Making the American Legion Post flower garden

by Kermit Krueger
For The Review

Ed Schroeder approached me in 2008 about the city lot next to the American Legion Hall adjacent to the Mullet River on Stafford St. in downtown Plymouth.

It only had gravel for soil and the only thing it could grow were weeds.

We were concerned about the impression it made on the public, as the Post hosts weekly guest speakers and new member groups, which rent the hall regularly.

Our overall goal was to change the street appeal of the Post.

We tried several different combinations of grasses and flowers after the city had filled in the lot with top soil.

After two bad years of experimenting, we went to roses and whatever flowers that required less watering.

We got the roses and other various flowers from some of our local gardeners and proceeded to water them twice a week.

Two years ago, we had the coldest winter in 50 years and we lost all but six roses.

We hoped some would recover, but they didn’t. So this year we started over.

In all, we planted 40 roses, five edam, phlox, coreopsis, hydrangeas, daisies, buttercups, wild geraniums.

We want to thank the local folks who helped us get going, including helpers Earl Bergin and Gene Boll.

We also want to recognize the city of Plymouth and especially Rene Hoefler for the five edam, buttercups and daisies

Recognition also goes to Val Krueger for the coreopsis, phlox and great advice, as well as the great deals from Moraine Nurseries and Jim Stahlman for the flag pole.

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