The Holiday in the Garden event happened for the first time on December 6th, from 4:30-7:30 PM at the UNCP Campus Garden & Apiary next to Pine Cottage. The event was held as a stress reliever for students, holiday fun for the community, and STEM activities for families in the surrounding community.
The event featured holiday music, a fire pit, hot and cold holiday goodies, pine cone ornament and card making, along with a wood burning craft station. There were garden tours from 4:30-5:00 PM, and awards were given to individuals for their contributions to the Garden & Apiary and to associated programs. Former Garden Managers Grant Wood, Hannah Swartz, and Cameron Troutman, graduating intern Stephanie Macklin, and volunteer Déja Duff were recognized.
The Campus Garden & Apiary Coordinators, Drs. Rita Hagevik, Martin Farley and Kaitlin Campbell, the Garden Manager Courtney Moore, and the Garden & Apiary interns Stephanie Macklin, Brandon Herron, Brandon Lee, Abigail Canela, Sally Cook, Josh Perry and Science Education graduate student Brittany Stokes all worked together to plan and to lead this event, in which over 100 students and families and UNCP faculty were in attendance.
The cool evening, warm drinks, the smores over the fire, and the craft making were all very popular, creating a festive mood. Those attending the event learned about the UNCP Campus Garden & Apiary as well as the Kids in the Garden program and other opportunities associated with the Garden & Apiary.
For additional information about how you can be involved in the UNCP Campus Garden & Apiary, please contact Dr. Rita Hagevik or Dr. Kaitlin Campbell. Please contact us also if you know of a 6th -12th grade student interested in the Kids in the Garden program, which starts on January 19th and runs from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Article Written by Courtney Moore