EARTH CARE AWARENESS
“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than with sorrow we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” (Lyndon B. Johnson)
On Earth Day, the 2018 Earth Care award was announced. For the past year Craig Veasey and Dudley Stone discussed ideas for a pollinator garden as well as the possibility of bee hives in Providence Gardens. With the support of the church, grants, the Boy Scouts, and local businesses, they worked hard to make the apiary and pollinator garden a reality. We wanted to show our appreciation to Craig and Dudley for preparing a home for the pollinators here at Providence. So we honored them with the second Earth Care award and presented them with stainless steel bee yard art by sculptor Tom Risser.
The first Earth Care award was presented in 2015 to Diane Baker’s grandson, Wyatt Williamson. They have been regular volunteers in Providence’s church campus recycling program. Wyatt proudly called this “his job”. To show our appreciation, he was given a book, The Curious Garden. Since then, Wyatt hasn’t forgotten. His elementary school highlights nine character traits over the year. When his mother volunteered to read a book on one month’s trait, perseverance, The Curious Garden was recommended. Wyatt said, “Mommy, could you mention at the end that I received that book for my perseverance at my recycling job?”
***Want to check out Providence Gardens? Walk through the parking lot on Alexa Road, past the gate. To the right, the gleaning garden is tilled annually and volunteers plant it in late April. Community gardens are available for the season. Further out on the left is a new garden, funded through a grant from the Bayer Corporation “Feed a Bee” pollinator forage initiative. While you are walking, see if you can spot several birdhouses around the perimeter. Finally, bees are settling into their new hives behind a fenced in area to the right. Yes, we are now the PresBees! Because the ring of trees around Providence Gardens helps block auto pollution and muffles traffic noise, a walk around the mowed perimeter of Providence Gardens allows prayerful meditation.