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Mary Knight finds Oscar-winning weeders at work in our town

Substitute garden volunteer discovers downtown flowers need little maintenance on her day in the sun, with almost too little to do - but geraniums at the fountain did need deadheading.

By Mary Knight
Guest editorialist

Because Bill and Beth Coleman and Jeanne Marshburn were unable to work on Wednesday, the 23rd, their usual weeding day, I went in to the Square help to help out.

I found 21 weeds (total) in the 12 day lily beds around the Square. The stone areas around the trees in the four corners were weedless and debris-less.


The stone area around the Annex monument was weed and debris-less

I found more work to do at the Fountain - but that was mainly deadheading the geraniums from the heavy rains on Tuesday.

At the circle, next to the Court House, I found eight weeds, all very small. The plants were well trimmed and cut back neatly.

Each bed was neatly mulched and had no cigarette butts visible.

Do Bill and Beth and Jeanne qualify as Oscar-winning weeders or not?

Maybe someone should go up to the Trabue House and see if Garden Clubbers Donna Jones, Glenda Brouckaert, Kathy Hunt, Betty Knifley, Maury Lewis, and Lila Loy are doing as good a job every Tuesday. Something tells me that they are!!!

Thanks, Garden Club.

- Mary Knight



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In the garden at the Trabue Russell House



2017-08-26 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
The public is welcome at this peaceful spot in the well tended garden at Columbia's historic Trabue Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY. Sounds of butterfly wings, birds and the occasional car going up the hill added to the experience of this place on a Saturday afternoon, August 26, 2017. Evening will add cheering, soccer field lights and action on the adjoining Lindsey Wilson College campus. - LW

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Aerial view of Historic Adair Courthouse without a drone



2017-08-27 - From Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, to Historic Adair Courthouse, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY .
The meticulously maintained - by the Adair County Garden Club - late summer/fall flowers at the Trabue-Russell House were the main attraction at the site on a perfect August 26, 2017, but it's also a year round scenic overlook for a wonderful view of the historic Adair County Courthouse. From this perspective, it appears to back up to solid woodland - at least in the Pooh Bear concept. The mission, assigned by Mary Knight, was to see the work of the Adair County Garden Club, Trabue House battalion's care of the gardens and grounds, which we awarded Five Wows! on a Five Wow scale, recommending a visit today while the best ever weather continues. - LW/EW

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Adair Garden Club floral triumph at Trabue Russell House



2017-08-27 - Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Aptly named for its lovely smell, the Sweet Autumn Clematis flowering vine has a formal name of Clematis Paniculata. It grows naturally along the iron fence at the Trabue Russell House.

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Adair Garden Club floral triumph at TRH: Petunias



2017-08-27 - Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.

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Adair Garden Club floral triumph: Yellow carnations amid petunias at TRH



2017-08-27 - Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Feelings of rejection or sadness are attributed to a gift of yellow carnations, but why? These bright faces amid the petunias at the Trabue-Russell House should please anyone who gets a chance to see them in the floral gardens at TRH.

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Adair County Garden Club floral triumph: Need ID's



2017-08-28 - Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Could one of the knowledgeable Garden Club Members - all of you know more than we - identify the flowers in this scene. Our ken extends only to the petunia, and we'd like readers to know more. Thanks for your help. We're here now, at 270-250-2730. Thanks for the immense pleasure the community derives from the Downtown and Trabue Russell House gardens. And thanks in advance for any assistance identifying these plants. - EW

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Adair Garden Club helps butterflies survive at TR House



2017-08-28 - Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
It's tough being a butterfly today, a fact members of the Adair County Garden Club are keenly aware of - and they are doing a lot about it. With support of the essential pollinators. Above, A Viceroy, thehe Official State Butterfly of Kentucky, at a Zinnia Way Station at the Trabue-Russell House, 201 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY.

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