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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Jan 19, 2018 7:31 AM CST
Wow, you've been busy. Volunteering at the botanical garden sounds wonderful, but where will you find the time? All is at a standstill here in PA, the ground is frozen solid and we have some light snow cover. It gives me a rest, but then when spring comes it's all hands on deck and absolutely insanely busy! As for designating your own garden a Botanical Garden, instead, why not simply open it to the public on certain days? Especially if you donate some of the proceeds to charity, you could even charge admission?
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Region: United Kingdom Region: Hawaii
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microb
Jan 19, 2018 1:30 PM CST
Thanks for the comments Annie, always interesting to read your blog.

I'm doing the volunteer work as much for the social interaction as anything else. 4 hours once a week. So difficult to find gardening folks to talk to. Since retiring I don't have the contact with my insurance clients and other office staff. I'm also hoping to gleen some cuttings from time to time.
State and county regulation create obstacles to public access to the gardens. You need local public hearings for zoning, vehicle studies, handicap access. Local neighbors can get really negative about increased traffic and if you make a charge then you have to collect local taxes, pay self employment tax and end up with hardly enough left to make it worthwhile. Then suddenly you find you have a "job" rather than a pleasant hobby. Then on the other hand I don't know whether I want lots of people trapesing around the garden, slipping and falling and suing me.

I might just become a registered Wildlife Garden by the National Wildlife Federation. That sounds like fun.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
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plantmanager
Jan 19, 2018 1:50 PM CST
It sounds like you're really busy there, Mike. I can relate. I used to garden in the Marshall Islands where the weather and growing was pretty similar. Everything grew so quickly that it was hard to keep up with pruning, re-potting, etc.

We used to spend a lot of time in Hawaii, waiting on military planes to take us the Marshalls. I loved that botanical garden! I'm sure you'll learn a lot and meet a lot of like minded people.

Becoming a Natl wildlife garden is a good thing to do. I think you can open it a few days a year to the public. One of my cousins did that with her property. It would be pretty easy for you to qualify.
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Jan 20, 2018 5:20 PM CST
Actually, I have a registered National Wildlife Federation property! I don't know exactly what that means in terms of people visiting though...I have a sign that just says that my property qualifies because it provides habitat etc. for wildlife.

And I know what you mean about the "job" thing. My friend keeps encouraging me to do garden design and sell plants etc. but I dont want to because it would go from being something I potter around with and enjoy to being a business.
Guess the best thing is to spruce up the garden once a year, invite in some friends and family for a garden party and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Region: United Kingdom Region: Hawaii
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microb
Jan 20, 2018 6:59 PM CST
You hit the nail on the head.

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