Nov 2nd, 2012

Scots Take the Highlands

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator

This is the time of year when you hear a lot about the Scots, from ads for the Highland Games to the guy on the radio talking about grass seed.
The Wooster Fighting Scots – alumni & parents from the College of Wooster – came out to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden in October. Maybe they were attracted by the fact that most of the Community Kitchen Garden occupies the highest elevation on the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden campus (the “highlands”) but most likely it was strictly for the important community service. The Wooster Fighting Scots joined in with volunteers from HandsOn Greater Richmond for the second year in a row  to form a dynamic team, accomplishing a ton of gardening labor in one short beautiful morning. Fading tomato vines were pulled out. Cabbage, cauliflower and onions were planted. The cole crops were fertilized with fish emulsion and seaweed extract.

VCU students perform manual inspection on the broccoli plants, looking to remove insect pests.


community kitchen garden volunteers

It’s always a flurry of activity when we have large groups of volunteers in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden.


community kitchen garden volunteers -- the whole gang!

The entire group: College of Wooster alumni (& parents), HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteers and Lewis Ginter volunteers.


Wooster Scot volunteers

The Wooster Scots, led by Corey Humphrey (right rear). (Corey is also the son of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Director of Education, Randee Humphrey in the white shirt and baseball cap.)

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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