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The Depot Garden did not shut down

Though no special projects at Tryon’s Depot Garden were undertaken during the Covid-19 shutdown, the Tryon Garden Club’s Civic Beautification Committee, headed by Denise Barthold, carried on as usual.

In the spring, native plants, such as Dogtooth Daisy, Twin Leaf, Whorled Coreopsis and Royal Fern were planted in the garden, and Coral Bells were added to large planters. Sedum Lemon Ball, grown by Denise, was planted in front of TGC signs. Other annuals and perennials were also added to the garden.

Almost daily this spring and summer, thunderstorms and high winds resulted in fallen sticks, leaves and other debris which meant the paths had to be cleaned and the pea gravel raked and redistributed.

TGC members and others have been generous, not only with their time working in the garden, but also with donations. Linda Lovelace donated American Columbine, Jackie Burke donated Hardy Geranium and Jack in the Pulpit, John Vining donated Vinca and potting soil and Mari Cartwright donated Yellow Iris. Jackie Burke also brought a lovely mossy rock and tree knot for the native rock garden.

The pergola in the garden is in need of repair and paint. Work will begin on this project when the weather begins to cool. The expense for this repair, as well as the expense of the design and maintenance of the Depot Garden, is underwritten by the Special Projects Fund of the Kirby Endowment Foundation which is administered by the Polk County Community Foundation.

The Tryon Garden Cub is so thankful for the Polk County Community Foundation’s continued support of our Civic Beautification Committee’s endeavors and the Club hopes visitors to Tryon will take time to enjoy this welcome respite in the center of downtown Tryon.

Submitted by Janet Peterson