Tryon Depot Garden
Tryon Depot Garden
The Tryon Garden Club Civic Beautification Committee maintains the Tryon Depot Garden located at the corner of Pacolet and Depot streets in downtown Tryon. The Club has maintained this beautiful Garden since the 1940s. The 1906 Tryon Train Depot, adjacent to the Garden, was used when the train was active in the area. The Depot was renovated in 2010 and is now used for private business, as well as public functions.
The Depot Garden is part of the Tryon Parks System. Many of the plantings are labeled to help visitors learn about the diversity of the shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing break on one of the comfortable benches overlooking Trade Street. A recent grant from the Polk County Appearance Commission helped the club purchase additional lighting for the garden.
A new lighting system now allows visitors to enjoy the garden after sunset.
In the past five years, the Civic Beautification team has added native plants and shrubs to the garden. A native rock garden can be found in the center island bed with many of the plants and rocks brought from the Pearson’s Fall’s property. Our projects have been generously supported by Kirby Endowment Grants through the Polk County Community Foundation and the Town of Tryon.
The Garden has been awarded a Monarch Butterfly Waystation designation that creates and protects monarch habitat and is listed in the International Monarch Butterfly Waystation Registry. Plants that provide food for larva and butterflies include Butterfly Weed, Phlox, Daisy, Goldenrod, Aster, Cosmos, Violet, Purple Coneflower, Joe Pye Weed, Scarlet Sage, Tithonia and Zinnia. Shrubs include Butterfly Bush, Native Rose, Spicebush and Blueberry. An International Monarch Waystation sign reminds visitors of the need to conserve habitats and nurture area butterflies and encourages visitors to create their own monarch habitat.