Discovery Garden Update

— Written By and last updated by Kate Holt
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Construction workers drive the pilings that will support the Summer House in the Discovery Gardens (1)

Construction workers drive the pilings that will support the Summer House in the Discovery Gardens

I am very excited to announce that we are moving forward with the next phase of construction in the Discovery Gardens. For those who are not familiar, the Discovery Gardens are a project of the Onslow County Master Gardener Volunteers. Many years ago, they saw the need for a public garden in Onslow County and they have worked hard to make this vision a reality.

At completion, the Discovery Gardens will encompass a 4-acre tract behind the Onslow County Multipurpose Building and adjacent to the Onslow County Farmers Market. The gardens will serve as a place for education, recreation, events and community engagement. The Discovery Gardens will serve as a hands-on classroom for gardening classes and Master Gardener Volunteers educating the public. The gardens will also serve as a location for community members – including seniors and families – to visit, walk, recreate and relax in a safe outdoor environment. The gardens will include over a third of a mile of accessible walking trails and nature boardwalk. The Discovery Gardens will be suitable for weddings, receptions, and reunions as well as public events such as festivals, Art in the Park, and the like.

We currently have our entrance circle, low impact storm water management system, nature boardwalk and raised bed vegetable garden installed. This next phase of construction will include the Summer House, irrigation system, senior gaming area, trails and pathways.

Once this phase of construction is complete, we will be busy planting trees and shrubs in the garden. If you like learning and getting your hands dirty, plan on coming out and joining us next spring. Meanwhile, swing on by and check out what’s happening!