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Contact the Westfield Heirloom Garden Committee: WestfieldHeirloom@hcmga.org

Westfield Heirloom Garden

Located at 130 Penn Street, Westfield, IN 46074

Purpose

The Westfield Heirloom Garden committee maintains the gardens at the Westfield City Hall located at 130 Penn Street.  The Heirloom Garden was designed and planted by Hamilton County Master Gardeners about ten years ago.  An abundance of heirloom perennial plants; hollyhocks, lilacs, blackberry lily, coneflower, candytuft, yarrow, sedum, hostas, Siberian iris and many more can be found surrounding the building.  Annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, sweetpeas, and zinnias are added each season.

An heirloom plant has an open-pollinated seed that can be saved and grown again.  The plants in the heirloom garden might have been found in gardens from the 1800’s to 1960’s in the Midwest.  Heirloom plants are often passed down from generation to generation.

Workdays are scheduled in the spring and fall and other times, if needed.  A rotating maintenance schedule begins in April and lasts through September.  Two to three members are assigned each week during this period to weed, water, deadhead and keep the garden looking good.

We enter the heirloom garden in the Westfield in Bloom competition each year.  The garden won in the civic in-ground category in 2009 and 2010. Westfield in Bloom is sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and promotes the use of plants, flowers and trees to enhance the landscape through education and community involvement.

This quiet, pretty garden is appreciated by the city hall employees (including the mayor), patrons and local residents.  On Friday evening during the summer the garden is enjoyed by those who attend the Westfield Farmer’s Market located adjacent to city hall.

WestfieldHeirloom@hcmga.org

History of Committee

After much planning and many meetings, planting was started in the Heirloom Garden in the spring of 2002.  Heirloom plants, like those that were growing at the time the original section of the town hall was built were planted in the beds.  It is appropriate that a garden containing heirloom plants surrounds the historic town hall.

Heirloom plants found in the heirloom garden include: hellebores, snowdrop, peony, hollyhocks, hostas, surprise lilies (also known as “naked ladies”), lily of the valley, lilacs, black eyed susan, coneflower, liatris, lavender and thyme and many more.  The garden is enhanced each spring when annuals are planted around the Town Hall sign.

The past three years the Heirloom Garden has participated in Westfield in Bloom, a community competition created by the Westfield Parks & Recreation Department.  In 2009 and 2010 the garden was the winner of best in ground civic garden.