Louise met us at the entrance to the garden, where she'd been working in the mid-day heat and humidity. We'd had the chance to meet Louise earlier this year at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, so weren't surprised that she has played a large part in making the Smiley Park Children's Garden a success. She proudly pointed out that the funding to support the garden was entirely private monetary donations or donations of goods and services from local businesses.
On the backside of the butterfly house is perhaps the most clever use of boxwood I've ever seen. With the addition of a few colored pipes, this undulating boxwood hedge morphs into a caterpillar garden.
As I mentioned to Louise several times as she gave me a personal tour of all the areas of the garden, I was thoroughly impressed that a town the size of Van Wert could support such a huge endeavior as the Children's Garden at Smiley Park. That support is largely due to the efforts of Louise Hartwig, who has deftly and tirelessly worked to make the garden what it is today.