Georgetown Optimist Club
8260 State Rd. 64, Georgetown, IN (Next to the drive-in)
If you have ever visited the Butterfly Garden, watched the bluebirds or helped in the Kids' garden, then you have seen the Master Garden vision realized for the Optimist grounds. What started as four raised beds for the Trailblazer 4-H Club flowers now consists of numerous beds and memorial plantings throughout the property.
Work at the grounds entails teaching children about trees and flowers. They learn about planting annuals, transplanting perennials, designing themed beds, clearing brush, saving seeds, weeding, and identifying and marking plants. They also pot excess vegetation to sell in order to buy more plants. We teach children to care for the garden by watering in summer, installing rain barrels, spreading truckloads of mulch using proper mulching techniques, and much more.
The grounds are enjoyed by the whole community, especially those driving State Rd 64 every day, and the dog walkers and joggers who live nearby. A lot of people, young and old, just come and sit and enjoy the scenery. Improvements done to the grounds enhance the other Master Gardener projects on the property.