Disclaimer: This garden adventure to Savannah was provided by Troy-Bilt at no cost to me, however, my thoughts and opinions are my own.
After our first full day in Savannah, we woke to a beautiful morning and got ready for a day working at the Savannah Botanical Gardens.
The folks at Troy-Bilt organized this service project, along with the organization, Planet In Action, whose purpose was to donate materials and labor for the Children’s Garden section. As part of a group of garden bloggers, who are Troy-Bilt ambassadors, I was eager to take part in this event.
The garden suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew last year, and we were asked to create additional feature areas for the children’s section.
Existing garden features included a fun twist on a ‘bed of flowers.’
A ‘pizza garden’ filled with plants that are frequently found on top of a pizza.
A fun spot to pose for a picture with friends.
Instructions were given, and we paired off to work on one of four projects. They included creating a dedicated seating area for the kids (complete with new benches), planting an orchard, adding a berry patch, and a new path between the main gardens and the children’s section.
We had worked on the design for the new spaces ahead of time, so were able to get right to work, once we arrived.
I worked on the berry patch planting blueberries and thornless blackberries. Using an auger made it easy to dig holes – I wonder if I can ask for one for Christmas?
The orchard was planted with lemon, orange, and fig trees.
New planting beds were added around the corners of the concrete pad.
Benches were installed once planting was finished.
A pathway was created, leading to the main gardens and the children’s with daylilies and ornamental grasses.
A film crew recorded the transformation of the garden and the story behind it.
We took a quick pause to take a photo of our original Troy-Bilt group with Amy Andrychowicz of Get Busy Gardening, Helen Yoest of Gardening With Confidence, Dave Townsend, of Growing the Home Garden, and myself. This is the third time that we have gathered together working with Troy-Bilt.
Once the projects were finished, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new areas, and Troy-Bilt gifted the gardens with a check to assist with their upkeep.
The Savannah Botanical Gardens is a hidden gem that offers free admission to all and it was a pleasure to work with the folks who volunteer their time and talents to keep it running.
We joined with new garden blogger friends to create these new areas, including Teresa O’Connor of Seasonal Wisdom, Rochelle Greayer of Pith & Vigor, Kenny Point of Veggie Gardening Tips, Eric Rochow of Garden Fork TV, Erin Schanen of The Impatient Gardener, and Kim Wilson of Sand & Sisal.
If you ever find yourself in Savannah, I encourage you to visit this special garden.