King­stec hor­ti­cul­ture stu­dents pay it for­ward

Stu­dents re­warded for work in Wolfville Quiet Gar­den to help oth­ers

Valley Journal Advertiser - - BACK PAGE - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA With files from Wendy El­liott Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

Hor­ti­cul­ture stu­dents who re­ceived a sur­prise do­na­tion as a thank-you for the good work they did in Kent Lodge’s Quiet Gar­den have paid it for­ward to help oth­ers.

Stu­dents in the Hor­ti­cul­ture and Land­scape Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram at the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege King­stec Cam­pus in Kentville spent three months this past fall work­ing in the Quiet Gar­den, lo­cated off Main Street in Wolfville. The work was part of a stu­dent Ser­vice Learn­ing Project.

Owned by Pa­tri­cia Moore, the gar­den is the first in Nova Sco­tia to re­ceive des­ig­na­tion as a Quiet Gar­den. As a thank-you to the stu­dents, Moore sur­prised them with a cheque for $500. The stu­dents de­cided to do­nate the money to the NSCC King­stec Cam­pus Make Way Cam­paign fund.

The cam­paign aims to make post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion more ac­ces­si­ble and to give stu­dents the tools they need to suc­ceed in the Nova Sco­tia job mar­ket.

Touched by Moore’s gen­er­ous act, the stu­dents cre­ated a Christ­mas wreath and a bou­quet for her. Neigh­bour and sec­ond year Hor­ti­cul­ture and Land­scape Tech­nol­ogy stu­dent Cody Whynot pre­sented the gifts to Moore on be­half of the group.

Great ex­pe­ri­ence

Whynot said get­ting to work on the Quiet Gar­den is “def­i­nitely a big step for my ca­reer.” He and his fel­low stu­dents all con­sid­ered it a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I re­ally rec­om­mend any­one that is in the area to go there, it’s beau­ti­ful all year round, even in the win­ter­time,” he said.

Whynot’s in­volve­ment started when he had a sum­mer job work­ing at Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity’s K.C. Irv­ing Cen­tre. He and his su­per­vi­sor went to visit the Kent Lodge gar­dens. Whynot said Moore was look­ing for some­one to do some grounds main­te­nance. His su­per­vi­sor asked him if he’d be will­ing to take on the work and Whynot agreed.

Whynot said that when he started, there was quite a bit that needed to be done and he felt a lit­tle over­whelmed. Whynot asked his class­mates if they’d come and help him and they obliged. They de­cided to de­sign a gar­den plot for Moore.

The stu­dents are aware of the sup­port that Moore and her late hus­band, Reg, have shown to NSCC stu­dents. Whynot said the stu­dents donated the mon­e­tary gift from Moore to the col­lege’s Make Way Cam­paign be­cause they rec­og­nize the dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial po­si­tion many stu­dents face in the pur­suit of post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. They wanted to pay homage to the Moores by in­vest­ing in fu­ture stu­dent suc­cess, just as they have done.

Moore said the stu­dents dug up two beds, re­fur­bish­ing one and mak­ing the other over with their own de­sign. She was very im­pressed with the work. It was a In De­cem­ber, NSCC Hor­ti­cul­ture and Land­scape Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents and fac­ulty pre­sented Kent Lodge owner Pa­tri­cia Moore, front, third from left, with a bou­quet and Christ­mas wreath. Also on hand were Cody Whynot (back, left) Sheri Ea­ton, Shawna Han­nam, Wayne Moores, An­drew Hague (front, left) fac­ulty mem­ber Michelle Muise and Amanda Greeno. This past fall, stu­dents from the NSCC King­stec Hor­ti­cul­ture and Land­scape Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram worked in the Quiet Gar­den at Kent Lodge in Wolfville. Pic­tured from the left are Natasha MacTav­ish, Sheri Ea­ton, Wayne Moores, Kameron Lock­hart, owner Pa­tri­cia Moore, Wing Ki Kwok, Cody Whynot, Shawna Han­nam, Me­gan Moss, Alexan­dra Mans­ley, Lily Lane and Alex Wentzell. Kneel­ing in front are fac­ulty mem­ber Michelle Muis and Chad Mer­rett.

good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents and a good pub­lic ser­vice.

About the Quiet Gar­den

Moore said her late hus­band’s gar­den had al­ways been open to the pub­lic but he passed away be­fore it could be regis­tered as a Quiet Gar­den. It is now the only of­fi­cial Quiet Gar­den in Nova Sco­tia, the eleventh in Canada. Moore said the gar­den is open to the pub­lic year-round from sun­rise to sun­set.

She said her fam­ily es­tab­lished a schol­ar­ship for hor­ti­cul­tural stu­dents and that’s how they first came into con­tact with the NSCC Hor­ti­cul­ture and Land­scape Tech­nol­ogy class three or four years ago. This past year, the stu­dents of­fered to help with the gar­den.

Moore said she fig­ured out what it would have cost to have an es­tab­lished com­pany do the work the stu­dents com­pleted and used this as the ba­sis for her do­na­tion. The

stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to de­cide how to use it.

She said her hus­band, who used to teach at Aca­dia, wanted to help en­sure the suc­cess of com­mu­nity col­lege stu­dents by pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance.

The Quiet Gar­den at Kent Lodge was blessed as part of an ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice this past Septem­ber. Moore said at the time that the flora re­flects her late hus­band’s re­spect for the land and his in­ter-

est in land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture.

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