The Victorian home that houses the Gardner Historical Museum will soon be even more historically accurate.
Jake Drury, 17, is decorating the grounds with period-correct landscaping as an Eagle Scout project.
“The project is important to me because my family has a long history here in Gardner,” Drury said. “…I want to help improve our city’s historical museum for future generations.”
Drury’s project will consist of adding two gardens to the property and rebuilding the flag mall in the front yard.
The gardens will include plants that were commonly used when the house was built in 1893.
Drury researched the plants before deciding which species to incorporate into his project.
Some of the plants he is using are Purple Prairie Clover, Blazing Star and Brown-Eyed Susans.
“We’ve already ordered them,” Drury said. “We are going to pick them up in a couple of weeks.”
Laura McCarthy, museum board member, said she is looking forward to the museum’s new landscaping.
She wants the project to be completed in time for the museum’s ice cream social.
“It will improve the outside appearance, especially when we have outside events,”McCarthy said.
Drury said the project will take about a weekend to complete.
He plans to start on June 23.
Drury is in the process of raising funds to cover costs for the landscaping.
He is estimating the project to cost about $850 and needs about another $400 to cover expenses.
Persons wanting to donate are asked to make checks payable to the Gardner Historical Museum and mailed to 204 W. Main St., Gardner, KS 66030.
A notation should be made that the check is intended for Drury’s project.
“My project will improve the museum and hopefully will attract more visitors, allowing them to learn more about Gardner,” Drury said.
For more information about the museum, gardnerhistorymuseum.org.