In 2013, the garden was overgrown with weeds – especially with horsetail, morning glory, shiny geranium, creeping buttercup, and other non-native perennial plants. Since then, and continuing into 2021, the Pacific County Master Gardeners have taken over the maintenance of the Garden. We have completed the following projects:
- Pruned several trees and shrubs. This project is ongoing.
- Suppressed a significant horse tail problem and other weeds by blanketing them with cardboard and wood chips. This project is ongoing.
- Planted several kinds of indigenous native plants in the Garden, including native shrubs, herbaceous perennials, grasses, and rushes.
- Installed three self-watering containers planted with small shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
- Replaced the non-functioning circulating pond with a bog garden.
- Removed an aging foot bridge and replaced it with concrete, drain rocks and small gravel, and made is as part of the existing walkway.
- Re-graveled the existing walkway, widening it to 60 inches in compliance with American Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.
- Add signage to the native plants.
- Added a sign at both entrances of the garden announcing the Master Gardener’s designation as the county’s demonstration garden.
- Installed recycled plastic edging on the sides of the walkways in the Garden.
Since becoming the steward of the Discovery Garden many improvements have occurred and the garden is again a welcoming place for visitors.