Posted by: groundsforsculpture | August 28, 2010

Garden Team at Lunch

Garden Team at Lunch. Photo by G. Hsu.

By Carole Armel, Gardener

Sally Flynn, Sandy Robinson, Carole Armel, Priscilla Knight and Linda Sharim (clockwise from left in picture), plus Betty Joy (not pictured) are the Garden Team at Grounds For Sculpture. For fourteen years, they have been keeping the gardens at the Grounds sparkling.

Working two days a week, they plan, plant and maintain floral plantings; prune roses, topiary and shrubs; deadhead flowers; and nurse plantings into growing well. Another important task is to keep a watchful eye on the Grounds overall – spotting areas needing attention or having problems, advising on gardening practices, diseases and maintenance. It was the Garden Team that identified the trees for the “Self-Guided Tree Trail” map that’s available at the information desks. Special projects like planting thousands of donated bulbs and preparing gardens for exhibit openings and receptions also keep the Team busy.

The Garden Team gives presentations to Docents on the plantings and answers visitor questions on everything from “Where is this or that sculpture?” to “What plant is that and how do you take care of it?” Members of the Team have often heard a surprised visitor say, “Oh, they’re real…they moved,” followed by laughter, when mistaken for a sculpture of gardeners doing their work.

All these acts are labors of love for the Garden Team whose response when invited to work at the Grounds was “We’d rather play in your garden than in ours.”



  1. …not to mention the coaching they do to staff members who have questions about their own gardens!! They have patiently answered my many questions and helped to make my little garden a tad more beautiful (not to mention a little more alive)!

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