The Heritage Garden behind the Georgetown & Scott County Museum in the City of Georgetown parking lot on North Mulberry Street welcomes a new generation of Scott County Girl Scouts to their annual planting day each Spring.
Now a nationally certified Monarch Way-station, the first butterfly wings were established in 2015 by Scott County Girl Scout Troop 1475. This year the perennial beds were expanded and enhanced with new plants. Next year the youth will be planting a new butterfly wing, and bringing colorful annual accents to the established perennial beds, now the Butterfly Graffiti Gardens
Yes you can – paint a rock and plant it in the Graffiti Rock Garden, or bring your own rock sculpture to add to the colorful garden any time during the year.
Bluegrass Wild Garden: If anyone has native Kentucky plants to share (from woodland wildflowers to field plants) please ask them to bring a donation for the “Bluegrass Wild Garden” under the murals of prehistoric Kentucky mammals.
Contact us if you seek starters from perennials in the gardens. There are plants to share with the public and other volunteer gardens. We will be bringing transplants of Black-eyed Susan, three colors of Yarrow, Pink Primrose, Dwarf Coreopsis, and hopefully, little baby hostas volunteering from last year’s seeds, and new annual seed nursery beds for sharing accent plants during the Summer and Fall.
Georgetown Cultural District Historic Gardens provide opportunities for creative volunteer and youth “Yes You Can” programs connecting the past with the present.
Georgetown, Scott County is rich in history and architectural and horticultural excellence. Volunteer gardens wait your question: “May I…” for the answer ” Yes, you can.”
Georgetown gardens seeking volunteers …
- East Main Street welcomes you to the entrance of Georgetown College Campus and the Scott County Native Plant Arboretum. Mature trees are identified for your entertainment and education of Kentucky heritage – its big trees.
- North Mulberry Heritage Gardens: Step on downtown to the Georgetown & Scott County Museum for a side trip back 10,000 to 15,000 years on North Mulberry to uncover the first site: Bluegrass Wild Garden murals by Stevie Moore, with native plantings in progress sharing the same wall as the contemporary Butterfly Graffiti Rock Garden – the future site of contemporary community mural. Gracing the parking lot are butterfly wings, the visual clue offered by artist Amy Rogers. The Butterfly Graffiti Gardens are now a nationally certified Monarch Way Station thanks to Scott County Girls Scouts, the UK-Scott County Cooperative Extension Office, and the SCAC Youth Arts and Education and Art in Public Places programs.
- West Main Street presents you two gardens:
- The Pioneer Garden in Royal Spring Park on South Water Street is located at the Big Spring, discovered in 1774. The site hosts two dry-stack raised bed herb gardens built by Boy Scouts Austin Anderson and Austin Abshire to show plants native to Kentucky, and what a pioneer would have carried with them for survival building their home in the wilderness.
- The Victor-I-Can Garden: Yes “i can” is part of the name as the beginnings of a Victorian Garden takes root… Located on North Water Street at the site of the 1870’s residence and 1892 Scott County Jail, the gardens are in the beginning of development to provide artistic inspiration and flowers for receptions, and pinch-plants for art projects. Now home to a growing population of Monarch Butterflies, it has become a nursery for plants and migrating endangered life. The gardens definitely come to life with butterflies and photographers throughout the seasons.
- North Water Street Heritage Research and Development Garden: On the private terrace across the street from the Scott County Arts & Cultural Welcome Center owned by business neighbor Tim & Jennifer Hanks, volunteers have been given permission to discover what can be done…. Next year a new cycle of development and discover will spring forward to welcome residents and travelers with a joyful spot of color.
- Ward Hall on 460 West just past Highway 62: Dated back to the 1850’s, five acres of formal gardens await historians with horticulture on their minds and a hoe in their hands.
- Yuko-en Kentucky Japan Friendship Garden on 25 North just north of downtown after crossing North Elkhorn Creek: A friendship in many ways, this aesthetic garden offers a winding trail through nature to reflect on beauty around the springs and ponds. Providing a profusion of diversity in native and introduced plantings, the grounds have now matured and are ready for another verse, under-story plantings seeking shade from the Kentucky sun.
See a weed? If it bothers you, call and we will say, “yes you can” pull it and help plan the future of historic gardens in Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, U.S.A.. Want to plant a seed for tomorrow? Become a member of the Scott County Arts Consortium, Inc. or friend Scott County Arts & Cultural Welcome Center with a donation today.
“Yes You Can” 502-570-8366
Please share the “YES YOU CAN” concept with others seeking gardens to help develop or tend, and invite them to come to the Heritage Garden on North Mulberry or the “Victor-I-Can” Garden at the 1892 Old Scott County Jail on North Water Street.