Knox State Park needs gardening volunteers

Posted at 9:21 AM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 09:22:33-04

The Knox Estate Garden Club is working with the Friends of Knox Farm State Park to gather volunteers to help the gardens flourish each season. 

There's more than 600 acres of land part of the park. There's a kitchen garden, secret garden and many more on the property that volunteers are busy working on. 

The garden club started last year with a goal in mind but things have evolved since then. 

"Well initially it was to help the weddings that were coming to the estate. We wanted to beautify the mansion," said Donna Reilly the lead gardener of the Knox Estate Garden Club. "We wanted the flowers to be up to date but then we discovered all the history here and the garden really really needed us."

Reilly said Ellen Biddle Shipman designed the gardens and they're looking to bring her vision back to life. 

"In the 20's and 30's she developed the property as a perennial garden," said Reilly. "She specialized in stages of perennials so it was always blooming. There were very specific colors that the Knox family wanted and we're uncovering some of that now."

The club is working with local high schools and will give students community hour credit for helping garden. The club is looking for anyone who's willing to give a little TLC to the gardens - especially someone strong!

Gardeners get together two to three times a week. If you'd like to become part of the club then follow their blog here or contact them via Facebook here