Marion County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Nursery renovations completed – Gainesville Sun

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Marion County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Nursery renovations completed – Gainesville Sun

The UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Master Gardeners had worked to plan and fund our greenhouse and nursery renovation for nearly two years prior to the onset of COVID-19.

They recently recovered the greenhouse and replaced our plant tables, upgrading them from old 2×4 benches to high quality steel benches. We replaced all heating mats and fans. Along with these transformations, our group had been aware of drainage and water flow coming off of the greenhouse during rainy periods.

One corner of our greenhouse was washing out under the landscape fabric for other areas of our plant nursery. When we initially started inquiring about this issue, we were concerned the cost would be unbearable. We were then able to hire a local engineer who helped us develop a plan. We worked alongside him, swapping some materials to keep cost manageable and eventually had a complete plan. It was intimidating to work with a limited budget and no personal experience building a retaining wall with proper drainage to manage runoff.

This was a major undertaking; our Master Gardener Volunteers pitched the project with Extension support to our Marion County Board of County Commissioners and were gracious enough to support our project. Our Master Gardener Volunteers did as much of the labor to prepare for the project as possible. They were able to remove old plant support structures and landscape fabric to prepare for grading equipment to come in.

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