins.
So, Monday October 23 PED is on. It might just be the last one of the year. More mulch, maybe more plant labels, and quite possibly diminishing-the-scope day. The time will probably be staggered -- some beginning at 8 and some at 9 or 9:30 and most likely some still there at 11 or 11:30. So, come join us. We seem to be on a roll again!
Joan Burr and Jane Druff
Today, Saturday, October 7, from 9 am until 2 pm two of the cabins at Cooper Park will be open. The Cooper Park MGs also have a table set up to answer questions about the MG Program and plants at the project. These cabins are not often open, so this is a good opportunity to see how pioneers lived in the early days of this area.
The next PED for Cooper Park is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9 unless rain causes cancellation. Time is 9 to 11, or come earlier and weed.
History Day Prep
Joan Burr and Jane Druff will do some trimming and weed-eating this Friday morning in advance of History day. Of course, others may help, but this is not a PED.
Joan Burr, Penny Wells, Joanne Ragsdale, Audrey Holt, and Jane Druff agreed to working shifts Saturday for History day.
We have been invited to have a "booth" at History day from 9 to 2 on Saturday October 7 at the cabins in Cooper park. We will have information about the gardens and the plants at the BCMG project there, but we are welcome to spread the word about the Master Gardener program itself. So we will have literature and applications on hand. Good timing for last-minute sign-ups for new member training, which begins just 11 days later!
Please contact Joan Burr (901-413-1899 mobile, or 870-424-4213 home, or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can sign up to be there for an hour or two. Any and all of us -- not just the Cooper park diggers. Other projects can bring info too to share. At this point, I haven't requested all that big a display area, but if I hear from lots of you who want more display area, surely I can amend the request.
Apparently there's no rain date. But, if weather is awful, we will scale back and wear rain gear.
Some food is planned (beans, cornbread, funnel cakes, lemonade) but I recommend bringing water and a bit of lunch. If the event is cancelled, I will certainly spread the word. I've never been to this event before, but I hope it is a big success.
Monday September 25th PED had a good turnout. Janelle Stookey, Joanne Ragsdale, Jane Druff. Anne Carriere, John Straight, and Joan Burr were busy bees -- weeding, weed eating, deadheading, adding plant labels, and sprucing up. It was good to have so many back from travels and travails. The Maximillian sunflowers were in full display for us.
Two special dates are coming up. Wednesday October 4 is our planning session at 10 am in Cooper park meeting room. And Saturday October 7 is History day at the park from 9 to 2.
The regular October PEDs are scheduled for Monday October 9 and 23. We will announce plans as these dates approach.
Thanks to all. Joan Burr and Jane Druff, co-chair
The next regularly scheduled PED for the gardens at the cabins in Cooper Park is Monday September 25 at 9 am.
An organizational/planning meeting for the Cooper park project is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday October 4 in the meeting room behind the white restroom building by the parking lot near the Youth Center and tennis courts at Cooper Park. All interested BCMG members are invited to help us evaluate and plan for the future. Just as many hands make for light work, many minds make for good ideas and plans. If you can't make this meeting, but want to contribute your ideas, thoughts, or interest, please contact either Jane Druff (501-920-8611 or Jane.email@example.com) or Joan Burr (901-413-1899 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The next regularly scheduled PED for the gardens at the cabins in Cooper Park is Monday, September 25 at 9 am.
An organizational/planning meeting for the Cooper Park project is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday, October 4 in the meeting room behind the white restroom building by the parking lot near the Youth Center and tennis courts at Cooper Park. All interested BCMG members are invited to help us evaluate and plan for the future. Just as many hands make for light work, many minds make for good ideas and plans. If you can't make this meeting, but want to contribute your ideas, thoughts, or interest, please contact either:
Joan Burr and Jane Druff, Co-Chairs
Cooper Park PED August 28
Monday was a rather dreary day but great for working in the gardens. However, we had only Jane Druff to work. Others are vacationing and recuperating. The beds look really good, thanks to the efforts of the team all summer.
We are always interested in the way our plants move around. We think they are gone, and they come up in another place. And then there are plants that appear that no one planted. A constant surprise! We have Snow on the Prairie new in several places.
Workdays in September are the 11th and 25th. We will be tidying up and preparing for the October Heritage Day, if there will be one.
Joan Burr and Jane Druff, Co-Chairs
Regularly scheduled PED Monday at Cooper Park. The forecast is for a high in the 70's and possibly cloudy with 15% chance of rain in afternoon.
PED will be tandem Monday.
7:30 to 9:30 with Joan there (weeding and pruning and deadheading and weedwacking and/or watering if needed) and 9:00 to 11:00 w Jane there (more of same if needed plus more plant labeling) and maybe mapping. So choose your time!!!
