Yulee government complex adds a demonstration garden

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Nassau Neighbors staff writer

YULEE -- Nassau County gardeners looking for ideas on how to make their garden grow can now head to the Nassau County Governmental Complex.

Volunteers have transformed a 60-foot by 70-foot plot at the complex into the Nassau County Extension Service Demonstration Garden.

The site features a variety of plants -- trees, shrubs, ground covers, grasses, perennials and hardy sub-tropicals -- that fare well in northeast Florida.

It also showcases "best management practices" advocated by the University of Florida for this region, such as micro-irrigation, the "right plants in the right place," mulching, recycling, attracting wildlife and pest management, volunteers said.

Residents also can find out more about what they see at the garden by visiting the Nassau County Extension Service Web site, Master Gardener Bea Walker said. The site has detailed information about all the plants in the garden, including photos, names and information about planting and maintaining them.

"It's really an educational tool," Walker said.

Anne Mankovich, the master gardener who designed the demonstration garden, said the garden gives ideas not only about gardening using less water, but also creative pairings of plants as well as some recommendations for underused plants -- like deciduous shrubs -- that thrive here.

"It's low water and low maintenance," she said.

Walker said 20 to 25 volunteers, including master gardeners, 4-H members and others, spent about 500 hours on the project.

Master gardeners are specially trained extension service volunteers available to help residents with their gardening, horticultural and landscaping questions.

Garden dedication

The Nassau County Extension Service Demonstration Garden at the Nassau County Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place Road in Yulee, will be dedicated at 9 a.m. Wednesday.Refreshments and reception will follow.

The garden is self-touring, but Master Gardener-guided group or school tours can be scheduled by calling 321-5715.

amelia.hart@jacksonville.com, (904) 261-7606 extension 107.



Volunteers (standing from left) Paul Gosnell, John Holmberg, Bertie Tanner, Doug Jordi, Marshall Tanner and Van Dyke Walker. Dottie Kelley (front from left), Bea Walker and Rebecca Altman, have created a demonstration garden at the Nassau County Governmental Complex in Yulee.