Y O U R O T H E R L I F E
Seeds of a Scenic Sort
Photo by Bill
"Since I walk by Sherwood Gardens on my way to and from work each day, I'm motivated to make it look nice," Barnett says.
Sherwood Gardens has gained renown for its beauty in late April and early May, when 75,000 tulips erupt in full bloom. But for years, the garden went from beautiful to blah after the tulips peaked. That all changed 13 years ago, when Barnett and his wife, Dottie, who is now deceased, spearheaded an "adopt-a-plot" program. Each year during Memorial Day weekend, some 30 neighborhood green thumbs and others from farther away dig up the tulip bulbs and plant 20,000 annuals in their place. The Guilford Association, the homeowners group that purchased the Sherwood Gardens from its namesake, John Sherwood, roughly 50 years ago, supplies mulch and fertilizer and hires Hopkins students to pitch in. The numbered plots are "adopted" by the volunteer gardeners, who tend them throughout the summer, then ready them for another round of tulip bulb sowing in the fall.
Barnett wasn't always so floral-minded. Growing up on a
farm in Ohio, corn was more his game. "Flowers are quite
different from corn," he says. "You don't get to drive
around 260 acres on a tractor here, either." --Amy
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