At the Soos Creek Botanical Garden in Auburn, my scouting friends and I built four raised garden beds to protect their prized Dahlias. A gardening expert once said of Dahlias, “Never have so many enjoyed so much with so little time and work.” And he was right. There’s probably no plant in the flower kingdom that gives the gardener more spectacular reward than the dahlia. These dahlia beds will provide the community with contained beauty to admire. With overwhelming evidence from different University studies showing how gardening greatly reduces stress, hopefully these beds inspire others to garden at home.
My project was more involved than I even originally thought. I lead a group of individuals to build solid, raised garden beds for an area of the Garden that was under developed and lacked character. Besides allowing for better water drainage and viewing of their prized Dahlia, the beds provide a better structure to the parking lot, thus creating a safer area for the Dahlias. Mr Daly had expressed his concerns with past parking where people had parked near or on the Dahlias. There is just something about the structure of the beds. They add value to the Garden and enhance the beauty and inspiration for others to do the same in their gardens.
Mr Daly was very impressed with project and its organization. Thank you again to Mr Daly and the garden for letting me do my service project at Soos Creek Botanical Gardens, for all the support I received with help both on Friday night to build the beds and on Saturday installing them and to family members and Mr John Morris of TRM in Maple Valley for donating to my project.