Where Did This Idea Get Rooted?Last year when we launched our new Teen Center Program, the Heart of the Rockies Christian Church donated a plot for us to begin a pilot garden program. Our teen clients were responsible for researching and selected various plants, such as peppers, tomatoes and flowers. After planting, and with the help of many wonderful volunteers and our younger kiddos, the teens would make daily field trips to tend and cultivate their produce.
How Did The Garden Plans Blossom?A local Landscape Architect named Drew Cronin came forward when hearing about our garden dreams, and created a design for us. With the help of Kim Ewy, plants were selected and therapeutic areas designated. When two local donors, Jeff and Rhonda Wolff, approached Respite Care with the vision of a memorial donation that would live on in honor of their daughter Jardine (French for garden), it was time for the garden dream to start becoming a reality. Thanks to material donations from local companies, many volunteer groups stepped up to start the process of plotting the ground, laying pea gravel, digging post holes and building the fencing.
"This project speaks to the generosity and drive in Fort Collins to make really important things happen for our kids," Development Associate Lauren Whynott said. "This garden will become something permanent that's engrained in the Respite Care culture."