Master Gardener Projects in the News
Nelson County Master Gardeners are very fortunate to work within a county and Extension office that values education, values horticulture, and values the time given to young people who are eager to make their world a more sustainable home.
When Jr. Master Gardeners at Rockfish River Elementary School wanted to experience what they had read in their social study books about precolonial landscapes, the Nelson County Times Photographer Lee Luther, Jr. was there to photograph their installation of a native woodland. It was Earth Day. He also photographed 4-H students planting a spring garden, and that photo became a front page graphic for a story that announced the annual Nelson County Master Gardeners plant sale fundraiser coming up in a week.
When Habitat for Humanity completed their last home in 2013, in Arrington, Master Gardeners working on the Habitat project installed a native woodland, plus foundation landscaping, side and back gardens, and provided thick mulching for all four gardens. Who was there to document the value of this sharing? News Advance feature writer Katherine Lacaze and Lee Luther, Junior. It was their Thanksgiving Edition. Called Seeds of Unity, the photos took up most of the front page and half of the back page. Four other counties picked up the story and pictures and put it on their front pages.
This past Valentine's Day, 2014, the Nelson County Times front page photo and headline read: "Forging a native friendship. Monacan pipe carrier discusses Native American history, culture with Rockfish students." Five other county newspapers had that story and those photos on their front page within days.
May we all continue to reach out in friendship and helpfulness to one another.