Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


I would like to begin by wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season from the Friends of the Arboretum. We are the group that rakes the leaves, raises the money, hosts the open house, sweeps the front porch, pulls the weeds and installs the hog fencing.

If you are one of the many who joined us for the annual open house, we are so glad you came out to celebrate another year at the Stinson House and in the gardens. It has been a most unusual year, but we have been blessed with the hard work and active support of many new friends. Their energy and enthusiasm are endless, and their fresh ideas have opened many doors. The “Barn Boys” have completed the beautiful storage facility next to the house and are busy working on new projects both inside and outside the picket fence.

With the guidance and expertise of Todd Neuens, owner and operator of Lone-Star Remodeling, T-posts have been spaced and installed around the perimeter of the cultivated gardens. The hog-wire fencing will be unrolled and attached this weekend. Watch for the hogs trotting along Highway 154 as they seek greener pastures in other locales.

It is now time to thank the many, many friends and supporters who have stepped up and helped us fund the installation of this fence. We have also received some donations toward the rebuilding of the gardens, many of which had been in place for close to 10 years. It is this out-pouring of faith and finances that keep us goin’ and the plants growin’. Please come out and share the adventure. The coffee is on.


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