Garden News Flash:
Jay and Georganne Nixon have added Missouri to the growing list of state governors’ mansions with a new vegetable garden.
Yup. The Missouri Mansion has recently sprouted a 16-by-16 foot vegetable garden that is the pet project of Mrs. Nixon. In so doing, they have followed the lead of the Obamas, who had part of the South Lawn plowed for a garden at the White House. It’s the first White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden there during the second world war.
“Victory Garden” is Mrs. Nixon’s theme as well.
“The garden will be included in tours for the Mansion as a way for young people to help their own families,” wrote Press Secretary Scott Holste in an email reply to our query. “When she is able, Mrs. Nixon talks to the children who take the Mansion tour, telling them about the importance of planting tomatoes or herbs as ways to help their families. She also refers to the Victory Gardens from WWII and how important it is for everyone to find a way to help.”
Below is the mansion. We’re working on getting a garden picture.
While the White House garden got off to a bang with a big photo op, the Missouri garden opened with relatively little fanfare. It was planned by the Department of Natural Resources, with input from Powell Gardens near Kansas City and the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. It’ll be kept by offenders on work-release from the nearby Algoa Corrections Center.
Not much word on what they’re growing. Holste says the governor’s chef put in for some basil and heirloom tomatoes. Good man.
The Kansas Governor’s residence at Cedar Crest doesn’t have a vegetable garden. At least not yet. New Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson hasn’t had much time to think about it, presumably. Cedar Crest, with its 244 acres and nearby wildlife area is problematic though, says grounds administrator Ken Smith. Anybody with a plot near a park can understand. Deer. Rabbits. Squirrels. Raccoons. Elk. Grizzlies. La Chupacabra. You never know what’s out there, but you can be sure it’ll find your plants. So past administrations haven’t been keen to start planting.
They may want to think about that. Vegetable gardening is a trend that has taken off this year. Patches are popping up at governor’s mansions throughout the country, partly as a result of a campaign by GreentheGrounds.org. This is a group that wants to encourage kitchen gardens as well as smarter, more conservation-minded landscaping on state grounds everywhere. So far, Maryland, New York and Ohio have joined in. And California also has plans for a vegetable garden in Sacramento.
We’ll revisit this idea later in the growing season. In the meantime, remember: You read it here first at M&RVP.
Here’s the White House garden in progress.
Posted by: Roxie