Master Gardeners at their best

Submitted by Brenda Keen

On Friday, September 25, work began to beautify the Nanih Waiya Park. Brenda Keen, owner of Visual Concepts Landscaping, headed the design and plant selection for the park. Brenda, also a Master Gardener, along with Master Gardeners Tommie Hopkins and Alexander Cunningham worked on bed preparation along with Mike Skipper, Mississippi State University County Extension Agent. The bed design was laid out and amendments were added to the soil profile. The ground was thoroughly tilled and raked to prepare the proper home for the plants.

Saturday, work began to complete the design by setting plants by Brenda Keen. Master gardener Letita Jackson, helped to plant the plants as well as Mike Skipper. Isaac Keen, Brenda’s son also helped. He received community service hours for the time spent to help Nanih Waiya Park. The design was implemented and step two was completed as the sun was setting at the park.

In the early hours of the day on Monday, the master gardeners began to fret over the weather as reports were showing 70% chance of rain. The decision was made to continue with plans to mulch the areas. They were also going to install sod around the landscape design. Alexander Cunningham and Tommie Hopkins gave freely of their time once again to help complete the project. Mike Skipper provided help as well. Sandra Jackson helped on Monday as well. Sandra also serves as a Master Gardener. The rain stayed at bay and work was finished to complete the project.

All the preparation was completed in a timely manner due to hard work. Many of the people working at the park were helpful as well. Nanih Waiya has their Fall Festival Day coming up October 9th. The team wanted to make sure to have the work completed before the festival.

If you haven’t visited the park yet, the festival day would be a great time to see all the hard work that SO many people have done. It is really beautiful and it is simply amazing that so much has been accomplished in the time frame since the park started. The park is absolutely stunning. There is a walking track, playground, community center, pond, baseball fields in process, gazebo and pier.

Our project to help the park was successful because we have great people that serve Winston
County. These volunteers that are Master Gardeners give freely of their time and work so hard. They are to be commended for a job well done!

The Nanih Waiya community can be proud of coming together to create such a spectacular place to come and relax and enjoy for years to come.

 Left to Right: Mike Skipper, MSU Extension Agent, Tommy Hopkins, Master Gardner

Left to Right: Mike Skipper, MSU Extension Agent, Tommy Hopkins, Master Gardner

Left to Right: Mike Skipper, MSU Extension Agent, Isaac Keen

Left to Right: Mike Skipper, MSU Extension Agent, Isaac Keen

 Left to Right: Mark Dillard, Tommy Hopkins, Master Garnder, Dale Fulcher, Sandra Jackson, Master Gardner, Alexandra Cunningham, Master Gardner.

Left to Right: Mark Dillard, Tommy Hopkins, Master Garnder, Dale Fulcher, Sandra Jackson, Master Gardner, Alexandra Cunningham, Master Gardner.

Left to Right: Alexander Cunningham, Master Gardner, Brenda Keen, Owner of Visual Concepts and Master Gardner, Tommy Hopkins, Master Gardner.

Left to Right: Alexander Cunningham, Master Gardner, Brenda Keen, Owner of Visual Concepts and Master Gardner, Tommy Hopkins, Master Gardner.

Left to Right: Letita Jackson, Master Gardner, Brenda Keen, Owner of Visual Concepts and Master Garnder; Kneeling, Isaac Keen

Left to Right: Letita Jackson, Master Gardner, Brenda Keen, Owner of Visual Concepts and Master Garnder; Kneeling, Isaac Keen