The Volunteers of the Heritage Gardens held its 2016 organizational meeting April 27. The Heritage Gardens, which represent all the counties of Ohio, are located at the Governor’s Residence, 358 N. Parkview Ave. in Bexley.
Volunteers come from all over state of Ohio to do plantings, weeding, pruning, etc., to keep the gardens looking their best. Jane Adkins and Jeanette Gerhart, Master Gardener Volunteers from Pickaway County, are part of this group.
Up to 10,000 visitors per year tour the Heritage Gardens and Governor’s Mansion.
Various speakers during the orientation included Hope Taft, Carolyn Jones, Barbara Louck and Mary Lewis.
The guest speaker was Jim McCormac, ODNR, whose topic was “An Urban Prairie – Plant It and They Will Come.” He is a great photographer, birder and author. His presentation centered on the importance of native plants, and the relationship of plants to pollinators. He included beautiful pictures of flowers and wildlife from the small prairie area he created near his ODNR office, plus a listing of many native-Ohio prairie flowers that are planted there.
Contact Mary E. Lewis at [email protected] regarding volunteer opportunities at the Heritage Gardens.
To schedule a tour, visit www.friendsohio.org or call 614-644-7644, ext. 1.
The Governor’s Residence offers many opportunities to discover more about Ohio history, arts, architecture, industry and government, as well as Ohio’s natural spaces, ecosystems and landscapes.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal