Margret and Hans Rey are two of Waterville Valley’s best known residents. Their cartoon and storybook creation, Curious George, has entertained generations of children through books, television shows and movies.
If you were lucky enough to visit or live in Waterville Valley back in Margret’s day, you would have undoubtedly enjoyed her beautiful flower gardens which surrounded the Rey’s summer cottage.
Today, the Rey Center honors Margret’s love of gardening with several different gardening projects in Waterville Valley.
The Mary Bierbrier Community Gardens, located at the Curious George Cottage (Margret’s former house), provide raised beds available for rent by community members to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. The gardens were relocated and rebuilt after the Curious George Cottage was moved onto the Waterville Valley Elementary School campus in 2010. In the spring of 2011, 10 new raised beds were built and were rented immediately by local community members and a waiting list was started. The spring of 2012 brought two more beds, LOTS of bark mulch and more demand for beds. Another wait list was started. This year brings not only more raised beds, but also a new garden shed built by students in the Sustainable Structures class at Plymouth State University, a new potting bench with a utility sink, new garden hoses, a beautiful new sign, and a new entrance into the gardens from Noon Peak Road so neighbors out for their daily stroll can appreciate the gardens close-up. The Bierbrier family and the Town of Waterville Valley generously sponsor the Mary Bierbrier Community Gardens.
Another great way to get involved in gardening while helping to keep our Waterville Valley community beautiful is through the Margret’s Hat Garden Club in which volunteers adopt a town flower bed. Read my earlier post about adopting a plot.
If you can’t commit to a long-term garden project and still want to give back to your community, then the Rey Center’s Garden Volunteer Day is for you!
On Saturday, June 15 Rey Center staff and volunteers will be building two more raised beds, creating the new public entrance to the gardens from Noon Peak Road, installing the new sign, and doing some general clean-up and weeding of the flower beds. Lunch will be provided.
In the fall of 2013, the Rey Center will have a fall harvest celebration and garden volunteer day when the gardens will be put to bed for the season with one final clean-up, and a potluck made from the harvest will be enjoyed. Stay tuned for date and details.
Learn more about community garden projects by calling or visiting the Rey Center in Town Square (second level) – 603-236-3308.