“In the beginning, our plant exchange was really small,” says Elkhart County Park Department Chief Naturalist, Jerry Good. “But, it’s been growing. This will be our fifth year.”
It was a perfect day.
THE CALENDAR GARDEN
Designed by Jon Curtell, DeFries Calendar Garden has a section for each season. It is further divided by months. Every month features grasses, bushes, plants and flowers at their peak. Native Indiana plants are on the outside of the garden. Horicultural displays are toward the inside.
Pathways representing four lunar equinoxes, form a compass leading to a pond in the middle of the Calendar Garden.
The pond with it’s water lilies is the garden focal point. There are goldfish and bluegill, too. The bluegill were added because the park department wanted native Indiana fish. Nobody considered size. As a result, the number of goldfish is dropping.
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