The district is creating a demonstration garden just north of the office - and it promises to be educational for ridge residents thinking about gardening and landscaping options for their Paradise homes.
The garden is a community project of the PID Demonstration Garden Ad Hoc Committee, including volunteers Chuck Bell, Ward Habriel and Michael Spiess. Mendon's Nursery and volunteer Kendal Gray have helped with the planning.
The garden is located on a patch of previously unused ground beside the district's parking lot and its corporation yard (6344 Clark Road).
A metal archway, fabricated by students in the Butte College's welding program, will greet visitors. Paths of decomposed granite will meander through planting areas and a plaque in memory of former PID Director Doug Flesher will be featured.
Planting areas will include a focus on erosion control; fire-resistant plants; plants to encourage butterflies, pollinators and birds; and drought-and shade-tolerant native plants.
A brochure will allow visitors to take a self-guided tour through the garden.
|Project Phase||Previous Fiscal Year Expenses||Fiscal Year 17/18||Fiscal Year 18/19||Fiscal Year 19/20||Total|
Want to help? Here's how!
You can help make our community's demonstration garden a reality with your tax-deductible gift to the project. Funds will be used for the construction and maintenance.
The garden was a favorite project of former PID Director Doug Flesher, who passed away in 2016. Prior to this death, Doug was a hearty proponent of the garden, enthusing often about all that could be learned at the site.
A plaque, honoring Flesher for his community involvement as well as service to PID, will be placed at the garden.
Community members can make a gift to the project in memory of Flesher - or any friend, or family member.
Checks can be made out to Paradise Irrigation District with a memo for "Buy a Bloom." Mail or drop off checks at 6332 Clark Road, Paradise, CA 95969. For more information call 877-4971.
Benefits to PID and its Customers
Once completed, kids and adults will be able to wander through the garden and learn more about the best plants for ridge landscaping, water-wise gardening concepts and different ways to efficiently irrigate a ridge garden and yard.
Additionally, water-wise gardening will be demonstrated, including examples of low-use irrigation and controller systems as well as Paradise climate zones and information about AquaHawk. PID will also display a service meter, pressure regulator and backflow prevention/anti-siphon device.
Anticipated Project Timeline
Project details updated December 2017