Flower Power at Hiland Hall Gardens

Flower Power at Hiland Hall Gardens

Flower Power at Hiland Hall Gardens

There’s a new flower growing venture in North Bennington. Vt. The Petal Pushers, interns at the Hiland Hall Gardens, will offer the fruits of their labors for sale in front of Powers Market from 11:30 to 1, Mondays and Fridays through  August.

Hiland Hall Gardens’ summer gardening internship program, now in its fifth year, is aimed at young people between 14 and 20, to provide them with a comprehensive introduction to gardening, plants, local horticulture, history and agriculture. The paid internship is approximately six weeks in duration.

This year we have three young ladies participating from Mount Anthony High School:Mary Subaru, Fayla Sutton and Bridgette Evans. Local artist and gardener, Stella Ehrich is the program mentor and director, along with Elizabeth Luca of the Bennington Garden Club. The project includes flower planting and general garden upkeep, flower arranging, sales, sharing natures beauty with others, journaling, nature walks and more.

The interns, who call themselves The Petal Pushers, will be making beautiful bouquets and selling them in vintage vases with their flower cart. All proceeds benefit the  summer internship program. Bouquets will also be delivered to unsuspecting folks in our community throughout the summer, as a way to spread a little more happiness around.

The interns will leave the program with marketable skills in gardening, sales and community outreach.

Friends of Hiland Hall Gardens’ vision is to re-establish the Gardens as a center for education and gardeners in the greater Bennington, Vt. area. We are committed to creating a garden where community grows along side flowers, grapes, herbs and pumpkins. We are indebted to the Fund for North Bennington for their generous support, which makes our internship programs possible, and to Powers Market for their enthusiasm and willingness to share their space with us.

For details, contact Sandra Magsamen, Friends of Hiland Hall Gardens, at sandramagsamen@comcast.net.

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