Quilt garden new venture for area gardener PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:00
Sandy Grolle next to her quilt garden which is in the shape of a peace sign. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
One Wood County Master Gardener is spending more time in her garden now that she has retired from her post with the Jordan Family Development Center.
One of Sandy Grolle's first projects at her rural Bowling Green home on Anderson Road, was to combine her passion for gardening with her love for quilts. Grolle planted a "quilt garden."
She had seen quilt gardens on previous trips to Shipshewana in Michigan, where the concept is quite popular. For those not familiar, the idea is to plant your flowers in such a manner so that when they are fully grown, the pattern will resemble a quilt.
"Instead of material, you use flowers," she explained of her garden which was designed as a peace sign.
Using seven flats, she planted Hawaii Blue Ageratum; gnome purple Gomprena; Silver Dust Dusty Miller, Green Leaf Rose Begonia and marigolds.
Though she is pleased with her effort, like any good gardener, she is already planning how to do it better next year. It is not filling out as quickly as she hoped.
"The next time I might use more flowers," she said.
Her home also has a variety of quilts on display, including a piece quilt which resembles the butterfly.
Grolle says she truly enjoys her time spent in the garden and is a 2007 graduate of the Wood County Master Gardener program coordinated through the OSU Extension office.
"That was one of the best things I ever did," Grolle said of the class. "I really enjoyed it."
Another of her pleasures is the annual Wood County Fair.
"This year it could be interesting.
Because of the early spring, she is expecting some of the early spring flowers to have a second round of blooms this year, allowing some different varieties at the fair than normally seen.
She says her love of gardening stems from the fact there's "always something new to try."
While she has mostly focused on flower gardening over the years, she this season has done more container gardening using most of the containers to grow vegetables, primarily peas and green beans.
Aside from the vegetables, she says she is always tweaking something.
"That's the way gardeners are - There's always this or that for next year," she said.
One of the prizes in her garden is a peony bush which has been handed down for generations through her family.

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