Michael D. Bach Garden
Welcome to our Garden

We welcome you to the Michael D. Bach Garden. The Garden has been a four year project that was conceived by our landscape instructor, John Hippley. Mr. Hippley wanted to do a project on the school's grounds which would teach his students the many facets of the landscape industry. You will notice here that our garden encompasses hardscapes, retaining walls, the creation of beds for planting, water gardening, plantings, and turf installation.

The Garden was designed by its namesake, Michael D. Bach. Mr. Bach was Marlington's first horticulture instructor when the program began in 1964. A graduate of Ohio State University, Bach retired in 1994. As the story goes, Mr. Hippley, who replaced Mr. Bach, asked him to create a garden to the north of the Horticulture building. Mr. Bach went home and returned the next day with a yellow paper and a design that the Landscape Construction/ Maintenance class used as their guide in the development of what you see today.

The garden was made possible through a grant from The Ohio State University. The Marlington Horticulture program has now received over $10,000 in grant monies to develop the garden. One day, a group of middle school students came to tour the garden. After showing them around and explaining everything to them, one student asked, “Isn’t this a big waste of taxpayers’ money?” Although some people might look at it like that, we in the Horticulture program have a different view. We believe that not all students learn best in a classroom setting. Although we could lecture our students in the classroom on how to build a brick walk or construct a water garden, our belief is that experiencing the hands-on construction is a better way to learn. The Ohio State University has made that learning experience possible to our students, and to them, we are grateful.

For those who toured our grounds a few years ago, you may have noticed that the garden did not exist. During the 2001-2002 school year, an old field nursery existed on this site. The Landscape Construction class began digging those plants and moved them so that the beds you see today could be installed. Eighty tons of topsoil was brought to the site the first year, and the beds were developed.

During the 2002-2003 school year, the garden changed dramatically. The main walkway from north to south was installed, the water feature and sunken garden were constructed, and sod was installed. At the end of the school year, the garden was dedicated to its’ designer, Michael D. Bach. Last year (2003-2004, year three), the garden’s walkway was extended 25 more feet to the south in order to reach the horticulture driveway. In addition, the walkway was extended west to give fans more access to the athletic fields.
What does the future of The Bach Garden hold? The landscape classes will obviously be kept busy maintaining the garden. One of our goals to help future classes is the placement of identification plaques on all plants. Lighting is projected to be installed within the next few months. Underground irrigation is also a future goal, and a gazebo and benches have always been in the original design. We hope to include perennials to add a little color to the garden. There are even plants to stretch the garden to the east (towards Moulin Avenue). The Horticulture program is currently waiting word on a new grant for more funding to help our future plans become a reality.

The Michael D. Bach Garden is not only a learning tool for the Landscape class here at Marlington. It is also intended for the enjoyment of the community. We are working hard to heighten community awareness of the garden. If you like what you see, stop here and visit and watch as the garden changes over the years. We appreciate you coming to visit us today.

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Marlington High School
10450 Moulin Ave. NE
Alliance, OH 44601

Phone: (330) 823 – 7588
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Last updated on March 1, 2005