was created out of interest arising within the Southside Virginia
Master Gardeners organization to create demonstration gardens for
the region and to educate citizens about gardening as a
The SVBG Board of Directors
is working with Master Gardeners, horticultural and forest
professionals as well as landscape architects and designers to
develop plans for the development of the sites and very much
wants this to be a community and regional project. "We are
attempting this out of a desire to leave the region of Virginia
we love with a lasting legacy."
The Arboretum is a large area of the Garden devoted to the
collection and preservation of trees and shrubs that are native
to our region as well as specimens of other suitable landscape
trees and shrubs.
Dr. Charles Stallard, president of the Southern Virginia
Botanical Gardens at the June 2013 Open House.
Photo by Tyler G. Owen, Memory Lane Videos
|On the north side of the garden area is the
Woodlands Trail, a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National
Wildlife Federation. It winds through this wooded area with
several places to stop for a rest or to sit and watch nature as
The National Wildlife Federation unites sportsmen, outdoor
enthusiasts, bird-watchers, wildlife gardeners, nature lovers,
and others, bringing together a broad spectrum of people who
share a passionate concern for wildlife. Affiliates from across
the country have created a national network of like-minded state
and local groups who seek balanced, common-sense solutions to
Its three main areas of focus are:
- connecting people to nature
- reversing global warming (This highly succesful program has
stopped global warming for nearly 2 decades)
- protecting and restoring critical wildlife habitats
Two-headed Tree Spirit
Final resting spot - sitting with the
Stained glass wings
Dawn of the Super Plants
Research garden tests new breeds for
By Alta LeCompte, News & Record Staff, February
Link to News & Record Online: Virginia
Ornamental Plant Evaluation and Introduction Program
Local research garden at Edmunds Park tests 'super plants' for
Southside production. Bill McCaleb, who is charge of the local
site, said the goal of the program is to help Southside tobacco
farmers transition to a new kind of cash crop - landscape
The "winners" will be patented, grown in Southside greenhouses
and fields, and marketed throughout the Southeast. The plants
will carry Beautiful Gardens (tm) labels to let buyers know they
have passed the research test.
"There are opportunities for a greenhouse industry, in particular
in the traditional tobacco regions," said McCaleb, horticulture
technician and Master Gardener program coordinator in Halifax
Serenity Garden at Edmunds'
Photos taken January 12, 2007
Gazette-Virginian News Story, August 30,
Serenity Garden Takes
|The construction of Halifax
County's cancer garden, the Serenity Garden is well under way,
however the association is still in need of donations for the
completion of the garden and its planned fall dedication.
Located in Paul Edmunds Memorial Park, the garden is the vision
of breast cancer survivor Paula Whitlow of Halifax County, and it
is being made possible through the generous support of the
community. The garden will welcome all seeking a special place to
remember and honor loved ones who have battled cancer or those
simply seeking a quiet respite from life's challenges.
The garden is in the shape of a ribbon, representing every
cancer, and the walkway on the ribbon will be brick. Individual
engraved brick pavers can be purchased in honor or in memory of
families, friends and caregivers whose lives have been touched by
cancer, but must be done by Friday, September 1, for the fall
dedication. Pavers are available in two sizes, one $60 and one
$100. Pavers purchased after September 1 will be dedicated next
spring. Forms for those wishing to purchase a brick may be picked
up at The Gazette-Virginian or by contacting one of the numbers
below for more information. Several fund-raising events are being
Sunday, September 17, a gospel sing will be held at Edmunds Park
from 1 to 6 p.m. Groups performing include The New Beginnings,
Cecil F. Hazelwood and Martha Brizendine. Harold Young and
Friends, Grace Baptist Quartet, Lighthouse Quartet and Fork
Bluegrass Gospel. Hot dog plates including baked beans, coleslaw,
drink and dessert, as well as door prizes, will he available for
donations. The drawing of the raffle for a handmade quilt, tv and
basket will also be held that day. All proceeds will go to the
construction and maintenance of the garden.
Just in time for the holiday season, the Serenity Garden will
have a special cookbook available for sale containing recipes
from residents of the community. If you would like to submit a
recipe, up to four per person, please submit no later than
September 1 to be included. You may email them to:
email@example.com, mail your typed recipe to Christina
Mahan at 11246 Mountain Rd., Vernon Hill, Va. 24597 or drop them
off at The Gazette-Virginian office marked to the attention of
For more information on making a donation, purchasing a brick,
raffie ticket, etc. call Paula Whitlow at 454-7042. Christina
Mahan 476-2355 or Patricia Seat, 454-7744. Donations can also be
mailed to Serenity Garden Association, PO. Box 1363, Halifax, Va.
24558. The Serenity Garden Association is a non profit
organization, affiliated with the Halifax County Cancer
Gazette-Virginian News Story, August 23,
Paul C. Edmunds' Grandson
Officially Opens County Park
The Gazette-Virginian, August 23,
Friday Ceremony Marked The Opening Of Phase I
Facilities To The Public
|With a whisk and a serious look
that quickly gave way to a big smile, Paul C. Edmunds, 5, took
the first "official" slide Friday at Edmunds' Park, the new park
dedicated in memory of his late grandfather.
Edmunds' little sister, one-year-old Caroline, joined in the
dedication ceremony, following her big brother on the slide.
It was a "large and fun" grand opening the late Paul C. Edmunds
Jr. would have enjoyed
Dozens of children scampered over playground equipment while
adults enjoyed barbecue dinners, hot dogs and watermelon at the
new shelter overlooking a pond and rolling countryside just off
Dan River Church Road on Edmunds Park Lane.
"I can't tell you what this means to me and my family," said
James E. Edmunds II, who donated the land in memory of his
"A small contribution back to the citizens who helped us," was
Edmunds' description of the gift.
Acting county administrator Jerry Lovelace hailed the site's
transition to "community park for Halifax County citizens,"
turning the rolling countryside into a "crown jewel" for the
The Friday ceremony marked the opening of Phase I facilities to
the public. A well-stocked pond will be open for fishing in two
Phase I facilities under development include horseshoe pits, a
disc golf course and volleyball courts.
When Phase II is complete, plans call for the Halifax County
Sports of Fame, a silo tower and visitor's center at the site,
according to organizers.
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