Courtesy PhotoEach gardener will be assigned either a 48-square-foot or 80-square-foot raised bed plot to use throughout the growing season.

Courtesy Photo

Each gardener will be assigned either a 48-square-foot or 80-square-foot raised bed plot to use throughout the growing season.

Although Friday was mostly a washout, the rain stopped late Friday morning, May 18, long enough for a green ribbon to be cut, symbolically opening the Wallace Avenue Community Garden in Leitchfield.

The Community Garden is located on Wallace Avenue behind Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center (TLRMC).

According to Bill Oldham, TLRMC Director of Planning and Marketing, this project was a joint effort between the Master Gardener Association of Grayson County and the TLRMC Population Health Committee.

There were over 40 people in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony, according to Oldham.

During the ceremony, TLRMC CEO Wayne Meriwether told a story about how the Community Garden project came to be.

"In the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment the hospital performed, Nutrition and Obesity were two of the top health challenges facing the people living here. When compared nationally and statewide, Grayson County ranks low in several key areas including diabetes and diabetes deaths; adult obesity; limited access to healthy food; and the percent of low income residents that do not live close to a grocery store," Meriwether said.

Meriwether said TLRMC formed the Population Health Committee to respond to these and other community health challenges. According to Meriwether, the Population Health Committee partnered with the Master Gardeners in building the Community Garden to help reverse the negative nutrition trends.

Carol Meriwether, Community Garden committee chair for the Master Gardeners thanked the many individuals and organizations that made the Garden possible.

"I am standing here today overwhelmed by the giving spirit we have experienced from Grayson County in the form of generous donations of materials, time, and funds," Carol Meriwether said.

According to Oldham, she listed the donors for the project and made a special effort to thank and recognize the many hours worked by the Grayson County Detention Center and the other members of the Master Gardener Community Garden committee.

According to Oldham, research and planning for the Community Garden has been going on for over three years. He said the group found several community gardens to base a Grayson County program on including ones in Owensboro and Bowling Green.

For the community garden, each gardener will be assigned either a 48-square-foot or 80-square-foot raised bed plot to use throughout the growing season for a nominal fee, Oldham said.

Anyone interested in getting a plot should contact the Grayson County Cooperative Extension Service at 270-259-3492.

The Community Garden committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their help in making the Wallace Avenue Community Garden possible:

•Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center

•Grayson County Detention Center

•Otis Bryant & Son

•P & L Railway

•Schumacher Emergency Department clinical partners

•Tractor Supply Company

•Future Designs

•England Plumbing

•Janney Holsteins

•Miracle Recreation Equipment in Kentucky and Tennessee

•The Cecilian Bank

•Leitchfield Utilities Commission members

•Grayson County Extension Service

•Master Gardener Community Garden Committee