From the Garden
The Chatham gardens are now resting peacefully for the winter, but the final quarter of the year was full of activity. Pansies were installed in the parterre beds and in the rectangular beds in front of the summer house. About 2000 tulip bulbs were then planted to provide a beautiful show of color in the spring, if Mother Nature is willing. We did employ some animal deterrent techniques in our planting this year trying to minimize the loss of bulbs to squirrels and rabbits looking for a tasty lunch. To close out the year, a fresh layer of mulch was added to the beds. The NPS provided the plant materials and mulch, while the garden volunteers provided the labor under the direction of Friends of Chatham gardener Scott Blake. We will now take a short break, and resume our labors of love in the garden in the spring.
Gardener Scott Blake will be returning for the entire garden season in 2018. The Friends of Chatham Board is very pleased that Scott has agreed to return to the garden for another year and that his contract for 2018 is signed and in place. During the “off season,” we will be working with Sally Harman from the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club and the Park Service on plans for a possible demonstration garden. Once March arrives we will be back in the garden for another season and looking for volunteers to join the Wednesday morning crew.