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A Capital Idea

Text & photos by Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The  Community Kitchen Garden enjoyed a productive visit from 20 volunteers from Capital One’s Merchant Disputes department. Led by Wilma Rooney, the team accomplished a great deal of labor for the Garden, despite the surprisingly sweltering heat for early May.  During the past two Saturday morning work sessions we engaged a combined total of 25 individual volunteers registered through HandsOn RVA, in addition to several Lewis Ginter volunteers each day. We also had eight Kroger employees who worked in the garden.  The first tomato and eggplant seedlings have been planted, zucchini seed has sprouted, and beets, turnips and red potatoes are coming along nicely.

Lewis Ginter gardener Laura Schumm plants Gold Rush zucchini seed with a member of the Capital One team. They demonstrate style and wisdom in their choice of gardening hats.

Lewis Ginter gardener Laura Schumm plants Gold Rush zucchini seed with a member of the Capital One team. They demonstrate style and wisdom in their choice of gardening hats.

 

The team dashes into action, eagerly tackling task after task.

The team dashes into action, eagerly tackling task after task.

 

The Capital One team, hot but happy.

The Capital One team, hot but happy.

 

After a beautiful display of yellow blossoms, the kale and collard plants are removed to make way for tomatoes.

After a beautiful display of yellow blossoms, the kale and collard plants are removed to make way for tomatoes.

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