ELKINS - Now that folks have made it past the threat of snow, many have turned their attention to a favorite hobby or activity - gardening.
The term gardening has come to refer to a varied scope of plantings - some folks plant fruits and vegetables, some herbs, some trees and bushes, some flowers and greenery. Still others garden with water features.
Not only is there variety in what plants are grown, but great diversity exists in the growing methods. Gone are the days when gardens were only a 10 by 10 plot in the backyard. Plants spill out into the front and sides of homes and apartments, adding color and a new meaning to "curb appeal." With so many people having limited space, gardening now also comes in the form of containers, patio gardens, hanging baskets, window herb gardens and raised beds.
The Inter-Mountain photos by Beth Christian Broschart
Marisa Kniley, of Elkins, straightens up the many baskets, flats and pots of flowering plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs offered at Crazy Harry’s Greenhouse.
Beverly McGilberry, of Mimi’s Greenhouse and Homespun Collection, moves flats of plants at the greenhouse location on Files Creek Road in Beverly.
In Elkins, two community gardens offer those with a green thumb and limited space the opportunity to plant items side by side with neighbors. The Randolph County Community Gardens were formed in 2009 and provide space for residents to be able to grow low-cost, high-nutrition foods. The Kump Garden has 19 plots and the Henry Avenue Garden offers 14 raised beds.
A trip through Crazy Harry's Greenhouse offers gardeners plants from A to Z. The store has fruit plants and bushes, trees of all shapes and varieties from fruit to shade, hanging baskets filled will all colors of flowers and flats of plants. One of the newest offerings is a hanging basket that has runners with cucumbers. While there, employee Marisa Kniley, of Elkins, said the greenhouse was just replenished with a new stock of tomato, pepper and cabbage plants.
MiMi's Greenhouse and Homespun Collection features flowering plants which can easily be placed in designer baskets, pots and vases to decorate any area in or around homes. Owner Pam Bates offers brightly colored plants along with herbs such as flat leaf parsley, sweet basil and candy onions.
Serious cooks can make a visit to Mary's Greenhouse to stock up on owner Larry Gouer's variety of herbs, including rosemary, Italian oregano, lavender, tarragon, parsley, sage, marjoram, thyme, dill, fennel, lemon grass, lemon balm, basil, mojito mint, lovage, catnip, chives, spearmint, peppermint and cilantro. Mary's also has more than 50 varieties of tomato and pepper plants for those who love to experiment with different colors, flavors, sizes and shapes.
Be sure to enjoy the time and effort family, friends and neighbors have spent decorating with flowers, plants, shrubs, gardens and herbs they have selected for their unique colors and sizes.