Have you ever walked through a garden and marveled at how beautiful it is? Have you ever wondered who actually takes care of the gardens and keeps them looking so nice?
Danielle Squire is the Specialty Gardens Coordinator, and she puts a lot of hard work and effort all year round to make sure the gardens look their best. There are multiple gardens around campus that you can enjoy. There is one in the Robert Callaway Memorial Healing Garden in the courtyard, the hummingbird butterfly habitat garden by the Patsie C. Capana, Sr. Engineering and Development Center and many more through out the campus.
Squire said before she took over as the specialty gardens coordinator, “They weren’t taken care of as much and were unmanageable.” But now with the help of students and people from the community, Squire is working hard to make the gardens more sustainable. She gets about one to four student volunteers, and some of the work includes pulling weeds and shoveling mulch.
Even during the winter there is still work to be done.
Squire is working on making a plant database and plant labels to better educate the public on what is growing in the gardens.
The gardens aren’t just for nice scenery. There are students here at LCCC that use the gardens for educational purposes. They study the different plants in the garden and the breakdown of each plant. During the winter, Squire takes the volunteers into the greenhouse, which is located on the third floor of the lab sciences building, and they do research of each of the plants; known as biologics.
“I want to better educate the community so that they get a different view of beauty,” said Squire.
Squire also said that they are working with the occupational students to make the gardens more handicap accessible so that everyone can enjoy the gardens.
Helping Squire in the garden can also go toward school credit through the service learning. Students can also go and help her out and keep the gardens looking nice every Friday from one to four.
There is work that can be done all year long, either research in the greenhouse or going out in the garden and weeding. Squire said, “It’s hard work and it’s visibly rewarding seeing people in the garden and talking about them.”
Anyone interested can contact Squire at email@example.com.