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Our New Heritage Nursery
Dudley Farm Historic State Park's Unit Management Plan which was written in 2004 states the following:
"A heritage nursery is needed for propagation and maintenance of the heirloom variety of trees, shrubs and flowers from the Dudley landscape. The long-range goal is that a plant nursery should be established outside the Dudley home place but within the park, to propagate samples of all garden plant materials and important tree varieties important to Dudley Farm."
With the vision of our CSO (Friends of Dudley Farm) president, Art Wade, this project has begun in earnest. An area on the east side of park property near our Collections building was chosen for the site. Brush and a few small trees had to be cleared. A tall 'deer proof' fence had to be put up as there are quite a few deer on the property. Then Art tapped a water line from a close-by well (one of the reasons for choosing this site) and ran hose bibs for the future irrigation system. Following this, Art laid rolls of landscape cloth for weed control. Then he invited our 2 resident volunteers Jimmy Stephens and Mike Crane to his own home nursery to learn how to construct raised tables for holding the plant pots. These volunteers did a marvelous job of constructing the 3 long wood tables. Then Art installed the misting irrigation system which is on an automated timer system.
The plant committee has been busily potting up plants. Many plants and trees were donated, and some plants purchased at wholesale prices from Southern Gardening Nursery. These plants will be a resource for maintaining stock for the Dudley homestead gardens, and will also be sold at the Commissary (gift shop) as a fundraiser for the Friends of Dudley Farm.
There are still a few additional needs to complete the nursery. A work table needs to be constructed. A new metal canopy to cover the worksite, and a storage cabinet to hold irrigation parts, fertilizer, etc must be purchased. But, we are well on our way to finally accomplishing this State Park goal which will be a great asset to Dudley Farm Historic State Park, and which is funded and built by the Friends of Dudley Farm.
Stay tuned for the latest updates.
- Annual special events eg.Fall Farm & Cane Festival
- Membership Dues
- Friends' Commissary gift shop
- Pay for part-time Farm Specialist
- Added new docents and volunteers
- Donated supplies and equipment
- Pay for feed and veterinary bills for cracker cattle and mules
- Established a web site
- Paid to move the Marchant Commissary to the park
- Purchased and repaired farm equipment and purchased seed
- Instrumental in constructing a Collections building and staffing with volunteers
- Opened and staffed Commissary Gift Store
- Purchased CPU for volunteer use
- Purchased folding tables and canopy tents for park and CSO
- Replaced the ramp going into the tram to make it more handicapped accessible
- Brand new website with "charge" capability and mobile device friendly
- New repair area (remodeled 50s kitchen)
- Built the new Cane Syrup Complex at the Visitor Center.
- Purchased Event Pavilion for larger attendance events, and also for paid rentals such as weddings.
- Purchased computers, printers, software and associated supplies for Collections Building and CSO needs.
- Installed irrigation system for the Dudley Heritage Roses at the Visitor Center.
- Indoor Educational Center
- Attaining National Landmark status
- Special activities for "Friends" members
- Developed / Constructed and maintains the Dudley Heritage Plant Nursery (in progress).
- #1 priority is the securing of an educational facility at the north end of the parking lot. Currently we have no facility to hold educational programs and demonstrations for children and the public.
- A New Year at the Park
- Ice cream social and volunteer awards
- Fall Farm & Cane Festival
- Plowing Up the Past
- Quilt Day
- Reconstruction (after the Civil War)
- Partake of the Past