Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


Snow and ice on the ground, what a beautiful setting that is for an historic homeplace surrounded by a white picket fence. I am sure you will be relieved to know that Christmas decorations have been safely stored away in the attic for yet another year. As a matter of fact, the attic has never looked so clean and organized. I am so proud, I just may add this venue as part of our “tour of the house.”

This coming Saturday will be the first of many Nature U’s educational presentations. Our guests will be receiving information on how to garden organically. Holly Ross, owner of Holly Berry Farm in Canton will be our first presenter. Not only has Holly weathered the tornadoes that passed directly through her property in Canton last fall, she has been able to rebuild a successful herb and plant farm while raising family and welcoming two new baby goats to her growing menagerie. These informative Nature U classes will be scheduled for the third Saturday and may be inside or outside the picket fence.

I would like to remind you that we have an active Facebook page. This is where you can find details of upcoming events, such as our annual Valentine’s Day Dinner, and watch for dates for plant sales and other information. If you do not participate on Facebook please go to our website,

If you are interested in planning new garden areas, the study of plants that are suited to Wood County and its environs, good company and ever-changing challenges, (no experience necessary) please join us any Wednesday. The coffee is on.


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