Some Bermuda and pokeweed and bindweed to deal with at Shotgun. But good news: the snow-on-the-prairie popped up and is blooming like crazy -- and has 4 scattered babies (some bigger than mama) -- we had feared it had not survived the winter.
Joan Burr and Jane Druff, Co-Chairs
Anne Carriere and Joan Burr worked at the Shotgun cabin and had it looking much better before giving in to the heat and heading for air conditioning. We purposefully started there this time because Jones cabin had had first dibs the last 3 PED's and the Shotgun gardens were in need of attention.
Here's hoping we get some rain. And have less heat and more workers in August. PEDs are scheduled to be 14th and 28th. We will continue the early 7:30 start and next time quit by 9:30 -- especially if it's hot!
Thanks to Anne Carriere for watering help in between PED'S. if anyone can help with that, it looks like the time has come! In fact, thanks to Anne for always providing refreshing, yummy refreshments. This time of year icy is most welcome!
The cooper park regularly scheduled PED is Monday July 24th. Right now the forecast is for morning temperatures in the 70s and cloudy skies and 10% chance of light rain. Sounds good. We had said 7:30 to 9:30, and I will be there at 7:30. But if you want to straggle in, that's okay with me. Plant labeling, weeding, deadheading and trimming. This time we start at shotgun. Hope you can come!
Joan Burr, co-chair
7:30 to 9:30 beats the heat, and Joanne Ragsdale, Carol Rossell-Lesher, and I agreed on the same game plan for the next PED July 24th. Today we started at Jones and then moved to Shotgun, but next time we need to reverse the order! Two hours, and we quit whether we finish or not! If anyone wants a later schedule, we can tag-team it.
The hollyhocks and butterfly weed are done, but the tall phlox, red salvias, Shasta daisies, marsh mallow (behind shotgun), and passionflower vine (now on both trellises at Jones) are thriving. The tansy and the dill are about to bloom. And the medicine wheel is filling in nicely. Some photos below.
We mostly weeded, deadheaded, and weed-ate. Also planted butterfly weed that Jane has been nursing along in a pot (adding to that already in the NW pollinator quadrant of the medicine wheel). Joanne can give us a start of French hollyhocks, which she says are shorter and less subject to rust. But we did save seeds from his year's hollyhocks. Another option is moving some of the marsh mallow to the front beds.
We never got to the plant labels, but if someone wants to meet me early one extra morning, we could do that (let me know if interested).
Problems noted: the kerria is looking sickly! And the bindweed is most persistent! Joanne wondered if inoculating bindweed with vinegar or vinegar/salt into the stem might work. Advice is welcome!!
Marsh Mallow Shasta Daisies Passionflower Fruits
Team news: Carol reports that the memorial service for her husband Bob will be Friday August 4th at 11:00 am. And the memorial service for Jim Barlow is this Saturday afternoon July 15th at 2 at Kirby. A lot of loss to recover from; but at least, digging in the dirt and nurturing garden beauty help to heal the soul -- especially when shared with others. Thank you all --
Joan Burr, for the cabins team
Our regularly scheduled PED is this Monday. I plan to work 7:30 to 9:30 am for 2 reasons -- to get ahead of the heat of the day and because I have a commitment at 9:40.
Tasks are weeding, deadheading, perhaps staking up flopping plants, weedeating, and completing more plant labeling.
If you aren't a morning person (I'm not either!), I get it. But as long as someone arrives before 9:30, I can show him/her what else needs doing. And if that fails, you can text my cellphone or call 425-5010, ext 232 after I leave.
Next PEDs are July 24 and August 14.But we could probably move those dates around if requested!
Joan Burr, co-chair
The J-team was there: John Straight, Jan Halligan, Joanne Ragsdale, Jane Druff, and Joan Burr -- and we were busy. We accomplished most of our goals for the day.
Here's the monarda with a bumblebee on it. The tall garden phlox are blooming too.
It was pleasantly cool when we began, but quite hot when we quit. So I think the July start time's will have to be earlier. July dates are scheduled for the 10th and 24th, but they can be changed if other dates are better for anyone. (Let me know). There is no J requirement!! In fact, Jane and John will both be out for the month.
Thanks to all who could come! I still think we have a remarkable team.
The regularly scheduled PED will be Monday morning at 8:45.
We will be cleaning up front beds at the shotgun cabin, replacing plant labels made with the new labelmaker (permanent this time), removing the diseased rose at the trellis at the jones cabin, collecting hollyhock seeds, and adding cardboard and mulch. I will bring wheelbarrow, two shovels, and weed eater. Please bring gloves, clippers, digging tools, and water. Start time 8:45, I am guessing. My weather app predicts some cloud cover and morning temperatures in the 70's.
