FIRE REPAIR UPDATE
On Monday July 6th, staff moved quickly on Monday to remove the burned debris and plants from the center island in the Fragrance & Texture Garden. After careful removal, a barrier was replaced to stop soil from washing into the Koi Pond.
On the 7th, members of the horticultural committee assessed tree and shrub damage, and apart from the larger trees the area has been cleared. New irrigation to replace damage will be installed, hopefully before the end of this week.
Temporary plantings of annuals and easily transplanted perennials will be planted soon, while a more permanent planting plan is decided.
Although currently a “Moon-scape” the damaged area will rise from the ashes with plantings that echo the vision of the founding members – a garden that can be enjoyed by all through sight, scent and feel.
Sometime during the evening or night of Friday, July 3rd, a large area of the Fragrance & Texture garden was gutted by a fire started by random fireworks, according to the fire department.
We have lost lighting, irrigation, signage, most plants, and all the mulch. The bridge was only slightly damaged and the koi are safe, although now more vulnerable with the damage surrounding the pond – we have run temporary electrical supply to the waterfall pump unit.
We may never know the why, who, or where of how they were set off – but be aware fireworks should not be set off in the City limits, and they can cause a lot of damage!
Staff assessed the damage on Saturday, July 4th. Barriers have been erected around the Koi Pond to make sure ash residue does not get into the water. The pond water has been changed, and the pH level of the water is being monitored. We are doing all we can to ensure the health of the Koi.
Clean up and repairs will begin on Monday, July 6th. Irrigation will need to be replaced and/or repaired, electrical elements for the pond waterfall and lighting will need to be assessed, debris cleared, and trees assessed for fire damage before we can think of replanting. If you can help in any way, please let the office know via email or phone (251) 342 0555.