Announcing the 2010 Professional Outreach Project – a garden in the making

After some thoughtful discussions, top-notch meetings, and tough decisions, the Fellows have decided on our summer project.  We’ll be developing design concepts for a new 1-acre garden at the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ (DHSS) Holloway Campus in New Castle, DE.

A joint venture between DHSS, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, the New Castle County Cooperative Extension, the University of Delaware’s Center for Disability Services, and the Delaware Center for Horticulture, the new garden will incorporate principles of universal accessibility and sustainable agriculture. It is envisioned as a venue for horticultural therapy, art therapy, and community gardening, as well as a place for respite and reflection.

Sounds like a great project, right? We think so too!  We’re excited to get started, and to bring the incoming class of first year students on board.

Last week, we met with two of the project masterminds--Faith Kuehn, Plant Industries Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, and Ray Majewski, Director of Therapy at Delaware Psychiatric Center. We also had a chance to chat with Bruce, head of greenhouse operations.

In addition to explaining the project, Ray and Faith gave us a tour of the future garden site.

As you can see, we have a blank slate to work with!

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