Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Work continues on this community project, with the Conservancy providing stone sourcing and installation for this wonderful project. The garden is designed to represent Kentucky's varying terrain, and includes traditional walls, weeping springs, and more. The Arboretum is open to the public, so come on out and see our work.
The Conservancy's annual walling competition is the only one of its kind in the nation (as far as we know, and the world of drystone in America is kind of small!). This year more than thirty competitors traveled from ten different states to compete in three different divisions: novice, amateur and professional. The all-day event was almost rained out, but luckily all the rain fell the day before. I say lucky, but check out the standing water. The competitors slugged through however and came through winningly!
In July, the Conservancy participated as a sponsor and demonstrator during the annual Preservation Trades Network's Mini Rendezvous. The event, which brings together many traditional trades practitioners, was held in Frankfort, Kentucky over the Independence Day weekend. We designed a planter bed for the park's entrance sign (where the event was held). We combined all three styles of traditional Kentucky rock fence in the design, and we're quite pleased with the way it turned out!
In June of this year, we returned to the world famous distillery near Bardstown, to help them restore more of their rock fences. As you can see, the fences had fallen out quite a bit, but we were able to rebuild the fence, and it's great looking!