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Garden Club breaks ground on Memorial Park makeover

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

By John Coffelt, Staff Writer 

 Members of Manchester’s Green Thumb Garden Club have recently begun a revamp of the Manchester Memorial Park that will include a complete replacement of the park’s foliage. 

“We’ve taken out all the trees and virtually all the plant material,” said club member Nancy Gilliam.

The park hasn’t seen a major improvement since the eighties.

“It was ready for a facelift,” she said.

The club garnered the help of Nashville landscape architect Todd Breyer for layout and plant selection.

“We want to make the park a little more inviting and serene,” she said.

The redesign incorporates a lower maintenance design.

“It really is a community park. People sometimes forget that it’s a memorial park.”

Last week members planted over one hundred plants.

“We will be planting perennials, boxwoods and hollies,” she said.

She said that the park is a really picturesque place to sit, have pictures made and even hold a wedding.

“It’s a nice place to have lunch in the spring and the summer.

“It’s a memorial garden so we’re trying to make it a more contemplative space,” she said.

“It’s going to be beautiful.”

Gilliam said that the club hopes to be finished with the first phase by the end of the month.

The renovation is funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Gilliam said that the current phase would use most of the grant. The upkeep of the park is continued through donations and by club fundraising plant sales.