In the 1800’s, Peppermint was the cash crop that turned Lyons, NY into a thriving mecca. The Erie Canal was used to transport endless shipments of peppermint oil to countries around the world. Lyons was once even known as the “Peppermint Oil Capital of the World.”
Starting on Saturday, July 14, the annual Peppermint festival kicks off with commemorative activities happening throughout downtown, at the Hotchkiss Peppermint Building and on the Erie Canal. But, not far from celebration is a park where the hybrid mint can actually be smelled, touched and tasted.
It’s the Trail of Hope, a Trail Works, Inc. in conjunction with Forever Wild for Everyone collaboration, designed to connect children and the disabled with the wonders of Mother Nature.
Build on land adjacent to the Lyons Community Center, the project is the brainchild of local resident and community organizer, Mark De Cracker. Thanks to an endless supply of volunteers the following has been build: dozens of flower and herb gardens, a covered bridge, several waterfalls and ponds, raised beds of perennials and vegetables, sod furniture, even a Yellow Brick Road.
To view the video that complements this blog: http://youtu.be/31d4VJcIDOQ