Lowe’s Home Improvement converts Mission Oaks Garden building into ‘Discovery Shed’


Photo provided by Russ Engington, Executive Director of the Muskingum Valley Park District.

By Jessica Johnston, Assistant News Director

The Children’s Garden at Mission Oaks Garden is getting a “facelift.”

The Zanesville Lowe’s Home Improvement store is sprucing up the Children’s Garden by turning a small building into a “Discovery Shed” where kids can learn more about gardening and nature.

“The MOG Children’s Garden is a prime example of community service,” Muskingum Valley Park District Executive Director Russ Edgington said. “Improvements to the Discovery Shed and garden were initiated in 2017 through the generosity of the Zanesville Daybreak Rotary. The torch has now been passed to our local Lowe’s Heroes.”

The building’s upgrades include vinyl siding, a new entrance door, a finished ceiling and interior lighting.

Once finished, young community members visiting the new shed will have the opportunity to look at an extensive bird feeding station that is also being donated and installed by Lowe’s.

According to a media release from the Muskingum Valley Park District, Lowe’s began a country-wide volunteer program called “Lowe’s Heroes” in the 1990s. With the establishment of the program, it has allowed Lowe’s employees to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.

Employees from the Zanesville Lowe’s location are providing all of the labor for the Discovery Shed project.

In addition to Lowe’s project at Mission Oaks Garden, other features that are being added to the garden include a new handicapped accessible sandbox for children of all abilities, park benches and a three-dimensional arbor.

Edgington encouraged park goers to visit the children’s garden often to watch as the ongoing improvements unfold.