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Greetings from gardeners

A new "Community Garden" has been developed on a triangular piece of village property between the Hwy. 10-63 west hill and Old West Main Street at Ellsworth's west entrance.

The project began with several members of the St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners, who are required to perform community service, according to Pam Pazdernik of the group.

Pazdernik, who's also a member of the Ellsworth Lions Club, secured funding for the garden from the Lions in April and approval to use the site from the village board in May.

Harrington's Greenhouse of Ellsworth agreed to provide plants at a reduced rate and Pazdernik is happy to report enough leftover money exists for incidentals, such as mulch.

Public Works Director Greg Engeset arranged to have brick installed for the flower bed, which now contains 35 perennial plants, including mums.

In the future, a shade garden may be created nearby and a sign proclaiming "Community Garden" added.

The village crew will do the watering, while Master Gardener members handle other maintenance, such as weeding and "putting the garden to bed" for the winter.