Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Rainbow Garden

Work on the Van Wert Smiley Park Children's Garden is coming along. This is a busy time in that garden, just like in our own personal gardens, and today I joined my mom and dad there, helping with the planting of the Rainbow Garden. This part of the garden is personal to all of us, since my grandma provided the funds for creating it, in honor of the four generations of our family.

Mom and I had driven to Columbus to pick up plants for the beds in the Rainbow Garden last Friday and with the threat of rain looming over us later today, we planned and planted and mulched. Both Mom and Dad have spent countless hours out here, working themselves to exhaustion, trying to get projects completed. It's amazing the number of things that need doing that many people don't realize. But it's getting there and the entire garden is going to be charming, beautiful, and a joy to behold.

Today, Dad continued work on the sundial. It's astronomically correct with the sun right now and when you stand on the square with the name of the current month and hold your arm up, your arm's shadow will tell you the approximate time. Each year, the earth is in a slightly different place in its orbit, so the accuracy of the sundial will change, but it will still be close.

In addition to the beautifully planted flower beds, the cement in this garden will be painted in rainbow colors. I can't wait to see it in all its "ROY G BIV" glory!

As I walked back to my car to leave, I noticed a "centerpiece" had appeared on the little mushroom table in one of the other gardens:

Proof positive that children are already enjoying this enchanting place. :-)


As we labored in the garden today, I thought about where I was and what I was doing 28 years ago. I was laboring then, too. Happy Birthday, Kara!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Kylee, all the fruits of your labor are gorgeous. I can't wait to see the finished product of the Rainbow garden. It will be a success since it has already been blessed by the children. I just love those sundials where you can be a part of the dial. I am after all just a child in adults clothing.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

This is such a great thing for stimulating children's imaginations.

Unknown said...

Did your Dad design that and build it all the way up until now? WOW! It looks amazing! I'm thinking that everything someone in your family touches comes out beautiful, Kylee.

Meems said...

Kylee: what a wonderful project and heritage. It looks great and I know you have so much going on right now... not sure how you are fitting it all in... but you are.
meems @Hoe&Shovel 2008

Shady Gardener said...

Kylee, I am fascinated and Wow-ed by this project. I hadn't read the post you did last year about the park and the ribbon-cutting, so I just completed reading it now. I've given thought about taking the Master Gardener class... perhaps, now, I will! :-)

Your entire family has been so instrumental in the success of the project... as well as the many, many other volunteers!

Way to Go!!! Wish we were related - I'd love to "claim" you! ;-)

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