Linkwood Rd Bridge Garden 2017
Originally the entrance to Wyman Park was a barren, weedy area that mostly acted as a ramp for skateboarders and bikes. TCNA in conjunction with Jonna Lazarus designed and installed a new garden with large boulders and native plants to enhance the entrance.
June 2022 Linkwood Rd Bridge
Tuscany Oval Garden
Garden Renovation Tuscany-Ridgemede Island 2013
by Sharyn Frederick, TCNA Member
Every time I walk or drive past the triangular traf-
fic island planting bed at the intersection of Tuscany and Ridgemede Roads, I swell with pride. Many great neighbors pitched in to make its renovation a shining example of civic pride. Do you remember what it used to look like?
The problem: Neighbors immediate to and just passing through this location were tired of looking at the island infested with weed grass and English Ivy. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a welcoming flowerbed instead of a weedy mess?
The plan: The TCNA Garden Committee started by hiring me, a professional landscape designer, to plan what this approximately 600-square-foot garden could be. I studied the soil and light conditions, the extent of the weed problem, and which good plants in the bed could be salvaged
for a low-maintenance, colorful garden. My biggest thrill was finding about ten nice-size boulders hidden inside the weeds. The next step was to go shopping, with the budget in mind, for appropriate perennials and shrubs.
My hero was Eugene O’Dunne, who drove through several counties with me while I selected plants from three different nurseries. He also provided total demolition, trash collection, and disposal. He brought garbage cans and tarps and, to my delight, a pry bar with which we moved the boulders to a more visible spot in the front of the plant-
ing bed. After delivering all the plants, he purchased the enriched topsoil and the shredded hardwood, ennabling us to finish the job on time.
Next, the Garden Committee put out an all-points email bulletin requesting specific perennial donations. Thanks
to the following folks who donated great plants: Jean Van Buskirk—bleeding heart; Sue Talbott—daisies; Sally Robinson—large hellebores, gorgeous Epimedium, and bugle- weed; John Rabb—two containers of good compost; Jane Pilliod—Saint-John’s-wort; and Sharyn Frederick—Ger- man Iris bunches, Poet’s Laurel, and perennial coralbells.
The solution: At 8 o’clock on Saturday, October 13, Kenna Forsyth, Eugene O’Dunne, Jo-Ann Orlinsky, AJ O’Brien, and Jane Pilliod pitched in with time, tools, and muscle power. AJ brought orange cones, gloves, and other helpful tools. I brought recycling cans, first aid kit, tools, and lots of plants. Everybody maintained a determined spirit to get it done in one day. Without the hired help of Alex Proc- tor and Daniel O’Brien, we never would have met this deadline. Alex and Daniel are no strangers to the physical demands and creative decision-making necessary to carve out an inspired garden. Plus, they were a joy to spend the day with.
The final step was proper watering. A special subcommittee of waterers formed to immediately address this need. John Held provided a hose extension with a 50-foot hose and hose holder in the corner of his front yard close to the planting bed. Were this water access and watering committee not available, all our hard work could be destroyed by August.
If you would like to be a part of the watering committee to help this garden get properly established, please contact Kenna Forsyth at email@example.com or 410-467-4891 to volunteer. Weeding volunteers are also welcome.