5. Vegetable Garden & Wilson Windmill
We’ve been busy at the Gardens as always during the winter. The work on our Demonstration Garden renovation project, sponsored by Martin Environmental Services, is progressing steadily as this picture shows. This garden will consist of 18 raised vegetable beds constructed from a variety of materials and 3 smaller beds for seasonal flowers. The work is expected to be completed in time for spring planting so be sure to check out this area out on your next visit.
The vegetables grown in the garden are harvested and given to the Wiregrass Food Bank. Winter vegetables include turnips, collards, cabbage, carrots and broccoli, while in the Summer you’ll find okra, squash, eggplant, corn and tomatoes (among many others). The garden includes several varieties of fruit trees – pear, apple, loquat, plum and peach – a ‘raisin’ tree, muscadine arbors, blueberries and blackberries!
Rebirth of an Historical Landmark
For years a landmark on Highway 53, from Dothan to Cottonwood, was the Wilson Windmill, located on the estate of Sidney and Caroline Wilson. This was an historical landmark used to describe, or mark, the area as a point of reference. The windmill was erected on the Wilson farm in the early 1930’s and pumped water for domestic and farm use. Upon their deaths, the windmill was donated to the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens.