If you walk around Petersburg in the Summer, you will see colorful lush gardens in our City parks and along the sidewalks. The person responsible for these lovely wonders is Jesse O'Connor. Jesse has been landscaping and nourishing city gardens for years and his work is appreciated by all who walk down the streets of our town.
If you've lived in Petersburg very long, you know that things looked very different before Jesse built the cities gardens. We forget the barren landscape of 15 years ago when the Harbor parking lot was just a parking lot.
I think this was one of Jesse's first gardens. Look at how the trees have grown. The colorful annuals accessorize the the lush green and crimson trees during the summer months.
Eric Larson's black bear hides behind the flowering shrubs.
This garden is an example of Jesse's masterful attention to detail. This garden flowers throughout the summer and the majority of the plants in this garden are bulbs and perennials. Bulbs and perennials are lovely when they are flowering but the life of each bloom is relatively short. The blooms in this garden begin with tulips and daffodils in the Spring and as these flowers wane, the peonies begin their luscious blooms, bordered by Snow-In-Summer. This picture was taken after the peony bloom, during mid July. The terracing of the Ligularia, Hostas and Astilbe makes a lovely backdrop for this restful seating area at the bottom of the hill.
If you garden in Petersburg, you know how difficult it is to get flowers to grow in the dark wet Summer months. Jesse's gardens are always colorful, lush and healthy. When you see Jesse, you might want to thank him for almost single handedly, bringing so much beauty to Petersburg.