The STARS Foundation assisted a botanical garden project in West Plains. The Master Gardeners Mr. and Mrs. Dias designed the plans in exchange for our assistance, and have offered any plants, trees, etc. that we might need for the garden free of charge. However, they are unable to assist further due to travel distance and health concerns.
Mrs. Barbara Thomas came to The STARS Foundation with her children to participate in our theater and dance programs. In time, we discovered that she was an incredible gardener! She offered to assist, along with Master Gardener Danny Manness.
The following has been accomplished in 2016:
With the permission of the City of Cabool, we broke ground.
Eagle Scouts Blake Williams and Teddy Murphy built the garden boxes and placed irrigation lines. There were over 60 volunteers present for this phase of the project. Mr. Doug Haynie of Cabool volunteered his services as a professional plumber. Mr. Jayson Lee of Hartville provided professional supervision for the box construction. Mr. Gillet volunteered to dig all the trenches for the piping.
A $2,000 grant was obtained from Walmart, assisting with the cost of materials.
Unfortunately a week later heavy rains washed the beds into the river. Students were able to pull them out and without damage. The beds were moved to higher ground.
The project's Master Gardener became ill and was unable to continue the planning of the garden. We carefully watched the area's flood patterns and considered the placement of all garden elements.
The Mission of the garden is to provide an artistic view of the earth and of nature.
The STARS Foundation works with several students and adults with illness and special needs. This garden is designed to heal and soothe people of all ages who might be in need of its services. Not only will the garden be pleasing to the eye, it will be a feast for the other senses as well. The blind will hear special tones that will be placed throughout the garden using chimes and musical garden pieces. Therapeutic waterfalls and acupressure paths will soothe mind and body. Each part of the garden will have its own distinct scent and there will be ample amounts of shade for hot summer days. Children will delight in interactive elements placed throughout the garden. The garden will be fully handicapped accessible, with paths for wheelchairs and even raised garden boxes high enough for working in the soil.
There will be classes and workshops held throughout the year on various topics. For more information and to follow the garden's progress, check back often or visit us on social media.
How you can help:
We are in need of donations to complete the garden's paved areas, memorial benches, and more. Help us raise awareness by telling everyone about this special project. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and will help us accomplish great things.
Our successes thus far include:
Contact Garden Supervisors for more information:
Barbara Thomas, Houston, 417-260-1942
Danny Manness, Cabool, 417-962-3533
Rebecca Peterson, Cabool, 417-254-3168