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Pause to reflect in the Veterans Garden


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The Veterans Garden is a place for reflection.

July 03, 2014
After attending the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Day services visit the Veterans Garden.

The lake side terraced garden has been improved and maintained by the volunteers of the Veterans Garden Committee. Dedicated Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012, the garden provides a place for reflection and a permanent reminder of the sacrifices veterans have made to preserve freedom, said Alaine Bush, Master Gardener and a member of the committee, in a recent newsletter.

Having put in hours of work over several years, it was of concern how the harsh winter affected the plants. Volunteer Ginny Brown said the garden survived the winter quite well, as did the resident rabbits, who cause angst among gardeners sampling various plantings.

The garden is continually being improved and new items added, including the 500 daffodils planted last fall and a 12-by-18-inch bronze plaque purchased by the Grosse Pointe Garden Center noting the garden's name. Five new brick pavers are to be installed by Adam Sucura this week, bringing the total to more than 60 pavers donated in the name of a service man or woman. The commemorative personalized brick pavers cost $250. Order forms are available at the War Memorial front office, in the mailbox in the Veterans Garden or at gpgardencenter.org. Donations are tax deductible. 2014 improvements include:

installation of a new irrigation zone, $1,500, by Grosse Pointe Lawn Sprinklers,

pruning the magnolia and removal of the cherry tree, $545, by Camelot Tree and Shrub Co.,

removal of smaller trees and shrubs, Euonymous ground cover and regrading after tree and shrub removal, $375,

repair lower level retaining wall, $1,693, by Phil Pitters,

mulch delivery and spreading by Allemon's Landscaping Center and

replacement of plants in the upper left corner of the garden, $1,000.

Brown noted the committee is hiring all local contractors and those who work on the War Memorial grounds to support local businesses.

In 2009, volunteers tackled the Hillside Garden and Millie's Way neglected garden, digging up invasive plants, removing a dead elm and mulching.

When planting new perennials, the committee chose those that would attract pollinators and birds, including buddjlea, lavender, coreopsis, roses, hosta, peonies, hydrangea, iris and geraniums.

According to a July 2013 Grosse Pointe News article, the retaining walls and paths had to be rebuilt. Two paths in red brick were added in 2012. A fourth path includes personalized bricks.

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