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Eagle Scout Constructs a Heritage Garden

The Orson B. Adams house and farmstead, once a part of the historic community of Harrisburg, now reside within the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.  Long neglected, the BLM St. George Field Office oversaw the rehabilitation of the Adams home in 2009.  Future efforts will focus on interpreting the landscape and its importance to the early pioneers who struggled to make a home here.

To assist with these future efforts, Braxton Barnes developed an Eagle Scout project to re-construct the home’s vegetable garden.  Armed with historic photos and knowledge of the vegetables grown in the area during the mid-1800’s, Eagle Scout Braxton designed a new heritage garden. 

On the day of installation, Braxton brought together numerous volunteers that terraced the ground with rakes, shovels and pulaskis; constructed an irrigation system; and planted a variety of seeds, including watermelon, squash, and sunflowers.  The finishing touch was the construction and “white washing” of a picket fence surrounding the garden, recreating a domestic scene as shown in a surviving historic photo.

Thanks to Braxton another part of history is revealed.

Tools lined up before a hard day at work

Volunteers and St George Field Office staff working on the garden


Volunteers painting the white picket fence