Some of our regular team have told me they can't come this time, but Jane and I will be there for sure. Please come if you can.
Joan Burr (and Jane Druff)
And a close-up of the taller hollyhock blooms.
And, of course, our specimen butterfly weed is glorious right now. And the medicine wheel is getting better and better. So come take a walk in Cooper Park and see what's growing.
Our next PED is scheduled for Monday, June 26th. We will use Jane's new label maker to re-do our plant markers and we hope to devise a better way to provide calling cards for people to take to guide them to the website. Our Cooper Park database of plants on the website is growing bit by bit. And of course there will be more weeds.
If someone wants to work a different Monday than the 2nd and 4th Mondays, Jan Halligan comes almost every Monday. SO give her a call and coordinate!
My personal highlight of this past Monday's PED was the huge smile on the little girl who stopped with her mom to ask about the hollyhocks. When I handed her a shoot from the tall hollyhock that I had had to prune off, she left dancing along like a little princess.
Joan Burr for the Cooper Park Team
The regularly scheduled PED for the gardens at the Cooper Park cabins will be Monday June 12th from 9 to 11. The weather forecast looks good.
We will weed, deadhead, weed-whack, and add mulch. So diggers, nippers, sunhats, Insect repellent, and a few shovels and rakes will be helpful. The Education topic will probably be herbs -- with salvias a close runner-up.
Unfortunately our plant labeling method failed, and so a new system is planned. We can probably get that in place at the next PED on Monday June 26th.
Hope you can come.
Joan Burr and Jane Druff
Project enhancement week! Getting ready for Saturday's Hospice/historical society benefit.
The rough-leaf dogwood even burst into bloom for the occasion. The website also has more plants included now, and calling cards are in place at the cabins with a link to the website. Many more plant labels are up too. Friday's workers: Joan Burr, John Straight, and Jane Druff. The city repaired the wood on the Jones cabin porch, and the park maintenance folks did a fabulous job of mowing.
Next PED is 3 1/2 weeks away on Monday June 12. Nippers and diggers and weed eater will definitely be needed then. BUT NOT RIGHT NOW!! 🎉🎈😊. Yay for the Cooper Park team.
Joan Burr and Jane Druff, co-chairs
We have been busy bees. Monday and Tuesday were unofficial PED's and this Friday will be as well. Monday May 22's official PED is CANCELLED. We deserve time off!
As we best understand Saturday's event at Cooper Park from 11 to 3 Saturday May 20, there will be a memory walk for Hospice House and there is supposed to be a historical tour including the cabins conducted by the Historical Society as well. We do not need to be present, but I plan to go because I want to see the inside of the cabins and the school! And if the weather cooperates, it would be nice if some of us drop in for a while to answer questions about the gardens and plants.
Jane Druff, John Straight, Joanne Ragsdale, and I (Joan) have worked so far this week -- more timbers replaced, lots of deadheading and weeding and trimming, more planting, plant labels made (some are in place -- more by Friday), calling cards made (to be installed with a holder of some sort by Friday), and more plants added to our spreadsheet.
Our kerria, peonies, spireas, and irises are mostly through blooming, but the magnificent butterfly weed already has a tiny bit of orange showing in the buds and the yucca is sending up some robust bud stalks and the hollyhock had 1 blossom Monday, but 6 or 8 on Tuesday. Gardening is always in a state of flux.
Joan Burr (901-413-1899 mobile) and Jane Druff, co-chairs
Looks like the days people prefer are Monday and Friday. Jane and I prefer mornings and John prefers afternoons. So I think people could come any old time those two days and find others working. John will bring mower Friday and I will bring weedeater and batteries both days. We want to get plant id markers up and Jane has made the cards to help visitors link to the website to learn about the plants. And, if the cabin gardens are like my own garden, new weeds pop up every day. Hope some of you can make it.
Remember we are cancelling the May 22 PED.
Monday May 8th PED had glorious weather and was quite productive as well. Jan Halligan, John Straight, Carol Rossell-Lesher, Jane Druff and I were busy bees. Our accomplishments included pebble pathways made and new herbs planted in medicine wheel, weeding and deadheading at both cabins, planning, and mowing where the big mowers never go. May 20 is still when the hospice house tour is expected to feature the cabins -- so we will cancel the May 22 PED and instead work some during the week of May 15 through 19. Members of the Cooper Park team will hopefully text or email me as to their preferences of time and date that week if they can manage to help us be ready. And then Jane and I will come up with a game plan.
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