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Volunteers begin season at Holly Point Park

At one of the annual first grade field trips, Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park volunteer Becky Ferrell (right) talks to students and teachers about the care and feeding of many flowering plants, shrubs and vegetables cultivated in the park’s Children’s Garden. The donated greenhouse where the plants are husbanded for planting can be seen in the background.

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Deltaville Maritime Museum

As the spring season at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park begins, founding museum member Becky Ferrell and a small group of hands-on volunteers meet weekly at the park to improve the popular Children’s Garden and other areas that strike their fancy. 

Affectionately called the “Gardenerds” during the museum’s formative years, Becky and the volunteers were instrumental in the design of the Children’s Garden, nature trails, and many botanical features of the park.

“Back in the early days of the museum when we were basically reclaiming the entire 34-acre property there were more of us and we used donated resources from any and everyone. Now, as we approach the maritime park’s 20th anniversary, our wonderful staff takes care of the basic lawn maintenance, and myself and whoever else can help once a week concentrate on keeping the Children’s Garden the showpiece it is and adding more youth oriented plantings,” commented Becky.

“We would love extra hands. It’s pretty simple to help. We set a workday for every Wednesday morning if it’s not raining. Any and everyone are welcome to come by and help. You don’t have to come every week. Bring your gardening gloves. We get our hands in the dirt,” Becky continued. “I would especially like to thank volunteers Marilyn Callis and Ruth Gibb for their continued support.”

For more information on volunteering, call the museum office any day during open hours.

Next up at the museum on May 25: Holly Point Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Groovin’ in the Park concert, Ray Pittman 5-6 p.m. and Bobby Messano, 6-8 p.m.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, a volunteer, non-profit organization, is in Deltaville at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and by water on Mill Creek. To get to the museum and park, follow Route 33 (General Puller Hwy.) through Deltaville and turn right across from the Citgo service station onto Route 660 (Jackson Creek Rd.). The park is open dawn to dusk all year.

To find out more about the museum, visit You may also email the museum office at , write to P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043, or call the office at 804-776-7200.

posted 05.01.2019

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