I chatted a bit with a guy walking his dog on the Bright Hope Trail today. He recognized me as one of the volunteers working to remove wisteria, and he said he appreciated my efforts, admitting that it was not something he would care to do. Different strokes for different folks. Once in a while I'll get a "Thank you" when I'm working in the Native Plant Garden or the Rain Garden, so I know some people notice these things. It's not for everyone, puttering in a garden. People like to see at least some flower beds when they come to the park. What they may not know is that DCR State Parks doesn't have a big enough budget to support professional gardeners. Park staff depend on volunteers to make those flower beds presentable, and that provides an opportunity for those of us who do enjoy puttering in a garden to lend a hand. The need is there for more putterers, more hands. And the invitation to putter is out there on Meetup. If you are a garden putterer, I hope to see you in the garden at Pocahontas.
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Thoughts and advice on volunteering at the park.