April Showers Bring May Flowers to the Residential Garden Program
May 16th, 2016
On a bright, warm day in mid-May former staff member of The Arc of Essex County Al Ianacone and fellow master gardener Sue Langner load up on vegetables, flowers, topsoil, and supplies to kick off the annual growing season. A few years ago the two met at a master gardening class and decided they wanted to offer their services to a local organization. Together, they now head up The Arc of Essex County's residential gardening program.
To date, five of The Arc of Essex County's community residences have their own home gardens. Each spring and summer, Ianacone and Langner open the gardens, plant saplings, and teach the residents and staff how to plant, weed, and harvest their bounties.
They will check in with each home in late-June and early-July to ensure the gardens are thriving, then return in the fall to close the gardens down when the cold weather seeps in. Thanks to the gardening program, the residents and staff are able to learn how to maintain a garden and enjoy the bounty of their efforts which include fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, string beans, and herbs.
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