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Liberty Gardens

The Chesapeake Liberty Garden is a special place of natural beauty to honor the memory of those who perished on September 11, 2001. It is a special project sponsored by the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council (CEIC) and the Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Department. Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) invited all KAB communities to establish Liberty Gardens, hoping that such gardens will be established all across the U.S.A. Chesapeake has been a Keep America Beautiful community since 1986.

The garden, designed by Nancy McPherson, former CEIC Chairperson, is in the shape of a beautiful sunburst and is filled with perennials, such as daylilies, heather, Carissa holly, and Firepower Nandina. Bill Maxwell and his horticulture students from Tidewater Community College have completed a stone retaining wall that can also be used as a seating area. The retaining wall block was donated by Allied Concrete Products, LLC and Riverside Brick and Supply Company, Inc. Additionally, Oman Funeral Home has donated the services of their engraver to inscribe Liberty Garden on the retaining wall so all will know the purpose of the garden.

Home Depot donated $1,000 to start the garden, and several other businesses have also made generous donations totaling almost $5,000, including Lowe’s, Greenbrier Farms, Pine Ridge Perennials, Bennetts Creek, Knotts Creek, K B Plant Farm, and Carter’s Country Corner. Volunteers have installed the garden and are being recruited to care for the garden.

Sculpture. Sue Landerman, a local artist, designed and installed a five foot sculpture centered at the top of the garden. Ms. Landerman is an accomplished and experienced artist. Her work has been featured on HGTV’s Dream Builders. Ms. Landerman charged a much-reduced price for her work. The CEIC is able to pay her for her services, using donated funds already on-hand.

Volunteers Needed. The Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council is seeking a volunteer group(s) to maintain the garden. Volunteers are needed to tend the garden for a two-year period, watering, weeding, and inspecting for pests. Groups such as Scouts, civic organizations, church groups, community organizations, etc. are being sought. An Adopt-a-Garden sign identifying the group will be erected at the garden.

Information. For more information, contact the Special Programs Division of the Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Department at (757) 382-6411.

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