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Yahoo! Travel included a Johnson County garden attraction among its list of United States and Canadian gardens not to be missed before summer is gone for good. The Monet Garden at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens made the travel website’s list of “10 Glorious Gardens to Explore.”
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Nancy Branum and other Extension Master Gardener volunteers designed and planted the one-acre Monet Garden in 2003. The Overland Park garden is modeled after Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France, using plant materials suitable for the Kansas climate. The Monet Garden incorporates colorful annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, a koi and lily pond, a green bridge, and includes a recreation of Monet’s famous Grand Allée.
“For the Monet Garden to be included among places such as the world famous Butchart Gardens in Canada, plus botanical gardens in New York, Chicago and St. Louis, is a huge honor for Johnson County, and a great testament to everyone that worked on the design, planting and ongoing maintenance of this project,” said Dennis Patton, horticulture agent and Extension Master Gardener program manager.
“The Monet Garden at the Arboretum is truly a beautiful creation,” said Karen Kerkhoff, supervisor at the Arboretum. “Extension master gardeners care for this particular garden at the Arboretum and are completely devoted to their work, and it shows.”
The Extension Master Gardeners are available to answer visitors’ questions while they work in The Monet Garden every Wednesday and Saturday mornings throughout the growing season. In 2012, 85 volunteers contributed 3,552 hours of service at The Monet Garden. More information can be found at www.johnson.ksu.edu.