Discover a bit of peace and quiet at the HCMGA Serenity Garden, located just outside of the kitchen on the southwest side of the main exhibition center. (Look for the silo at the back of the building!) There you will find a welcoming bench and lovely crabapple trees that provide much appreciated shade, especially during summer events.
This is a small garden that serves a big purpose: To provide a respite when you need a moment to yourself in the shade.
What Grows Here?
The Serenity Garden consists of mostly dry shade where various hostas thrive. Knockout roses, once full of gorgeous red blooms, are now overshadowed by the two crabapples and will be replaced with small, shade-loving shrubs. A few hot, sunny spots feature artemisia, ninebark, Shasta daisies, and a large container of annuals.
What Volunteers Do
Volunteers maintain the beds by watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilizing as scheduled. The team will also replace plants as needed.
How the Garden Began
In 2007, the HCMGA approved a request from the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers to install a memorial garden with funds donated by the family of Pauline Beck, a deceased member of the Homemakers organization.
HCMGA members made preliminary sketches for the garden and applied for approval from the fairgrounds board. HCMGA members Norma Minion and Sharon Overholt (both also Homemakers) volunteered to become committee co chairs for 2007.
A final planning meeting took place with Homemaker officers Barbara Lawson and Frances King, HCMGA officers Brenda White and Suzanne Stevens, ANR Bill Rice, and fairgrounds superintendant Tony Charlton. The new plan was for a serene garden sited outside of the extension’s kitchen and dining room.
Features included a memorial bench, shade trees, and 15 rose bushes representing the 15 home extension clubs.
During a few of the hottest, driest weeks ever, Sharon, Norma and Mel Minion, and Suzanne (who picked up and delivered planting materials), completed the garden in early June 2007. The HCMGA Serenity Garden was formally dedicated in July 2007 at the County Fair.