“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” ~Janet Kilburn Phillips On a breezy, chilly day Master Gardeners: Trisha Haislar, Pat Quinlan, Sarah Wilkerson and Bob Winkler met at the historic D.D. Collins House to begin planning the gardens. The ladies are all members of the Collinsville Garden Club; Bob is from the O’Fallon Garden Club. He is responsible for the Community Garden in that city. Many people from the community garden there. The design is wonderful and so
The scheduled work day for preparing the vegetable garden at the Collins House has been postponed until Saturday, April 1 at 9:00am. The ground is too cold to turn over and work in the compost at this time. We’re hoping for warmer temperatures in the next couple of weeks to thaw the ground. I know the house will also be open on the 1st. Lots of activity happening that day! We begin preparing the garden for spring planting. Boy Scout Troop 93 from the Meadow Heights Baptist
The Collinsville Garden Club has been a long-time supporter of the D.D. Collins House Project. Lavadna Hines and Dolores Kirby, members of the Garden Club, present a check in the amount of $500.00 to Bill Iseminger, Chairman of the Collinsville Historic Preservation Commission, while Arvil Wrigley, a commissioner of the CHPC, joins in accepting the presentation. This money helped develop the gardens that are being planted at the house. Arvil Wrigley, who has since passed away
AGNES IN THE GARDEN: In the first short entry, I told about my father's buying the Collins House in 1998 just four years before he died at the age of 97. At that time the house was referred to as the Bonn House for its longtime owners, Walter and Agnes Bonn. I remember that my parents often stopped by when they spotted Agnes working in their backyard vegetable garden. My mother especially liked Agnes's Goldenglow, an old-fashioned flower that provided color on the alley. Gold
Irving Dilliard takes a ride past the D.D. Collins House to check out the work being done at the house, which involved the removal of a one-room, attached store front which had been added to the house. That addition was originally a small grocery store built in about 1905; later the location became home to the Curl Up & Dye beauty shop. The building seen on the far right, which once housed Fisher’s Florist, is currently a driving school.