As new interns, we wondered what could we do to make the gardens peaceful for the guests, their families, friends and staff?
We decided to create a serene, welcoming entrance to the building. “Friends of Hyder” helped accomplish the transformation with a very generous donation. We also thank Rob Essex from the Wentworth Green Houses for his advice on plant and perennial selections.
With the help of volunteers, who were educated in the proper techniques of successful planting (compost, root stimulator, fertilizer, correct depth, and placement), our makeover was complete.
Before and after pictures below:
A short time after planting the entrance circular garden to Hyder House and less than 24 hours after installing soaker hoses, a delivery truck drove thru the garden, destroying several shrubs, perennials, and the new soaker system.
A week later a moose strolled through the Hyder House grounds VERY CLOSE to the new plantings…thankfully the moose did not stop for a snack!
Every time we work at Hyder House, the staff, visitors, and volunteers always thank us. They stated on several occasions never to under estimate the effect the beautiful surroundings have on the guests and their families while in residence.
We are happy to give back to Strafford County and the many families Hyder House assists as they navigate loss of life.
Submitted by: 2015 MG Interns – Marie V, Amy V., and Lynn A.