What’s happening in the garden is a good question.  Some have thought it was the second coming of the Confederate submarine, the Hunley.  Others have suggested Captain Nemo has come for a visit.  Others are aghast at the rising of the propane tank in the garden and have made suggestions as to how to rectify the problem.  Among those solutions are painting the tank (jokingly called “The Submarine”) yellow; letting English Ivy grow all over it to cover it up; painting it with flowers; painting it red, white and blue; moving it to another place on the property; bury it deeper, etc.

Unfortunately, none of those solutions are feasible or permitted.  There is no other place on the property that the tank can be relocated because we are land-locked and have no place that is within the required 10 feet away from the building.   Wilson Gas tells us that burying it deeper is impossible.  The Building and Grounds Committee and the Garden Committee are in agreement that the other suggestions may not work as the parishioners might object.  So, no yellow submarine, no painting the tank and no English Ivy.

The reason for the “rising” of the propane tank is due to the large amount of rainfall we have had in 2017, plus an extra 10 inches in two weeks following the hurricanes and tropical storm.  The water table has risen on the entire Highlands Plateau and that is not bad news, but he church’s property is at a low spot and receives water from many areas, thus the water table is higher at the corner of Main and 5th Streets than nearly anywhere in town.

The real solution, the two committees have decided, is to have a landscape architect look at the situation and come up with a workable plan.  The architect, Hank Ross, agreed this is a real “head scratcher”, but after a couple of visits to the garden and hours of deliberation, he has developed a plan to conceal the tank using artistic stonework and making a terraced-effect in the portion of the garden where the 20-foot-long tank is located.  Perennials and shrubs will be planted on the elevations concealing the tank.  We are hopeful the rock work can be done and the garden restored by November 18.

As usual, we depend on the work of the Garden Committee.  Please remember that all are invited to join us on Tuesday mornings at 9:30. We will probably need extra help during this period, so please save a little time to help in the garden at Incarnation.


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