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John’s Take-Fall 2018
It seems it was a long time coming for the completion of laying pavers in the Therapy Garden. Now that it’s done it feels like a turning point. Not only is it much easier for our students in wheelchairs to get around the garden, the garden feels bigger and has a more polished look. And that leads us to think about other improvements we can make to the garden to make it a year-round attraction.
Things like more plantings along the back fence and possibly an ornamental installation.
Erica Piela is taking this on, she is our newly hired person to lead the Horticultural Therapy (HT) program for 3 schools. Mary Martin who was so instrumental in getting the program started and guided it for so many years decided that about 40 years of working with high school students was plenty. She will still lend her considerable talents and creativity in many other areas. But Erica has stepped in after doing her HT internship at Bullington. After stints at BB Barns, Biltmore Estate and Chimney Rock Park, Erica brings lots or great experience to flesh out her new ideas.
We were also so fortunate to have another HT intern Sienna Kuykendall from New Orleans to work with us for just a month. But what a month it was. She helped expand our HT program in new areas. Having Sienna and Erica here with new ideas and energy revealed what more we can do with our HT program. The challenge for us is to find the resources to sustain it. We’d love to have Erica work with us for more than 1 day a week. And we know there are school and community groups who would benefit from participating in our HT program. So it’s an exciting time as we welcome our renovated Therapy Garden and Erica and the possibilities for both in the near future.
Read the entire Fall Newsletter here:https://mailchi.mp/6c57f6ded287/august-2018-newsletter-350193
Location: Bullington Gardens