THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Davis & Elkins College is offering its second annual Planting Day today with help from students, local residents and the Emma Scott Garden Club.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, rain or shine.
“Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to join us for the morning, the afternoon, or both! If you can’t do an entire three-hour shift, that’s fine, too. Just come and participate when you’re able!” D&E’s first lady Lisa Wood said.
Participants are asked to meet at the bench circle across from the gatehouse entrance.
Community members are encouraged to participate and join the planting at any time of the day. Volunteers can work in pairs or small groups or work on their own.
Maps and supplies will be handed out to volunteers, but participants are encouraged to bring their own garden tools and gloves.
At noon, the volunteers will be treated to a hot dog and chip lunch break at the picnic shelter beside the tennis courts.
The event was created last May, when former D&E First Lady Joni Smith wanted to beautify the campus for the upcoming graduation and summer events.
The campus wants to keep the tradition going by sprucing up flower beds and planters around the campus with white and red flowers and other annuals.
Last year, the volunteers planted red and white pogonias to show their school pride in the summer months, which welcome community members, scholars and the Augusta program.
“We want to make the campus beautiful for graduation activities plus all of the events that happen at D&E throughout the summer. From Augusta to camps to the return of students in August, they all deserve a lovely campus!” Wood stated.