Tryon Depot Garden displays amazing fall colors

Published 10:59 am Monday, November 14, 2022

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Tryon Depot Garden, usually a pocket of restful green space, is now a blaze of color in downtown Tryon. Located at the corner of Pacolet Street and Depot Street, there are several entrances to the area and parking in the rear of the Depot building. It is open to the public and is maintained by the Tryon Garden Club.


This season Tryon Garden Club’s focus has been on maintenance. With a grant from the Special Projects Fund of the Kirby Endowment Fund administered by the Polk County Community Foundation, an annual overhaul of the irrigation system has been done and lighting has been improved. There is now a sensor so the lights turn on and off automatically in response to the amount of daylight. This funding is greatly appreciated. 

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We also need to thank the Tryon Garden Club’s Civic Beautification Committee, chaired by Jane Herman and her dedicated worker/helpers, for their time and hard work spent tending the garden for our community and visitors to enjoy. 


Upgrades to plantings and major pruning of the trees and shrubs have also been completed. The primary garden focus is woodland plants, which can thrive under the high canopy of the three oak trees. Several new plant selections have been added. Also, with a previous grant from PCCF, all the plants are labeled so visitors to the garden can identify all the plants. 


In the sunny upper area near the corner of Pacolet Street, there is a pollinator garden of local perennials, shrubs, and holly trees that attract and provide food for butterflies and other pollinators. From spring through fall, blooming plants provide a great display of color as well as attract butterflies, moths and insects. 


The next time you visit downtown Tryon, take time to walk through the Depot Garden and enjoy the lovely, peaceful garden and understand what many community hands and supporters have accomplished working together.


Submitted by Lucy Brannon